Ant-Man is one of the forgotten Avengers. The movie adaptation did not include him in the original team. Ant-Man becomes an important member of the team and provides some much needed support and technology.
Marvel’s elite team of superheroes, the Avengers has a revolving roster of members who join together to defend the earth against a variety of threats. The original team was brought together to help defeat Loki and his quest to rule the world. Marvel created the team to fill a void in their already existing comic book line up. The team was created from various superheroes that were already known and popular with readers.
The original team of the Avengers consisted of five members
* The Incredible Hulk
* Thor, the Asgardian master of thunder
* Iron Man
* The Wasp
There have been at least two different men who have donned the title of Ant-Man, Hank Pym and Scott Lang. Both men were members of the Avengers at one time.
Hank Pym was the original Ant-Man. Pym was a scientist who was researching molecular reduction. He created an energy particle that would allow for molecular shrinking. These Pym Particles would be the basis for Ant-Man’s ability to reduce in size. Ant-Man has the ability to reduce to the size of a large insect and retain the strength of a full size human. Ant-Man would use his size to infiltrate areas and then provide access for others.
Later Pym would be able to reverse the process of the Pym Particles and increase in size to become Giant Man. Clint Barton (Hawkeye) would also use the process to become Goliath. Pym would be several different heroes in the course of his stay with the Avengers but most famously would be Yellowjacket.
Communication with Insects
Pym also created equipment that made it possible for him to communicate with and control insects. The ability was used to bring additional assistance to a variety of situations that could cause a distraction or actually attack a target.
Scott Lang stole the Ant-Man suit from Pym and used it to rescue his daughter. Lang returned the suit and explained his need to use the suit. Pym was so impressed with Lang that he offered to let him keep the suit and train him how to more effectively use it. Lang would later use the suit as a member of the Avengers.
In Marvel Comics, Ant-Man has had a long history with earth’s mightiest heroes and it looks like he might get to in the films. The Ant-Man movie comes to theaters in June 2015. It can be assumed that Ant-Man may make an appearance in the third installment of the Avengers.