Last night we had the absolutely outstanding debut of the Agent Carter television series (which you can read Glenn Walker’s fantastic review of right here), a spin off of the television series Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D., which itself is a spinoff of the Avengers and Captain America and…and…and…series of films!
This summer, we get the latest Marvel Entertainment film, the highly anticipated spin off of Avengers, Ant-Man (the first trailer for which just dropped last night during the previously mentioned Agent Carter episode). But before that, we get the comic: Ant-Man #1.
Follow me after the jump for the giant-sized details!
Written by: Nick Spencer
Illustrated by: Ramon Rosanas
Published by: Marvel Comics
So, this Ant-Man series details the adventurous exploits of the second Ant-Man, Scott Lang – a character I fell in love with during his starring role in the monthly FF comic book series by writer Matt Fraction and artist Michael Allred. Sadly, that amazing (and highly regarded) series ended in 2014 after a near two-year run. Luckily, you can get paperback compilations of it at your local comic book shop.
In any case, Scott Lang is the second, and lesser known, Ant-Man, behind the original – Hank Pym. In the comics and, it looks like, in the upcoming film, Scott is a reformed thief with the power, thanks to Hank Pym’s Ant-Man uniform tech and a little something called “Pym particles”, to make himself…well, very, very small. Yes, he’s got a lot of baggage. He’s been to prison. He’s been divorced. And not many think he’s that good of a superhero. But Scott wants to turn all of that around.
It’s a perfect time for a Scott Lang-centric Ant-Man comic book, what with the Avengers: Age of Ultron film coming out in a few months, and then, of course, the Ant-Man film starring Paul Rudd as the titular hero. Look for the trailer on this site later this morning.
There’s going to be buzz. Lots and lots of buzz.
And don’t think for a second that that a comic book or film with a seemingly cheesy title such as “Ant-Man” won’t be a hit. Many, including this writer, thought Guardians of the Galaxy was going to be a hot mess and look at how that turned out.
There’s no going back now. It’s too late to change the name (unless you were to make Scott Lang a hero who could grow larger instead of smaller, someone we’d call…I don’t know…maybe Giant-Man!? Hmmmm…).
Make the run to your local comic book shop today and pick up Ant-Man #1 and get in early for your dose of giant-sized action!