3:12pm PT by Graeme McMillan
Miniature Marvel: Meet 'Ant-Man's' Fellow Size-Changing Superheroes
When Ant-Man hits the screens, it'll open up a whole new world of possibilities for Marvel Studios — not just in the sense of introducing a character that's not quite on the same scale power wise as the Avengers, but also one who's not on the same scale in terms of height. Oddly enough, Marvel Entertainment has quite a number of size-changing characters in its back catalog. If Ant-Man is a success, here are some other sizable Marvel heroes that could join him on-screen.
No, not Corey Stoll's character from the movie, nor the original Hank Pym version of the character that appeared in the comic books (Strange but true; Pym got started as Yellowjacket in the comics after a psychotic break that left him with multiple personalities) — the second Yellowjacket was a criminal called Rita DeMara who stole Pym's technology and became a supervillain for a brief period before traveling to the 31st century to serve with the original comic book incarnation of the Guardians of the Galaxy.
Originally, Goliath was an alternate identity of original Ant-Man Hank Pym, but by 1969, it became the second super-heroic identity of another Avenger: Hawkeye. After his trusted bow broke in battle, he turned to super-science to save the day as the suitably over-sized hero from Avengers No. 63 through No. 97. As Goliath, he didn't really accomplish much besides making bombastic statements and confuse readers by wearing a costume that seemed to have an "H" motif after abandoning the name Hawkeye, which might explain why his tenure was so short-lived.
Part of Marvel's unfortunate 1970s tendency towards ensuring that African American characters had "Black" in their name, Black Goliath was Dr. Bill Foster, a lab assistant who worked with the original Ant-Man for a time and apparently caught the superheroic bug in the process. Based on the West Coast, unlike the majority of Marvel's superheroes, his crime-fighting career was relatively short-lived, with appearances sporadic until his untimely death in the Civil War comic book series at the hands of a cloned Thor. Don't ask.
The hero known as Atlas actually started life as the third — fourth, if you include Bill Foster — Goliath, a supervillain who, like Yellowjacket (and even Scott Lang's Ant-Man), came to the size-changing technology by less than reputable means. Things changed when he went undercover as a superhero as part of a long-term con, only to find himself inspired to true heroism by accident. As a good guy, he saved the world a few times, only to fall into the background in more recent years.
The daughter of Scott Lang — yes, the one who's just a cute little moppet in the Ant-Man movie — Cassie Lang ended up taking up her father's legacy when he was presumed dead for some time. She gained her powers by passive exposure to the size-changing particles that allowed Scott to change shape, and fought alongside the Young Avengers until she, too, appeared to die. Thankfully, this being comics, she got better, although she hasn't returned to size-changing since her return to the land of the living.
It's been confirmed by director Peyton Reed that the quantum realm in the movie is, in fact, the comic book mythology's Microverse, setting for the 1970s Micronauts comic book series — based on the Mego toyline of the same name — as well as stories featuring the Fantastic Four, X-Men and other Marvel heroes. Inside the sub-atomic universe, there are a number of characters who stand on the side of right, including Commander Rann, Marionette and Bug, all of whom belong entirely to Marvel separate from any licensing deal with Hasbro, which currently owns Meco's IP.