Since the dawn of the Silver Age, legacy characters have been a staple of superhero fiction, and having a new character step into a well loved role can open up new opportunities for writers and artists to tell different kinds of stories. In The Replacements, we’ll look back at the notable and not-so-notable heroes and villains to assume some of the most iconic mantles in the superhero genre.
Hank Pym has been many things throughout his career, and he's a man of many names. He started out as Ant-Man, and shortly after joining The Avengers he became Giant-Man. He created the Yellowjacket personality after being expelled from the group, he went by his own name as Dr. Pym for a while, and he briefly adopted the codename The Wasp in honor of his fallen ex-wife, original Wasp Janet Van Dyne. This week we look at the proteges, successors, and even villains that have walked in the footsteps of Hank Pym.
We've barely made it to the quarter-post of 2016, and already Hasbro's released three separate Marvel Legends waves into the wild. Captain America has been the focal point of two of those three, with Captain America: Civil War providing the inspiration for this latest collection. Not only do you get Civil War versions of Cap and Iron Man (yes, again), but you also get the first Marvel Cinematic Universe Black Panther. Some comic book faces like Nick Fury, Red Guardian and Nuke round out the line which is based around a spoilerish build-a-figure (don't worry, those images are all at very end if you want to keep it a secret).
Did you know there's a superhero called Ant-Man, and that he's going to be starring in a major motion picture later this month? Have you also been living with three other people in a bunker run by a mysterious man who thinks he has what it takes to be on The Apprentice (RIP) for the last twenty years? There's a lot of hype surrounding the pint-sized Marvel hero these days, and in an effort to serve the fervor surrounding Ant-Man, Hasbro is releasing a limited box set featuring the original Ant-Man, Hank Pym, in some of his most famous incarnations.
Throughout the years, Hank Pym has been many heroes. Though he's most synonymous with the Ant-Man persona, Pym has also been Giant-Man, Goliath, Yellowjacket, and the Wasp. He also accidentally created the genocidal artificial intelligence Ultron, but since that's not what happened in the movies, it doesn't count in real life any more. And as luck (and keen marketing) would have it, almost all of those alternate identities are captured here in the San Diego Comic-Con exclusive set.
Former LOST star Evangeline Lilly could soon be blowing up in the size-changing world of Marvel's Ant-Man movie. According to Variety, The Hobbit: Desolation of Smaug star could follow Paul Rudd, Michael Douglas and Michel Pena as an official cast member, although her specific role hasn't been announced. The "insider" word is that Lilly's character could be Pym's daughter and Lang's love interest. If true, that could mean a dramatic reworking of Janet Van Dyne's character -- a founding member of The Avengers who has until now been left out of the Marvel movie universe. Of course, it could be an original character and Janet could remain left out of Ant-Man's movie lore.
Captain America and Thor are getting some much-deserved action figure attention this summer thanks to their respective cinematic debuts and it looks like they'll be heartily joined by some previously-unseen plastic antagonists...
In today's original comic, writer Curt Franklin and artist Chris Haley of the inimitable superhero webcomic "Let's Be Friends Again" sit down to do their best Wikipedia impression and explain the convoluted history of a notable comics character in a segment we call Comics, Everybody...
If somebody had asked me to imagine a theme song for Ant-Man, I'd have probably slid into my usual routine of overlaying custom lyrics atop the season two theme song of Peter Engel's "Hang Time." Awesome as that might sound -- and it sounds pretty stellar in my imagination -- The Boffo Yux Dudes' "The Ballad of Henry Pym" does a much better job of, well, lyrically accomplishing the things a ballad is supposed to accomplish...
The new graphic novel "3 Story: The Secret History of Giant Man" -- not be confused with either Henry Pym or Bill Foster -- comes out today from Dark Horse and creator Matt Kindt. I'm a big fan of Kindt, who totally blew me away a couple years ago with his Eisner Award-winning Top Shelf book "Superspy," and I was even lucky enough to get look at an early version of "Giant Man" last year, which got me very excited for the final product...
KEY % Oversized heads ¶ Anxiety of influence, father-son division Protagonist has been the subject of an academic or mock-academic journal ¢ Can trace at least some of its lineage to Alex Raymond £ "I can't tell the difference between people and machines," as Quasi sang ¥ Contains work by an artist who's drawn a Legion of Super-Heroes story written by Paul Levitz § Animals, vegetables, minerals
% 3 STORY: THE SECRET HISTORY OF THE GIANT MAN
An original graphic novel by the very interesting artist Matt Kindt, who did the fine book "Super Spy" a couple of years ago. The title suggests both...
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