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Of all of Marvel’s early 60s characters, Ant-Man, alongside Iron Man, was the most politicized. “Iron Man” was born in North Vietnam when Tony Stark, a member of the military-industrial complex, had to create a weaponized suit to escape from his Vietcong captors.Stark swore vengeance on the Communist bloc when the Vietcong murdered the captive scientist who helped him develop the suit.Instead he was on a dire Cold War mission with horrendous circumstances if he failed to stop them: “The commies will have the anti-radiation gas, which will put them miles ahead of us in the Cold War! In a 1965 story, Lee and Kirby gave Pym a very personal reason for suiting up as Ant-Man to fight the Communists.When Pym and his refugee wife inexplicably visited the Soviet satellite Hungary, the regime she escaped from, the regime murdered her.They gave him the ability to grow rather than shrink and a new moniker, Giant-Man.For some bizarre reason, they next kept his powers but changed his name to Goliath.
When Paul Rudd was cast as Ant-Man, Marvel purists were aghast.The makers of the film series rightly avoid featuring Pym as the main character (although they do give him a heroic history of fighting the Soviets in the 1960s, which is refreshing given Hollywood’s emphasis on political correctness), and make the more fun-loving Scott Lang version of Ant-Man the main character.A film with Pym as the feature character would not only ruin the fun, but also make the character issues unpalatable.Eventually, Andy meets a nice woman named Trish (Catherine Keener) with whom he shares a genuine emotional connection, and though he's nervous about telling her the truth about his virginity and the subject of sex in general, he must learn to overcome his insecurities to discover both sex and romance.Since we all know that no true man is a virgin and that loners are freaks, this movie surprised many by portraying the title character, a virginal and nerdy (he collects action figures and comics) introvert, not as some kind of loser or freak but as a likeable fellow who's simply chosen not to have sex after a short series of rejections in his youth.