- "Superheroes, what a goddamn joke!"
- ―Hank Pym[src]
Dr. Henry Jonathan "Hank" Pym is an entomologist and physicist who developed the Ant-Man suit after discovering the Pym Particles. Under the employment of S.H.I.E.L.D, he used his suit to become the superhero Ant-Man. After a while, though, he retired due to a variety of circumstances. He is also the husband of Janet van Dyne and the father of Hope van Dyne.
- 1 Biography
- 2 Character traits
- 3 Powers and Abilities
- 4 Equipment
- 5 Relationships
- 6 Appearances/Actors
- 7 Behind the scenes
- 8 Trivia
- 9 Gallery
- 10 References
In 1963, a group of radicals in the Soviet-controlled East Berlin discovered a piece of an old HYDRA technology; the leaders of S.H.I.E.L.D. decided to send an agent to Berlin and stop them from reverse-engineering it. Howard Stark confronted Pym about giving S.H.I.E.L.D. his Ant-Man Suit. However, Pym was unwilling to give his suit to anyone else, so Agent Peggy Carter had to convince him to go to Berlin personally. To see if the suit actually worked, she fired a few bullets at Pym, and he became small like an ant in the blink of an eye.
In Berlin, Pym successfully snuck past the Berlin Wall only to be spotted by a guard dog. Pym managed to escape however by jumping on an anti-personnel device which then fired him to safety. He made his way into the radicals' headquarters by controlling a flying ant. He discovered that the group had not even built the device yet. He then heard screams and found a group of HYDRA scientists torturing a prisoner. Hank intervened and defeated them, liberating the prisoner in the process. Back at the S.H.I.E.L.D. Headquarters, Stark thanked Pym and told him that was his last mission but Pym refused realizing there were more problems in the world. Still only trusting himself to wear the Ant-Man suit, Pym decided to continue to do field missions.
During a mission in 1987, Hank and his and wife, Janet van Dyne who was known as the Wasp, were trying stop a Russian ICBM in flight. Hank was unable to shrink down enough to disarm the missile, Janet with no other choice sacrificed herself by shrinking down to the Quantum Realm to disarm the warhead. After, Janet is presumed dead and Hank stricken with grief stop being Ant-Man. He sent his young daughter, Hope van Dyne away to a boarding school. In 1989, Hank resigns from S.H.I.E.L.D. after they had try to recreate the Pym Particles. After, Hank created his own company named Pym Technologies.
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When Jane Foster's equipment was stolen, Henry Pym was referred to by Erik Selvig as the friend that he was going to email that has had previous experience with S.H.I.E.L.D., though his name was ommited from the scene.
Hank gets invited to a presentation at Pym Technologies the company he founded. He runs into Hope Van Dyne and his former protege, Darren Cross who shows him a prototype of The Yellowjacket suit, modeled after the Ant-Man suit that he wore. Darren has not had success at shrinking living tissue. After he and Hope talk about how to stop Darren. Hope asked Hank to give her the suit, but he refused. He told her he "found a guy". Hank than went to his housekeeper Emily who is dating Ignacio, who had a friend named Ernesto who is the cousin of Luis who is the best friend of former thief Scott Lang, who Hank had been watching for sometime.
Hank set up the break-in of Scott's team, he watch Scott break into his vault, taking the Ant-Man suit back to his apartment. On the next day, Scott put on the suit, Hank talk Scott through it. After, Scott broke into Pym's house again to return the suit but was caught by police officers called by Hope van Dyne who were waiting outside. In jail, Hank said he were Scott lawyer to the police. In holding, he offers Scott two choices, life in prison or follow his instructions. Scott is thoroughly bewildered, so Hank tells him that he allowed him to steal the suit. Scott is taken back to his cell, and an army of ants brings him back the suit. He puts it on and shrinks, and then quickly escapes from the prison. One of Hank's ants spreads its wings, and Scott climbs on and flies over the city.
The next morning back at Hank's house, Scott met Hope than Hank tells Scott that he invented the suit, but was afraid it would be misused, and so he had locked it away and how Darren Cross had replicate his technology, and that Hope is their inside woman, seeing how dangerous Darren becoming. Hank tells Scott that he needs him to become "Ant-Man". Both Hank and Hope start training Scott how to use the suit and fight. Hank catch Scott trying to upgrade the suit, he warns Scott not to remove the safeguards of the suit, warning without them he will go "Subatomic" becoming trap in the Quantum Realm. Later, Hank explains the truth about Hope's mother died. Saying Janet had a similar suit, and she was called "The Wasp". She decided to go subatomic to stop the missile launched at the U.S, but she couldn't return and was lost in the quantum realm.
Hank send Scott to steal a device from an abandoned building that once belongs to Howard Stark, unknowingly that it is now the New Avengers' headquarters. Where Scott briefly fights Sam Wilson, he was able to escape with the device. That night, Darren were at the house. Darren invited him to Pym Technologies, he wanted Hank to see the grand unveiling of the Yellowjacket. After Darren leaves, he called Hope and tells her that he will increased security at Pym Technologies. Scott than brought in Luis, Kurt and Dave for the heist.
On the night of the heist, Hank was almost held up by Officer Jim Paxton and his partner Gale outside of Pym Technologies. But Dave he drove off with their cop car. Once inside he meet up with Hope, they went to the demonstration room with Darren, where the Yellowjacket is held. Meanwhile Kurt is able to disable the security and Luis disguised himself as a security guard turn on the water for Scott to plants explosives throughout the building, But Darren revealed that he had known all along of Hank's plans. When Scott attempts to steal the Yellowjacket, Cross sets a trap, intending to sell both the Yellowjacket and Ant-Man suits to HYDRA. Hank attempted to convince Darren not to sell the suits to them, but he refused to listen and threatened to kill Hank. However Scott was able to break free and he and Hope began fighting Darren' guards, Cross managed to shoot Hank in before escaping. Darren gets into a chopper with the Yellowjacket with Scott in pursuit. Hank and Hope than break out by turning a tiny tank to full-size, and ride it out the side of the building. Outside, Hank got medical attention fron a ambulance
The next morning, Hank asked Scott about the quantum realm after his battle with Darren. Scott tells him he don't remember much about it. But Hank has hope that Janet may still be alive, he than found Scott and Hope kissing much to his surprise. After, Hank shows Hope a new version of the Wasp suit, and tells her that it was made by both himself and Janet for her.
Hank and Scott Lang continued to work together, having upgraded the Ant-Man suit. Inspired by Scott's escape from the Quantum Realm, one of the new features allowed Scott to increase in size without the use of Pym discs. Scott claimed to have passed out in Pym's lab after testing this function.
Later, when Scott is incarcerated in the Raft prison, he recounts to Tony Stark how Hank had always told him you cannot trust a Stark.
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Due to Hank's disintegration, the surviving Avengers were limited to enough Pym Particles for two round trips each through time. After failing to get the Tesseract in 2012, Tony Stark and Steve Rogers traveled back in time to Camp Lehigh in 1970 where the Tesseract was located and Hank Pym had a lab. Steve was able to lure the younger Hank out of his lab, sneak in and steal some Pym Particles.
In Ant-Man, Hank is one of the foremost biochemists and physicists. He possesses considerable expertise in numerous scientific fields such as subatomic physics. He discovered a subatomic particles he called the Pym Particles that can shrink a human being to the size of an ant and also maintain their original strength. He created the Ant-Man suit that used the Pym Particles, Hank used the suit against the soviets during the cold war. His intelligence is on par with even Anthony Stark, an intellectual genius even better than his father Howard Stark.
Hank loved his family greatly and was deeply saddened over the loss of his wife, Janet van Dyne and despite not knowing Janet was alive or not, Hank never stopped loving her and tried everything he could to find a way to rescue her from the Quantum Realm to little avail. He was ashamed of how he deprived his daughter, Hope of her mother and sent her away to protect her from the loss. However, he came to see just how much embittered Hope became due to this after she voted him out of the company. Hank's fear of losing her prevents him from allowing her to used the Ant-Man suit but with time he ultimately accepted her to be the new Wasp.
Despite Hank's success as a scientist and businessman, he is kind, caring, polite, selfless, moral and honorable. He truly cares about the world despite his rough personality, which is the reason why he is so adamant in his stance to keep Pym Particles unknown to mankind, as he knows better than anyone else how devastating it could be. He initially desired to use his technology to help protect the world even if he reclusively allowed only himself to use it until he finally realized how dangerous the possibility of it being used by anyone other than himself was after learning that not only did Mitchell Carson try to replicate it but even the man he considered a friend, Howard Stark, was not against it, causing him to be filled with extreme distrust of S.H.I.E.L.D. and abandon it immediately.
During Hank's time as a vigilante, he was willing to sacrifice his life if needed, as he did not hesitate to try to sacrifice his life to disable an atomic missile by shrinking to subatomic size despite knowing he would be trapped in the Quantum Realm, but was unable to it; due to his regulator being damaged, forcing his wife to make the ultimate sacrifice. Although he was able to maintain a calm façade as Cross discreetly mocked him with references of the Pym Particles and his former time as Ant-Man, this façade was steadily broken by the horror he felt at the idea of Darren Cross using his technology to spread the devastating Yellowjacket suits and the many damage Cross casually guaranteed it could do, even going as far as to plead to Darren to stop this, showing his concern for the entire human race far surpassed his pride and ego.
Although Hank refused to at all be in his company, his concern over the damage the Pym Particles could do quickly made him abandon those feelings to involve himself in the company to stop the world from being thrown to chaos. Despite his bitterness, Hank cared enough to ensure innocent people inside the company were evacuated, showing the good person he deep down is. Hank is also quite willing to offer second chances to others as he was willing to trust Scott Lang into becoming the new Ant-Man, despite Scott's infamous reputation of being a criminal. Though he was more than willing to act ruthless and strict, banishing Elihas Starr from S.H.I.E.L.D for attempting to steal his work, his actions were justified as Elihas would prove his hunger for power and fame by attempting to use the dangerous Quantum Tunnel and despite everything Hank did have the heart to warn Starr that it was too dangerous and try to save him. He also genuinely felt guilty that the innocent Ava Starr developed quantum imbalance because of his failure and promised her help, which he would do even after she rejected his offers and almost killed Janet.
Hank can be short-tempered, aggressive and violent if provoked, like when he was insulted by S.H.I.E.L.D. Head of Defense Mitchell Carson about not being able to protect his wife, Janet van Dyne, Hank smashed Mitchell's face into the desk to the point where his nose bled and threatened him should he mention his wife ever again.
Due to Hank's feelings of betrayal over how his ex-friend, Howard Stark who had a hand in trying to the replicate the Pym Particles, Hank distrusts the Stark family the most, to the point where he doesn't trust anyone with the last name "Stark", although this may seem prejudice; this distrusts of his proved to be correct when Howard's son, Tony Stark created Ultron, an artificial intelligence peacekeeping program that almost succeeded in destroying all life on earth and later when he betrayed the Avengers to enforce the Sokovia Accords, although his beliefs of Tony not having the ability to learn from his lesson from the impression Howard made on him proved to be wrong as in the end Tony proved capable of feeling shame and guilt over the damage he had caused and could be forgiven and redeem himself for all his misdeeds.
Powers and Abilities
- Volukinesis: Hank, through the use of radio and electric waves and signals accessed with the suit's helmet, later an EMP Communication Device, can communicate with organisms the size of insects, especially ants, mimicking their pheromones and allowing him a rudimentary form of control over these insects.
- Mégethoskinesis: Ability to shrink in size with the help of the Pym Particles and while wearing the Ant-Man suit. The size changing process enhanced his density, momentum, effort, and exertion to super human levels. This, along with, force being compressed during shrinking, granted Hank superhuman strength, and resilience while shrunken. The brief shockwave aura around him caused by size changing charges him with enough momentum to send people flying immediately after returning to normal size. However, the many years of using this shrinking technology took a physical and mental toll on Hank, which forced him to stop being Ant-Man.
- Superhuman Strength: While wearing the Ant-Man suit in its miniature form, Hank possessed superhuman strength due to his increased density and compressed energy, enabling him to take out multiple opponents while in small scale. He is said to have the force of a bullet when shrunken, which led him to learn unique fighting skills to avoid killing someone with his strikes.
- Genius-Level Intellect: Hank is highly intelligent, as he is one of the most intelligent individuals on the planet; his intellect, rivals that of even Howard Stark.
- Master Scientist: Hank is a brilliant scientist; as he has demonstrates knowledge of different disciplines, including biology, engineering, chemistry and physics; he was also the one who discovered an unknown type of particles (later known as the Pym Particles) that can increase or decrease the size of humans or other objects, Hank even created a suit that can not only harness the Pym Particles by shrink a human to the size of an insect, yet maintain his human size strength and resilience.
- Expert Businessman: Hank made his own successful company; as he managed to run Pym Technologies very successfully for an unknown number of years.
- Ant-Man helmet: Created by Hank, it has the ability to enable its user to communicate and control ants.
- Ant-Man suit: Created by Hank, it allows its user to shrink in size.
- Pym Particles: Discovered by Hank, it allows its user to that reduce the distance between atom.
- Pym Discs: Created by Hank, it allows its user either shrink or enlarge objects and creatures.
- Janet van Dyne - Wife.
- Hope van Dyne - Daughter.
- Scott Lang - Successor and ally.
- Darren Cross - Former protege turned enemy; deceased.
- Erik Selvig - Friend and colleague.
- S.H.I.E.L.D. - Former employer.
- Howard Stark - Former S.H.I.E.L.D. superior and ex-friend; deceased.
- Peggy Carter - Friend; deceased.
- Mitchell Carson - Enemy.
- Emily - Housekeeper.
- Bill Foster - Former colleague and friend.
- Ava Starr/Ghost - Enemy turned ally.
- Thanos - Killer; deceased.
- Hulk - Resurrector.
- Marvel Cinematic Universe (6 films)
- Marvel Cinematic Universe (2 comics)
Behind the scenes
- When Edgar Wright was first considering actors for an older Hank Pym. Sean Bean, Pierce Brosnan and Gary Oldman were all considered before Michael Douglas was cast.
- Dax Griffin who's Michael Douglas' body double in film bears a striking resemblance of the actor when he was 40.
- Nathan Fillion was in the running to play Hank before it was decided the character would not appear in The Avengers and never auditioned. He was a fan favorite amongst the comic book community to portray Hank.
- In the comics, Hank is roughly the same age as his Avenger teammates, while in the movie, he is older.
- In the comics, Hank goes by many different alter-egos including Yellowjacket, Ant-Man, Giant Man, Goliath, Wasp, and Ultron.
- The suit to the Quantum Realm that Hank wears in Ant-Man and the Wasp had aesthetic similarities to the original Ant-Man suit from the silver age, as well as incorporating elements and nods from Hank's silver age Giant Man costume.