The Upside To Hank Pym’s Disconnect From Ultron

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A lot of fans are distressed at the news that Hank Pym will have no connection to Ultron in his creation or Avengers : Age of Ultron. Though there is an upside which not only is good for his character’s portrayal, but appeal as well when he makes his transition onto the big screen.

The upside to Ultron not being linked to Hank Pym is that whatever Ultron does isn’t automatically Pym’s fault. That opens the door to making Pym a more lighthearted and fun character rather than a guy carrying a such a heavy burden of guilt on his shoulders for creating a genocidal robot. Which is great because I think people will want to see Ant-Man and Wasp having lighthearted adventures in their own movies. The other pillar of Pym’s faults is him slapping Janet, so take those two things away and you get to see a fun and whimsical film series in Ant-Man. It’s all about taking a different approach and with Ant-Man you need to make sure that he isn’t connected to much to his comic counterpart. It’s very risky to take everything from his storyline rather than what they need to make him someone you want to care about.

The years he spent afterwards depressed about it is. Who wants to read a comic about a guy who called himself “Ant-Man” and be constantly reminded that he slapped his ex-wife and feels terrible about it? Some storylines need to be forgotten. Like how they forgot all about Spider-Man punching Mary Jane in the face while she was pregnant and Reed Richards slapping Sue while telling her to shut up, not dredged up over and over and over and over and over and over and over again. That entire tasteless storyline needed to be quietly fade away because it’s not a story worth bringing up or used in a more hopeful world that they’re making out of the Cinematic Universe.

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You can say that it’s just avoiding the tragic parts of his life for something light and fluffy. But do you really need to depend on such issues with a character like Pym to create a compelling story? I would think not if you focused on what makes him stand out among the other heroes and make us love what he is capable of. We know Ultron is what he is capable of, but we can also see what he is capable of when he’s not trying to prove he’s just as smart as everyone else. Let someone else throw them self into that situation and take the heat for once. This is a new Universe and a new perspective when it comes to these heroes. Ant-Man is no exception and it seems like something people need to accept because if they can’t, there will be no enjoyment to come from his movie or Avengers: Age of Ultron as a whole.

We don’t need Ultron and Hank Pym on the same screen. Nothing says they must have that connection of creator and monster. And Pym is not defined by the creation of Ultron. It’s just a tool to add depth to his character when he really fell flat in the scientific portion of his story when compared to the likes of Reed, Tony, and so forth. His connection to Ultron is a crutch and someone with vision can be that person to give his character meaning without throwing him into the next dramatic slump.

Jideobi is the Comic Editor at Analog Addiction where he writes all things comics and comic related(especially if X-Men). Also follow him on Twitter @Siphen0.

3 thoughts on “The Upside To Hank Pym’s Disconnect From Ultron

  1. Totally agreed on all fronts here…when I first heard the news it was a bit unsettling, but logically it just makes sense….first off, you’ve got tony stark, who had made big strides in the a.i. Dept. in iron man 3, who is wanting to leave all this behind, his life of creating tools that get used as weapons, now having to deal w/ the fact that his last big creation is now become a weapon of its own accord, essentially forcing him back into the avengers, and into the suit he vowed to leave behind….sure the comics continuity works just fine, but there’s no reason to cram it in this movie universe for the sake of appeasement when you have a much cleaner through line w/ even better dramatic implications….add to this the fact that Antmans solo movie premieres AFTER avengers 2, and whedon would then have to introduce this character in a big way in his movie ahead of giving Edgar wright the opportunity to produce a satisfying standalone film that could then tie in down the line…if Pym was introduced into avengers 2 to create ultron, you would also have to assume that his creation of ultron being the first thing he did w/ the team to be a huge reason to just kick him off and turn him into an outcast….while fans of the comics see the parallels that could make w/ the comics version of Pym, the movie universe needs to show him in a heroic, and like you said, lighthearted fashion to show casual viewers why the character is so great….then down the line he can face some of the hardships that Pym has a habit of being involved in, as well as showing the strength and resolve of the character that he can overcome them….I am loving the way that marvels film studios is streamlining and creating its own continuity instead of trying to shoehorn elements to appease the readers…true fans of the books should bemoan these things, they should celebrate them…the backlash behind the mandarin reveal is one instance where that sadly hasn’t been the case, but I personally enjoyed the movie wholly, and loved the way that a.i.m. Was introduced, effectively tying them not only to mandarin, but making them the true villains of the piece in a fashion, and that opening seems to be ripped straight out of the books…when I think of how film can translate comics in interesting ways, that is a shining symbol of comics to film done right, and with whedon on board for avengers: age of ultron, I only look for those moments to come faster, harder, better & stronger.

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    • Wow, I really have to say thank you for this reply. It’s been very difficult for me to find many to be so open to this difference from the comics. I also personally enjoyed the Mandarin twist and how they portrayed A.I.M. in IM3. I was a welcome change to me and it was sad that the movie received so much heat for it.

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      • It’s great to see people open to the fact that different mediums beget different stories, and you all fight the good fight on all fronts at analog addiction…that’s what makes this one of the most worthwhile sites around dealing with these things….as far as the films go, guys like joss whedon are as big of comics fans as any of us, and these stories aren’t just crapped out, they are thoughtfully considered by people who want to see these things come out as well as we do…keep up the great work over there, I look forward to more pieces as good as this one!

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