Marvel Celebrates 60 Years of Ant-Man With New Series and a New Hero Under the Helmet
Marvel has announced that a new series and a whole new hero under the helmet will be part of the celebration of Ant-Man‘s 1962 debut. The hero has been around for 60 years now and in the new series, the three heroes who have helmed the Ant-Man suit will come together for a four-issue limited series from creators Al Ewing and Tom Reilly that may bring us a brand-new hero taking the helm and identity of Ant-Man.
The “Ant-iversary” was first teased with a teaser image showing portraits by Reilly of the three heroes who has held the identity of Ant-Man in the past with the caption:
“Hank Pym “The Original,” Scott Lang “The Thief,” Eric O’Grady “The Irredeemable,” and one more yet unknown Ant-Man labeled “The Future”.
The original Ant-Man and creator of the Pym Particles was Hank Pym who debuted in 1962 and later we were introduced to Scott Lang who became the second Ant-Man after stealing the suit from Hank as a robbery coerced by the kidnappers of his daughter Cassie Lang. After Scott, Eric O’Grady was a former SHIELD agent who became the third Ant-Man while guarding Hank Pym’s lab.
Ewing stated in the press release:
“For Ant-Man’s ant-iversary, we wanted to go BIG with the world’s smallest hero – burrowing an ant tunnel right through his sixty-year history and far beyond, from the wild and wooly 1960s all the way to a future you’ll have to see to believe!”
“You’ll find out how Henry Pym, Scott Lang, and Eric O’Grady impacted each other’s lives in ways they never knew themselves – but who’s the mysterious final member of this Ant-tastic Four? Tremble with ant-icipation, true believer – the answers are coming soon to a hill near you!”
It all begins with Ant-Man #1:
“Which will flash back to the early days of Hank Pym’s career as the astonishing Ant-Man! It’s date night for Hank and his girlfriend Janet Van Dyne, but nobody told that to Ant-Man’s enemies! Watch as Hank’s ant-agonists band together to finally take down the scientific adventurer! But will anyone come to his rescue? And who is the mysterious stranger who stalks him?”
Reilly added in the press release:
“I’m very excited to work with Al again, this time to celebrate, and add to, the legacy of Ant-Man!”
Several different people have taken the name, and Al’s written a fun story that gives them all a chance to shine. I also look forward to working with Jordie Bellaire again, her colors elevate any book that she’s on. There’s lots of inspiration to be taken from Ant-Man’s rich artistic history, and there’ll be plenty of room for both of us to experiment in this series. I can’t wait for everyone to check it out!”
Ant-Man #1 will be available everywhere comic books are sold and digitally on June 8th, 2022. Check out the covers for all four issues below:
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