Hank Pym constantly gets the short of the stick in life.  He is constantly reminded of his beating Janet van Dyne, despite that happened years in his past.  He just can’t move past it.  He is also constantly reminded that he created one of the most destructive being the Marvel universe has ever seen.  There’s really no getting past that one, especially since Ultron has a tendency to not stay dead.  It’s no wonder the man has had a mental breakdown.

He’s retired from heroism, it seems, to right his wrongs by assisting the Initiative.  To help train and improve superheroes and supervillains from across the U.S.  It’s probably for the best.  He hasn’t been an interesting hero in a while.

Which brings me to the point of this entry.  Hank Pym used to be a man who was constantly improving his superhero identity.  At first, he was just fine being Ant-Man.  Then he realized he needed more and became Giant-Man, though he remained able to shrink and control ants just as Ant-Man could. He built upon his initial abilities.  His next real new identity was Yellowjacket.  He stopped growing, although that made a certain amount since he was stuck as a giant for a while.  He could still communicate with insects, could now fly, and added stingers.  He was still building.

I don’t admit to knowing the full history of the character, but he did eventually stop building.  When Busiek wrote him, he could grow and had a vest of useful items that he could enlarge.  He could shrink, but rarely did so.  He no longer communicated with insects, flew, or used the stingers.  Eventually, he reverting to being Yellowjacket, losing the vest and the desire to grow large.

If Pym were to return to superheroics, I would want him to build upon everything by tying it all together.  A man with the ability to grow, shrink, fly when shrunk, and communicate with insects as well as having a vest of a variety of useful items and those stingers.  I don’t know what to call such a character.  Goliath seems a bit played out, those it certainly expresses the magnitude of the idea.  Whatever his name would be, I think if he became what I describe, he’d be a force to be reckoned with.

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