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“No matter how smart I am, or how much I think I know, there’s only one thing I can say for certain. Hank Pym is not always right.” – Henry Jonathan Pym
Dr. Henry “Hank” Pym was created by Stan “The Man” Lee, Larry Lieber and Jack Kirby who first appeared in Tales to Astonish #27 in 1962. Hank was an original Avenger and will be appearing in his own feature film from Marvel Studios in 2015 from Director Edgar Wright. Hank is an American-born biochemist with extensive knowledge in various scientific fields who married Maria Trovaya, a native from Hungary. After the couple return to Hungary, they are confronted by agents of the secret police who murdered Maria, making Hank extremely distraught so he decided to do whatever he could to battle injustice and humanity.
Back in the United States, Pym discovered a rare group of subatomic particles which are later named Pym Particles which he entrapped in two serums. One serum reduces the size of people and items while the other serum restores them to normal size. After Hank used the serum on himself, he became entrapped in an anthill and pursued by the ants within until he escaped and restored himself to normal size, destroying both serums afterward. Weeks later, Hank recreated the serums while undertaking a study of ants and theorizing how ants communicate. After months of research, Pym created his first cybernetic helmet which enables him to communicate with ants as well as a protective costume for himself consisting of Unstable Molecules and steel mesh.
The same day, the government contacted Pym to develop a gas which would provide people with temporary immunity to radiation along with four other scientists but when the KGB learned of the project, agents were sent to kidnap the group. While the agents began a search in the lab for the formula, Hank donned his costume and shrank himself to the size of an ant where he put a large number of ants under his control and used them to attack the agents. Later when Pilai killed Vernon van Dyne, Hank revealed his identity to Janet who wished to avenge her father’s death so Hank taught her how to use the Pym Particles and also gave her the ability to grow insect-like wings when she shrank.
As the Wasp, Janet assisted Hank in finding Pilai while the two gradually fell in love and became crime-fighting partners until they became two of the founding members of the Avengers and assisted in the discovery of the frozen Captain America. Pym later developed a series of capsules containing Pym Particles which he and Janet used to grow or shrink to various heights and renamed himself Giant-Man. Initially, Hank could not grow above 12 feet but eventually modified the formula to reach heights of up to 100 feet but his change in size imposed great strains on his body so he decided to retire from crime-fighting along with Janet.
When the two learned Namor was heading for New York City, they alerted the Avengers just before Janet is captured by Attuma so Hank assisted the team with a new costume and adopted the name Goliath. At this time, both Hank and Janet could change their size simply by will alone but Hank was only able to grow to a size of 25 feet which he could only do so for short times. When Hank overexerted himself, he could no longer regain his normal size and could not shrink beyond 10 feet until he eventually regained the ability to shrink to his insect size while losing the ability to grow 10 feet in height.
Hank later began experimenting in robotics and created a robot with the potential for higher intelligence, but it turned against him and escaped only to return as Ultron. For several years, Hank resisted marrying Janet and one day while in his lab, he accidentally dropped a few vials containing various gases which created a radical temporary personality change in him so he took on the name Yellowjacket. He then claimed to murder Pym, kidnap Janet and proposed marriage to her, but when it was discovered Hank was actually Pym, Janet played along and said yes. The two were later married at Avengers Mansion where they were attacked by the Ringmaster and his Circus of Crime where the shock of seeing Janet in danger brought Hank back to his normal personality.
After defeating the Circus of Crime, Hank renounced his power to become a giant once more and spent periods of time with the Avengers while also becoming devoted to his scientific research and also gave Scott Lang his blessing to become the second Ant-Man. Hank later began to have periods of tension and depression and also became slightly angered by Janet’s success as a fashion designer so he began verbally abusing her to take out his frustrations. When the Avengers fought Elfqueen, Hank blasted her from behind without considering the results so Cap brought charges to Pym for his reckless actions.
Hank also began having a nervous breakdown so he built a robot to attack the Avengers Mansion during his court martial and defeated it using the secret weak point he designed on it but when Janet protested his plan, Hank brutally struck her. Hank was then expelled from the Avengers and Janet filed for divorce. Becoming broke and homeless, Hank began living an aimless life until he was approached by Egghead who asked Pym to give Patricia Starr a bionic arm he designed in exchange for a large sum of money. After installing the arm, he found the arm placed Patricia under Egghead’s control and was also booby-trapped which would be detonated unless Hank obeyed Egghead’s orders.
Pym was then forced to steal Adamantium and fight the Avengers but learned the arm was not actually booby-trapped and Patricia was led to believe it was all Hank’s idea so he was imprisoned on treason charges. During Hank’s trial, he is captured by the Masters of Evil who were working for Egghead and asked him to join their team which he pretended to do so Egghead set him to work on a machine intended to lengthen the human life-span. When Pym announced the machine was finished, Egghead suspected a trick so they had Hank hook up the machine which was actually capable of defeating the group with various means and single-handedly defeated them.
Meanwhile, the Avengers became aware of Egghead’s hideout and when Hawkeye arrived, he noticed a gun pointed at Pym by Egghead so he fired an arrow into the barrel which backfired and killed Egghead. During a later trial, some of the Masters of Evil testified as to how Egghead had framed Pym which proved his innocence and left the Avengers for a life of scientific research until returning as a manager of the Avengers Compound. While there, Pym’s mentality continued to deteriorate but returned to active duty after helping the West Coast Avengers return to the present when they were sent back in time by Kang the Conqueror. When Janet was assigned to the team, both her and Hank managed to salvage their friendship and later was sent to Counter-Earth after defeating Onslaught.
When he and the other heroes returned home, Hank found he was capable of his full range of size-changing abilities and also resumed his relationship with Janet. Pym them helped reform the Avengers and agreed to stay on as a reserve member while returning to his work full-time where he’s later kidnapped by Ultron and others of his family. When Hank finally revealed that he used his own brain patterns as a template for Ultron, the robot intended to use the mental engrams of all his family to build a robot army and the Avengers arrived but easily defeated by Ultron. When Grim Reaper was freed by Vision, he freed Pym, Janet, Wonder Man and Scarlet Witch who fought Ultron until Justice arrived with Vibranium which Hank used to destroy his creation.
When Scarlet Witch had a breakdown that disassembled the Avengers, Hank rushed Janet to the hospital when she was put into a coma by She-Hulk and after her recovery, Hank received a fellowship at Oxford so the two moved to England. Later after Janet left Hank, he began a relationship with a college student who revealed herself as a Skrull and used the power of the Hulk to defeat and replace him. After Secret Invasion, the real Pym returns to Earth to discover the events of Civil War and the death of Janet so he adopted the identity of the Wasp and formed the Mighty Avengers alongside Jocasta.
Later when Hank saved a group of young superhumans from Norman Osborn, he founded the Avengers Academy and promised to find a cure for then teens while also teaching them to control their powers and reassumed his Giant-Man identity. During Fear Itself, Absorbing Man and Titania became party of the Worthyand attacked the Academy which destroyed the Infinite Mansion so the Academy is relocated to Avengers Compound. After joining the Secret Avengers as their science expert, Pym allowed the Academy to be used to hold the children of Utopia during Avengers vs. X-Men and also assisted Iron Man make the Phoenix-Killer Armor.
Hank later joined the Avengers in a trip to the Microverse after an Avengers emergency signal was triggered where they found Janet and the battle with Lord Gouzar quickly ended with Wonder Man helped the team escape. During Age of Ultron, Hank Pym is approached by Wolverine from an alternate universe where Ultron launched a massive attack and took over the planet which annihilated humankind. Wolverine was stopped by the Logan of a near future whose actions of killing Hank resulted in a time-line where Earth is constantly threatened by Morgan le Fay so Pym is allowed to live but tasked with creating a hidden failsafe program to destroy Ultron.
After Ultron returned in the present and found by the Intelligencia, Pym managed to activate the failsafe and shut down Ultron once and for all, later continuing his research as to his mistakes with his creation and discovers his answer. After the virus Pym used to destroy Ultron evolved into Dimitrios, S.H.I.E.L.D. agent Monica Chang is given the task to stop the A.I. after it begins mounting cyber-attacks against military and intelligence targets so she orders Pym to help her and he creates the Avengers A.I.
Powers/AbilitiesAs Ant-Man and Yellowjacket, Pym possessed the power to reduce himself to the size of an ant by means of Pym Particles. Originally when he inhaled a gas or drank a potion which contained the Particles which then extended his mass into an extra-physical dimension opened by the Particles’ activation. Pym also discovered the use of his Pym Particles to grow to gigantic height which was acquired through an extra-dimensional source but too much changing in a short time span can be fatiguing. He also uses the Pym Particles to shrink to a sub-microscopic level and the continuous exposure to the Particles have enabled Hank to generate his size altering ability spontaneously without exposure to a new quantity of Pym Particles.Hank is one of the world’s foremost biochemists and also possesses considerable expertise in numerous scientific fields such as subatomic physics, robotics, cybernetics, programming, emergency medicine, optics and entomology. His IQ makes him one of the nine smartest people in the world and is regarded by Eternity as Earth’s Scientist Supreme. He is also a skilled hand-to-hand combatant using special styles of unarmed combat depending on his size and also had training in Judo, karate and wrestling. Hanks has also been trained by Captain America in unarmed combat and has the normal strength of a human for a man his age, height and build which is retained in his insect size. While in his giant size, Hank’s strength varies according to height.