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For those of you who do not know, Hank Pym is also known as Ant-Man, Giant-Man, Yellowjacket, and Henry. He is married to Janet Van Dyne and is an ‘original Avenger’. He is present in both Earth’s Mightiest Heroes and Avengers Assemble (as of this week). The Ant-Man movie is set to debut in 2015.
Now that the formalities are out of the way, I will tell you what is so bad about Hank Pym.
Put simply, Hank Pym has little respect for anyone, especially women. He treats his wife like absolute crap, ignoring her while she dotes at his feet. Arguably, Jan stayed with Hank at the beginning because they worked in the same laboratory, but, as time went on, I believe that she became dependent on their relationship (this is especially obvious in Earth’s Mightiest Heroes).
Hank saw her dependency and abused it. He used her for her working brain, her willingness to obey, and her body. Hank has no respect for Jan as a person and even smacks her around in an attempt to make her see things his way.
No matter how hard Jan worked to be a ‘good wife’, she was unable to meet Hank’s obscene standards, often driving him into a fit of rage.
Like a lot of people who experience abuse, Jan was never able to leave her abuser. But neither of them hid the torment that rattled their marriage.
Even though she has been used and tossed aside by her husband, Jan never loses faith that they could have a normal life together… or as normal as a life as two avengers could get. But Hank sought recognition for his own alias, casting her and her attempts to help aside in favor of more ‘personal’ goals.
Hank not only abuses Jan, but he also cheats on her multiple times. He even had an affair with their fellow avenger Tigra (who was actually off to the right in the panel two pictures ago).
I said Hank cheated on Jan ‘multiple times’ and here is the proof.
(I do not know who this woman is; however, I think that this image definitely says something about Hank’s character.)
Let’s get away from the sins that Hank has committed against his wife to round out his wonderful personality.
Hank Pym is well known in the science community, and, like a lot of Marvel’s characters, is a contender for the ‘world’s smartest human’ (next to Tony Stark, Reed Richards, and Bruce Banner). He invented Pym Particles (the little particles that allow him to grow and shrink into his different aliases) along with a few other nifty toys.
His inventions included a wonderful AI named Ultron who eventually rebelled and attempted to destroy the free world.
(The scientist in me wants to scoff at the idea that a biochemist is working with nanoparticles and AI units, but I will refrain from going off on that tangent)
Ultron aside, Pym does not forgive anyone for their transgressions and I would argue that he uses his ‘intelligence’ to justify the way that he treats people. I myself have a bias towards Bruce Banner and I take offense to the way that he often talks down to the nuclear physicist.
The only example I can find of this issue is:
(I think it is also important to note that both Banner and Pym have doctorates in Nuclear Physics and Biochemistry (respectively) and are esteemed members of the science community)
In the most recent Avengers Assemble cartoon, Pym harbors a sort of holier-than-thou attitude towards both Sam Wilson and Tony Stark – two very capable scientists – for no reason other than that it is inconvenient for him to assume that they know enough about the particles.
Throughout the totality of Earth’s Mightiest Heroes, Hank talks down to everyone, including Tony (who I personally think is more intelligent and more successful than Hank). He looks the team (especially Jan and Steve) over whenever he’s ‘working’, unable to be distracted for a second from his work.
In Marvel Zombies, Hank incapacitates T’Challa (the Black Panther and a close friend) and holds the Wakandan king captive (and human) so that Zombie!Hank could have a sort of ‘snack’ whenever he got hungry.
Hank hides the meal from his starving Zombie!wife and when Jan finds out, she is not happy.
Threatened by Jan’s promise to return to the lab with Colonel America, Hank grows in size, swiping his wife off the floor with a giant hand. Without hesitation, he quickly bites her head off and spits it to the ground, disgusted by the taste, not by his actions.
God knows I can continue this discussion for hours, but I this is all I have to say on the topic as of right now.
If you need me to clarify anything, please don’t hesitate to drop by my ask box.
Tell me these movies are just dumb comedies. Tell me Po is just a stupid Panda. Tell me. I will fight you.
Kung Fu Panda is about a character with legitimate low self esteem issues who is mocked and ridiculed by the people he looks up to. No matter how hard he trains, he doesn’t believe in himself until he discoverers that there is no “secret ingredient” that will make him great, because HE is what makes himself great.
Po: There is no secret ingredient. It’s just you.
Oh my everlasting Primus, THIS.
This scene right here hit me like a punch to the gut. I thought I was gonna start crying in the theater, because that was ME up there. Someone, whoever wrote those lines, understood what it felt like. To go through life fat and clumsy, a walking punchline. To not know what pretty or strong or popular or good at something even feels like, and what other conclusion can you come to but that you are worthless?
Until… Shifu gets his head out of his ass, turns his thinking around, and starts training Po in ways that are useful to Po. Until Po finally gets the chance to apply the passion he’s always had and the kung-fu-nerdery he’s been amassing since he was little. Until Po becomes a master in his own time, in his own way, and saves the world without having to lose a single ounce to do it.
That was the second punch to the gut for me. Po doesn’t slim down and become buff. He still gets out of breath climbing stairs. He’s a giant awkward nerdapalooza and he’s pretty much always hungry. He’s still the same fat kid he always was, and the change, the miracle, is that that’s okay. He doesn’t have to not be a fat kid in order to be worthy.
I don’t know why Kung Fu Panda doesn’t get more love than it does. It should be our banner, y’all.
Kung Fu Panda was one of the first movies I EVER saw where the main character was fat and clumsy and awkward, basically a giant dork, but those things weren’t changed or gotten rid of during his hero quest. No one took him seriously because of them—not even himself—but it turns out that all the things about himself he was always embarrassed about did more to make him a hero and an essentially good person than training with the most skilled practitioners of martial arts in the country ever did. Normally, the fat or awkward or dorky protagonists turn out completely different by the end, at least in appearances if not personality.
When KFP came out I was still very insecure about my weight and my personality. I’ve been chubby, awkward and nerdy since my childhood, and I’d tried everything to fit in with other people—from karate classes and straightening my hair to desperately vying for popularity. But from the start of this movie, I LOVED Po, and I identified more with him than I have with any other character. And watching this scene, and all the other scenes afterwards, watching Po and everyone around him realize that he was strong and brave and good exactly the way he was, I realized the same about myself. That’s an important lesson for EVERYONE, regardless of age.
This. Just all of this.
There is no secret ingredient.