Marvel’s tiniest hero is coming to the big screen in 2015 in Ant-Man, but there is still no information on who the tiny tot will be going up against. Hank Pym is a biophysicist who discovered a size altering substance, became Ant-Man, was a founding member of the Avengers, and created Ultron (thought it seems like Tony Stark will be charged with this task in the film universe). Sounds like a guy with a lot on his plate, right? Unfortunately Edgar Wright (Shawn of the Dead, Hot Fuzz, The World’s End) has already stated that the near-indestructible robot will not be appearing in the film. I assume that this is because Ultron is the chief villain in The Avengers 2, and will be beaten to smithereens.
So who will be a worthy foe for a man who can shrink and control ants with a special helmet he created? I’m glad you asked. Five of the best evil-doers for Ant-Man to do battle with are coming up… RIGHT NOW!
Considered by most to be Hank Pym’s arch-nemesis, Elihas Starr would be an obvious choice of villain for Ant-Man’s silver screen debut. Elihas Starr adopted the supervillain alter-ego Egghead, and used his dizzying intellect to do all manner of things, from kidnapping practically everyone Pym meets, to forcing Pym to rob banks for him. There is reason to doubt that one of Ant-Man’s best rivals would come to the theaters, though. Namely, that he would look ridiculous in a live action portrayal.
Okay, so his name might not be the most creative, but at least you know what his thing is right off the bat! Originally, the Chinese scientist Chen Lu radiation blasted himself into pure, green evil to fight Thor, but was soon picked up by Egghead’s Masters of Evil (mwahaha). Picture a guy as green as the Hulk and as communist as Stalin, who can shoot blasts of heat from his hands and hypnotize people. Edgar Wright could also take this character in a different direction, possibly using him to hypnotize Ant-Man’s allies, and avoid a real physical conflict until the end. This could create several cool fights throughout the movie with several different characters.
I’ll admit, Advanced Idea Mechanics isn’t a villain. It’s a scheming, conniving club of them! A.I.M. already made an appearance in (SPOILERS) Iron Man 3 as Aldrich Killian’s dastardly think-tank that came up with the (BIG SPOILER!) ruse of the Mandarin. With Tony Stark and company busy dueling Ultron in the Avengers 2, someone has to step up and keep the world safe from people (I’m using that term loosely) like MODOK, the Mobile Organism Designed Only for Killing and his allies.
Pyrokinesis and cryokinesis? Can you say “awesome villain”?! Not only would Equinox’s ability to control both fire AND ice make for some battles that would look absolutely incredible, he’s also completely insane. I love an insane bad guy. Willem Defoe’s Green Goblin, and Heath Ledger’s the Joker are perfect examples of insanity done correctly. Also, before I get the collective “um, actually” of the internet, I know he’s more infamous for fighting Yellowjacket and the Wasp, but this is a list of my dreams. Don’t crush them.
Similar to Riptide from the X-Men comics, Whirlwind is a mutant who can rotate at subsonic speeds equalling that of a tornado. This could make for some set-pieces that would blow us away. Get it? Think windows exploding out of skyscrapers, cars being flung around, and Hank Pym looking like Dorothy in the Wizard of Oz, as he is caught in this cyclone. Whirlwind was a notable member of the aforementioned Master’s of Evil, and it would make perfect sense for him to go toe to toe with Ant-Man.
There you go folks. Five veracious villains who would be great antagonists for Edgar Wright’s Ant-Man. Be sure to keep it here at Unleash the Fanboy for all your Ant-Man news leading up to it’s 2015 release.