Marvel Comics have been around for decades, and while the Marvel Cinematic Universe has honored many of the stories that have taken place in the source material, the live-action films have largely eschewed some of the more controversial subplots. One such narrative thread is Ant-Man hero Hank Pym's domestic abuse, and while that's a famous moment in comic book history, Ant-Man and The Wasp director Peyton Reed recently opened up and admitted that the Ant-Man team never wanted to adapt that version of Hank. Reed explained:
So while Hank Pym striking Janet van Dyne is certainly canon in the comics, it's not the canon that anyone involved in Ant-Man or Ant-Man and The Wasp wanted to adapt when it was decided that the characters would make the transition. Hank Pym abusing his wife is not as fundamental to his personality as Superman's cape is to his, so leaving it out of the MCU ended up being a fairly easy move for Peyton Reed and his team.
Peyton Reed's remarks during his interview with Yahoo Movies also emphasizes something that has become notable throughout the history of the Marvel Cinematic Universe. No matter how dark a film like Avengers: Infinity War may get, certain elements of the comics arguably have very little chance of making it to the big screen. Whether it's Tony Stark's alcoholism (which was barely hinted at in Iron Man 2), or the incestuous relationship between Scarlet Witch and Quicksilver depicted in the Ultimate universe, the filmmakers who adapt these stories aren't necessarily beholden to that specific continuity when they bring these icons to the big screen.
Ant-Man and The Wasp is still in theaters, so if you have not seen it yet, make sure to check out our review of the film and then head out to see it on the big screen. From there, Scott Lang will return next year to help round out the Phase 3 slate of films when Avengers 4 debuts in theaters on May 3, 2019!
Originally from Connecticut, Conner grew up in San Diego and graduated from Chapman University in 2014. He now lives in Los Angeles working in and around the entertainment industry and can mostly be found binging horror movies and chugging coffee.
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