There’s a new image making the Internet rounds that purports to be the first look at the villainous Yellowjacket from Marvel‘s upcoming Ant-Man movie starring Paul Rudd and Michael Douglas. Rumor has it that Corey Stoll is playing Darren Cross, the long time adversary of Hank Pym. Cross is thought to be the villain in the movie that eventually dons the Yellowjacket costume to fight Paul Rudd’s Ant-Man.
Marvel recently updated the Ant-Man synopsis, but there was no mention of Cross.
The next evolution of the Marvel Cinematic Universe brings a founding member of The Avengers to the big screen for the first time Marvel Studios’ Ant-Man. Armed with the astonishing ability to shrink in scale but increase in strength, master thief Scott Lang must embrace his inner-hero and help his mentor, Dr. Hank Pym, protect the secret behind his spectacular Ant-Man suit from a new generation of towering threats. Against seemingly insurmountable obstacles, Pym and Lang must plan and pull off a heist that will save the world.
Now we’ve got a picture that everyone thinks might be Stoll, or a stunt man in the Yellowjacket suit. It first appeared in this tweet:
— MoviesBook (@MoviesBookIT) November 5, 2014
Now if this is legit I kinda like the look. I’m still not convinced this is legit though. The site tweeting this picture doesn’t have a post about the suit and picture so I wonder how much faith they have that it is real. Director Peyton Reed recently tweeted his own Yellowjacket picture:
On location at Pinewood in Georgia: Yellowjacket!! pic.twitter.com/K7WvBEPyZ3
— Peyton Reed (@MrPeytonReed) November 4, 2014
He is a funny guy and hopefully he can translate that humor to Ant-Man. The movie will need that famous Marvel movie humor to help bring in those not already familiar with Marvel’s smallest super hero.
What do you think about this suit? The extra Yellowjacket arms and wings are interesting and a different “Movie” take on the traditional comic book Yellowjacket suit pictured below.
Back in 1981 I was writing the Avengers. Hank Pym aka Yellowjacket was married to Janet Van Dyne aka The Wasp and things had not been going well for him for a long time.
Before I embarked on the storyline that led to the end of Hank Pym and Janet van Dyne’s marriage, I reread every single appearance of both characters. His history was largely a litany of failure, always changing guises and switching back and forth from research to hero-ing because he wasn’t succeeding at either. He was never the Avenger who saved the day at the end and usually the first knocked out or captured. His most notable “achievement” in the lab was creating Ultron. Meanwhile, his rich, beautiful wife succeeded in everything she tried. She was also always flitting around his shoulders, flirting, saying things to prop up his ego.
As I was developing the storyline, I discussed the potential pathology of their relationship with a psychologist who happened to be sitting next to me on a five-hour flight. The story made sense, he thought. I went ahead with it. During the time the story was running, I got a great deal of hate mail. It worried me enough to ask Stan what he thought. He said he got the same kind of mail in the ‘60’s regarding Peter Parker’s various romantic travails. He asked me how Avengers sales were doing. They were in fact, increasing by 10,000 copies per issue. Stan said that people obviously cared passionately about what was happening to Hank and Janet, as if they were real people. That’s the key. And he said, “Don’t worry about the mail.”
In that story (issue 213, I think), there is a scene in which Hank is supposed to have accidentally struck Jan while throwing his hands up in despair and frustration—making a sort of “get away from me” gesture while not looking at her. Bob Hall, who had been taught by John Buscema to always go for the most extreme action, turned that into a right cross! There was no time to have it redrawn, which, to this day has caused the tragic story of Hank Pym to be known as the “wife-beater” story.
When that issue came out, Bill Sienkiewicz came to me upset that I hadn’t asked him to draw it! He saw the intent right through Hall’s mistake, and was moved enough by the story to wish he’d had the chance to do it properly.
By the way, I was too busy to finish the story, so Roger Stern took over two-thirds of the way through. I thought he did a great job. He’s an excellent writer who doesn’t get enough credit.
Pym has worn a lot of different costumes during his Marvel lifetime.
I’m looking forward to the Ant-Man and Avengers movies exploring some of those identity changes as the Marvel Cinematic Universe expands.
What do you think? Is it real?