The Problem with Pym Particles

Compared to the preceding Age of Ultron it is fair to say Ant-Man is a movie with small stakes. It’s the difference between saving the world and saving intellectual property. It’s an origin story and all origin stories start small with growing stakes as the series build. (The size-related puns are not lost on me.) The thing with Ant-Man is that the implications of this origin should color every event that comes after and paint cinematic Hank Pym as the biggest jerk of the MCU this side of the villains. Let me explain.

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Spoilers.

In Ant-Man we are introduced to a suit that allows the wearer to shrink and grow. That’s relatively no big deal. We are introduced to a means to mass produce these suits thanks to Pym Particles. That’s worrisome, but the point of the plot is to keep this tech out of the hands of people who would do such a thing. What gets me is that we are introduced to guns and throwing stars that can either shrink or grow a target to varying sizes and that, when adjusted incorrectly, reduces anything to a little pile of goo. That’s kinda a big deal.

So why is Hank Pym a jerk? Because he’s been sitting on this tech for decades through bigger disasters than he could have imagined when he first put on that suit. Hulk attacking a city? Send him to the quantum universe, disaster adverted. Giant alien ship terrorizing New York? Shrink it to the size of your tank key chain,* disaster adverted. City being lifted by a malevolent A.I. with the intent of dropping it and triggering an extinction event? Shrink the city, lower it slowly to the ground and enlarge it again. Hell, enlarge yourself and lower the city at full size–you can already embiggen crap, go Giant-Man already! Pym’s only motivation for letting millions needlessly die is not wanting to work with a Stark.

That makes you a sociopath, Hank.

Pym Particles are only one step away from regularly accessible time travel in their ability to solve anything. Marvel needs to come up with an explanation as to why a malfunctioning Pym gun can’t just turn Thanos into goo or I’ll be wondering why Thor is bothering to hit him with a hammer. Maybe Marvel will, but so far, they haven’t done a great job being consistent with even comic book physics.

*Speaking of which, that tank. When Ant-Man shrinks he (supposedly) maintains his density which allows him to punch like a bullet. If that tank maintained it’s density, Hank wouldn’t be able to lift it despite it’s small size. If Thomas the Train maintained it’s density while growing to house-size, it would probably shatter before busting through the dry wall. I hate to go all Neil Degrasse Tyson here, but…which is it?

After ‘Age of Ultron’ and ‘Ant-Man’: What’s next for Marvel?

By Ashley Pauls
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civil-war2014 turned out to be an impressive year for Marvel. First, “Captain America: The Winter Soldier” impressed both audiences and critics with its political thriller plot and truly game-changing revelation for the Marvel universe: the downfall of S.H.I.E.L.D. Then, despite some initial skepticism about how well it would play to general audiences, “Guardians of the Galaxy” — a quirky sci-f film starring Marvel D-list characters — became the highest-grossing movie of the year, turned Chris Pratt into a buzzed-about movie star, and made us all fall in love with a walking tree and a talking raccoon.

However, the sailing hasn’t been quite as smooth for Marvel this year. Although “Age of Ultron” made plenty of money, most fans seem to agree it didn’t completely live up to its potential. Marvel’s origin film “Ant-Man” turned out to be a very fun — and funny — movie, but it didn’t bring in as many dollars as Marvel’s previous offerings. So, what does this all mean for the Marvel Cinematic Universe, and where is Marvel headed in the future? Continue reading “After ‘Age of Ultron’ and ‘Ant-Man’: What’s next for Marvel?” »

Earth Station MCU Episode 23: Ant-Man

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With the release of Ant-Man, Marvel wraps up Phase 2. How does the diminutive hero compare to the Avengers? Where does it fit into the larger MCU? And how is the final product different from what Edgar Wright might have done? Join John​ and Jen for all this and Dubsmash battles, Doctor Strange casting, and Legos!
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Seriously, Dan? Seriously! Season 3 Episode 4: Favorite Things That Ever, Ever, Ever Happened at Conventions!

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BONUS: Deanna Ingebrigtsen-Hardin, Friend and Dragon Con Volunteers Second in Command, Talks About Volunteering at Dragon Con!
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This week Seriously Dan is joined by Dragon Con Volunteer Department Second in Command to talk about the greatest things that have ever happened to folks at Conventions. Most of these stories are from Dragon Con. These amazing tales range from personal family memories to encounters with stars and creators.


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Earth Station Episode 22: Phase 2 and Phase 3

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What’s this? Two podcasts in one day? Has Jen found the Time Gem? No, she’s just had her hands full and hasn’t had a chance to edit. In this episode, John and Jen recap the highs and lows of Marvel’s Phase Two, including Iron Man 3,Thor: The Dark World, Captain America: The Winter Soldier, Guardians of the Galaxy,and Age of Ultron. You’ll have to wait for the next episode to hear our thoughts on Ant-Man. We also discuss what we’re looking forward to in Phase Three, including the introduction of new characters, sequels, and three huge team-up movies. Of course, since we recorded this shortly after SDCC, we also talk about the latest news on Agent Carter, Agents of SHIELD, and the rest of the MCU as well.
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Needless Things Podcast 65 – 2015 San Diego Comic Con Part 2 – The Movies

For the first time, Needless Things is going beyond our normal toy talk in our annual look at San Diego Comic Con! This year was so big it required two episodes – one for the toys and one for the various media happenings. Today’s Part 2 focuses on the big movie trailers and reveals that happened this year!
 

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Earth Station MCU Episode 21: Daredevil Part 2

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John and Jen are joined by Ariel Kasten of the Large Nerdron Collider podcast to discuss the second half of Season One of Marvel’s first Netflix series, Daredevil. We also discuss the latest in MCU news, including new casting announcements.
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Myopia: Defend Your Childhood! Episode 49: Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles 2: The Secret of the Ooze!

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This week on Myopia: Defend your Childhood we learn that just because you could have a plot and have weapons strapped to your shell doesn’t mean you need to use either of them. We watched Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles 2: The Secret of the Ooze, you guys dealt with us for a year for this? What were you thinking? Oh, and thanks for one wonderful year!

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Needless Things Podcast 65 – 2015 San Diego Comic Con Part 2 – The Movies

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For
the first time, Needless Things is going beyond our normal toy talk
in our annual look at San Diego Comic Con! This year was so big it
required two episodes – one for the toys and one for the various
media happenings. Today’s Part 2 focuses on the big movie trailers
and reveals that happened this year!

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Troublemaker, “Howdy” Mike Gordon, Chad J. Shonk, Nicole Gould,
and Ryan Cadaver met up live in the Phantom Zone to talk about all of
the movie news.

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