Quote:But Reverend, a character is only as good as the writing. And to be fair to Hank Pym, the writing for superheroes before the late 1970s was quite generic. There was really no difference between Hank Pym and Aquaman, Flash, Batman, Green Lantern, Hawkman, Daredevil, Cap, etc. It was only in the '70s that the industry started to give the characters very distinct personalities. And Pym did get the short end of the stick. He was a secondary Avenger, and didn't get the face time of the big 3, or even Hawkeye, Vision and the Beast. I actually thought his nervous breakdown was the beginning of some character development for him. He was interesting right through the whole Egghead story. And then the wrote him off the team. Until West Coast Avengers, when he got far more boring than he ever was before(all due to bad writing). Busiek managed to rekindle some interest in him when he wrote that Pym had used his own mind when giving Ultron artificial intelligence. But that was never fully developed after Busiek left.
(I'll give you the breakdown and the road back being interesting)
But still I would say almost every other Avenger (pre-Hickman...reading his original characters is like watching paint dry) is more developed than Pym. They have friends, families, hometowns, interests outside of heroics and science. They've never really developed the guy's backstory prior to being Ant Man...we know his 1st wife was killed by Soviet Agents...and they've never really expounded on that...we thought she was alive as SODAM once but they revealed that was false fairly soon...ruining the first real chance to learn more about Pym.
Quote:Pym was never in my top ten favorite Avengers(Jan is though). But I never thought he was a bad character. Just a neglected one.
Maybe "bad" is the wrong word. I would say underdeveloped. After all these years we know next to nothing about him. So what happens...you see Pym take focus in a story and the story almost always revolves around his relationship with Jan or his relationship with Ultron. At least Avengers Academy tried to play up that he has a kinda sorta son with Tigra via a shapeshifting Skrull proxy.
I'm curious about what you thought about Pym's portrayal on Avengers Earth's Mightiest Heroes? I thought that was a fairly decent attempt to make Hank interesting. And I think it's the direction Marvel should take with him in the future.