Hank Pym has been an extremely controversial figure within Marvel comics almost as long as he has existed when he was introduced in the 1960s. He has done several infamously terrible things such as abusing his wife Janet Van Dyne and creating the A.I. known as Ultron. Whether or not he is a good or bad person however is still up for debate because of the psychological nature of his character. So the question is: what kind of person is he?
He's an antihero. His morality isn't to do good but to do whatever is interesting to him at the time or whatever makes him appear heroic. He will abuse others and conduct unethical experiments if he feels it serves his purpose. Then he will lie or try to save the day in order to seem heroic.
Reed Richards was potrayed as considerably more abusive towards his wife than Hank... the infamous moment of him hitting Janet was from a comic where he was under outside influence. Not to mention the Wasp knew about that and let it continue for selfish reasons.
Dude help create the Avengers.
He does do whatever that interest him and thus his scientific feats are quite good. Its when he dips into the hero role too much and fills a role he is not supposed to truly be is when he struggles. Hank is a geek guy. When he grows big am I really supposed to believe that this guy who is a book worm can slug it out with tanks??? I think not and he knows this and causes the problem. It was retconned he had his first breakdown when he realized that Iron Man was just as smart as he was.
Since Ultron bases his foundation on Hank's brainwaves, it can be considered they are one and the same. I actually liked it when Hank was Ultron though I did not like the events leading up to it.
He is a hero. He struggles with being bipolar, feelings of inferiority, and guilt over past mistakes, but he is a hero. Most of his story arcs over the last 25 years have dealt with him either seeking "redemption" for himself, or seeing others who could be "redeemed". Scott Lang is a classic example. So was Avengers Academy where the students had potential to be heroes or to be villains. He's weird and eccentric , but a hero. In many ways, Pym is more moral than other Avengers like Iron-Man. Pym has always assumed responsibility for his "mistakes" even when he could have rationalized them away (such as claiming he wasn't responsible for hitting Janet because he was having a mental breakdown and not in his right mind, or he could have claimed that he was not responsible for the actions of Ultron since it was a sentient AI and makes its own decisions). Stark has a done a lot of unethical things and then offered excuses for them (such as his alcoholism).
Hank Pym has been an extremely controversial figure within Marvel comics almost as long as he has existed when he was introduced in the 1960s
LOL, that's a weird claim. How exactly??
He has done several infamously terrible things such as abusing his wife Janet Van Dyne and creating the A.I. known as Ultron.
Eh, there is a big difference between "abusing his wife" and slapping her once during a mental episode, which was a retcon anyways due to an artist's misinterpretation. As for Ultron, he created an AI, he had no idea the thing would turn into an evil robot one day. Nearly every super hero has a villain or two they inadvertently "created", so, I don't know why Hank would get special focus.
So the question is: what kind of person is he?
Well, considering he has been a perpetual member of the Avengers and his used his skills to save people, the world, and other worlds thousands of time, I would say he is a hero.
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