With Marvel’s Ant-Man film hitting later this year, the company has put out a prequel comic that drops some major intel on Dr. Hank Pym’s tenure as the tiny hero.
Marvel has been dabbling with these comic prequels the past few years, which are actually set within the Marvel Cinematic Universe (MCU) and not the comic universe proper — meaning they officially fit into the film continuity. With Ant-Man opening July 17, the first issue of the official Ant-Man prequel comic lands on shelves this Wednesday.
The comic is set well before the events of the Ant-Man film, when Dr. Hank Pym (Michael Douglas) is a younger man apparently working in some capacity with S.H.I.E.L.D. during the Cold War era. So, who is his contact in this instance? None other than Peggy Carter, played by Hayley Atwell on the big screen and currently in her own (awesome) spinoff TV series at ABC.
We’d heard rumblings that an aged-up version of Peggy could show up in Ant-Man flashbacks (she already appeared in the modern day as an old woman in Captain America: The Winter Soldier), and now we seem to know the context of her appearance. Pym was working with S.H.I.E.L.D., and she apparently helped him test out the tech by shooting at him.
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