Comic book heroes as movie stars have generated surprising blockbuster hits. Ant Man, a second tier Marvel Comics superhero found a wider audience in the 2015 hit movie, Ant Man. Can the sequel be far behind?
The sequel, Ant Man And The Wasp is scheduled for release in Summer 2018. Like Ant Man, Wasp has the ability to grow or shrink in size. Her superpower is her ability to release energy bolts, her “Wasp Stings”. Success in movies requires hype and building interest leading up to the release. In June 2017, Disney will air a series of animated Ant Man shorts to interest the younger audience.
For cosplay and comic fans, pics of the movie costumes are being released and promoted on Twitter. The movie version of Wasp will feature a black and red motif instead of the yellow and black colors found in the original comic and in most wasps. Marvel Comics updates the appearance of characters over time. In some depictions, Wasp has only two wings instead of four. When four wings are displayed the fore and hind wings are not coupled in the manner of wasps but are separated and fairy-like. Some depictions show the wings with insect-like wing veins. Other versions have wings with hexagonal, comb-like patterns.
One characteristic of real ants and wasp is the elbowed antennae. This feature is lost in the movie costuming (they have straight radio-like antennae) of Ant Man and Wasp. In comics antennae are often depicted incorrectly as short and straight when ants are drawn. Certainly it is artistic license and straight lines are more easily drawn than elbows.
Many of the powers of the characters are inspired by insects and altered to make the characters more appealing to audiences. Insects after all, are alien in form and not normally recipients of human empathy. Insect inspired superheroes remind us of the more appealing aspects of insects as well as emphasizing their dangers. They rarely focus on the real complex insect world that contains plenty of drama but lacks the appeal of human emotions. Insect inspired superheroes borrow features from the insect world but in behavior and emotion are all human. Superheroes have the power to increase interest in the real world of insects but often fail to use that power.