Six things you need to know about Marvel’s latest hero, Ant-Man

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Marvel superhero film Ant-Man stars Paul Rudd and Michael Douglas.

Marvel superhero film Ant-Man stars Paul Rudd and Michael Douglas.

AND you thought Guardians of the Galaxy was obscure.

This year, Marvel Studios learns even more about how powerful its brand is when it releases its riskiest project yet: Ant-Man. You can watch the first trailer above.

You’re probably asking yourself, who exactly is Ant-Man? And it’s a good question — the hero has never been a marquee name, despite his long history in the comic book world.

Here are six things you need to know before checking out the new trailer.

The insect-sized hero is one of the founding fathers of the Marvel universe.

He was created by Stan Lee and Jack Kirby (along with Lee’s brother Larry Lieber) and first showed up in January 1962’s Tales to Astonish #27 — a few months before the Hulk, Thor and Spider-Man.

Ant-Man will be the 12th film to join Marvel’s cinematic universe. Picture: Marvel

Ant-Man will be the 12th film to join Marvel’s cinematic universe.

Unlike those other early Marvel heroes, Ant-Man was never particularly popular.

He spent most of his career as a supporting player, as opposed to the star of his own title. Lee later theorised that the character’s failure was due to the various artists’ inability to communicate the small scale of Ant-Man’s world.

Three people in the Marvel universe have taken on the mantle of Ant-Man over the years.

The movie will feature two of them: Michael Douglas will play the original hero, Hank Pym, who created the shrinking formula; Paul Rudd will play Scott Lang, a thief who becomes Ant-Man after stealing Pym’s equipment.

Yes, Ant-Man wears a helmet that allows him to communicate with ants.

What this gets you, we’re not sure — but you’d probably be popular at picnics.

Paul Rudd will play Scott Lang, a thief who becomes Ant-Man. Picture: Marvel

Paul Rudd will play Scott Lang, a thief who becomes Ant-Man.

In Avengers #1, it’s Pym who has the idea to create the Avengers.

Not Nick Fury, as in the movies. (On-screen, Fury is portrayed by Samuel L. Jackson.)

Ant-Man’s alter-ego, Hank Pym, was the subject of a controversial 1981 storyline.

In the story, he punched his wife, Janet Pym (a k a the Wasp). She later divorced him, and he was booted from the Avengers. Years later, then-Editor-in-Chief Jim Shooter explained he had intended the hit to be accidental.

Pym was supposed to throw up his hands in despair, accidentally striking his wife in the face — but the artist, Bob Hall, drew a full-on punch, and there wasn’t enough time to correct the panel before it went to press. The domestic abuse angle reportedly won’t feature in the Ant-Man movie.

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