Hank Pym as Giant-Man in Tales to Astonish #56 (June 1964).
Publication information
Publisher Marvel Comics
First appearance Tales to Astonish #49 (November 1963)
Created by Stan Lee
Jack Kirby
In-story information
Alter ego Hank Pym
Bill Foster
Raz Malhotra
Scott Lang
Team affiliations Avengers
Abilities Leading authority in myrmecology research
Size-shifting from nearly microscopic to ~100 feet gigantic (both at extremes)
Bio-Energy Projection, also known as a Bio-Sting
Superhuman strength

Giant-Man is the alias used by a number of fictional characters appearing in American comic books published by Marvel Comics.

Editorial Story

Hank Pym, the first Giant-Man, with the Wasp, appeared in many superheroes stories published in the serial Tales to Astonish and later, The Avengers.

Bill Foster later became the new Giant-Man and the Black Goliath.

In The Astonishing Ant-Man #4, Raz Malhotra debuted as the third Giant-Man and later became one of the supporting characters of the regular series, joining the Ant-Man Security Solutions of Scott Lang.

Fictional character biography

Hank Pym

Hank Pym was the original character named Giant-Man. He used that super hero identity after joining the Avengers with Wasp, Iron Man, Thor and the Hulk.[1] He has also used other aliases like Ant-Man, Goliath, Yellowjacket, and Wasp.[2]

As Goliath, Hank Pym led the Avengers after Captain America left the team. He married his girlfriend Wasp and also created the artificial intelligence better known as Ultron.[3]

As Giant-Man, Pym fought villains like the Human Top and Egghead, and many years after, joined the Secret Avengers, the Avengers A.I. and the Avengers Academy. He also helped Wasp to escape from the Microverse after the "Avengers vs X-Men" conflict. Giant-Man also helped Matt Murdock and his friend Foggy Nelson on many occasions, and fought his enemy Ultron during the Rage of Ultron event.[4]

After seemingly dying during the final battle, Pym surprised everyone when he returned as an amalgamation of flesh and Ultron circuitry and encountered the Uncanny Avengers, later joining the team in his new cybernetic form as Ultron. However, the group didn't completely trust him and called the Wasp for help. After the Avengers' fears proved true and Pym transformed into Ultron completely and fought the Unity Division, destroying Iron Man's Hulkbuster armor in the process, the Vision was forced to help the team destroy his "father." However, Ultron was later revealed to still be alive.[5]

Bill Foster

Bill Foster was Hank Pym's successor who originally went by the name Black Goliath.

Foster later died during the "Civil War" storyline, where he joined Captain America's team as Black Goliath and was killed by Ragnarok.

Raz Malhotra


Raz Malhotra is a gay computer technician whose former field of study was in artificial intelligence at the time when Hank Pym started to rid the world of them. Lured by the supervillain Egghead, he freed himself from Egghead's control with the help of Hank Pym. Sometime after Pym's apparent death, Scott Lang gives Malhotra a Giant-Man uniforms.[6]

Other versions

Ultimate Marvel

In the Ultimate Marvel universe, there is a group of characters called Giant-Men who gained size-shifting powers from a modified version of the technology that gave Hank Pym his powers and special jumpsuits that can grow with them. The Giant-Men are part of S.H.I.E.L.D.'s Reserves and consist of Scott Lang, David Scotty, Peter, Cassandra Lang, and some unnamed Giant-Men and Giant-Women.[7]

The Giant-Men and the Rocket Men join Nick Fury, Quicksilver, and Scarlet Witch into fighting the Liberators.[8]

During the Ultimatum storyline, the Giant-Men were seen saving as many people as they can after Magneto caused a tidal wave that hit Manhattan.[9]

The Giant-Men later carry the Ultimates away from the forces of Loki.[10]

The Giant-Men later attack the West Coast Ultimates and easily defeat them.[11]

In other media

File:Paul Rudd as Scott Lang - Giant-Man in Captain America Civil War.jpg
Main article: Ant-Man (film)

Scott Lang / Ant-Man (portrayed by Paul Rudd) serves as the Marvel Cinematic Universe equivalent of Giant-Man; various interviews with directors Anthony and Joe Russo, Marvel Studios's head Kevin Feige, and Ant-Man director Peyton Reed confirmed this.[12][13][14][15][16] In Captain America: Civil War (2016), Ant-Man grows in size during a battle between the Avengers. In Ant-Man and the Wasp (2018), Scott Lang goes giant when going after Sonny Burch's gang, becoming extremely fatigued if he is giant for too long. In Avengers: Endgame (2019), he uses the form to break free of the ruin of the New Avengers facility and subsequently joins the Battle of Earth as Giant-Man.

See also


  1. Avengers #1. Marvel Comics.
  2. Age of Ultron #10.A.I. Marvel Comics.
  3. Avengers #60. Marvel Comics.
  4. Avengers: Rage of Ultron #1. Marvel Comics.
  5. Uncanny Avengers #13. Marvel Comics.
  6. Ant-Man Annual vol. 2, #1. Marvel Comics.
  7. Ultimates 2 #6. Marvel Comics.
  8. Ultimates 2 #9. Marvel Comics.
  9. Ultimatum #2. Marvel Comics.
  10. Ultimate Comics New Ultimates #3. Marvel Comics.
  11. Ultimate Comics Ultimates #11. Marvel Comics.
  12. Lussier, Germain. "How That Big Ant-Man Reveal Ended Up in Captain America: Civil War". 
  13. DiClaudio, Dennis. "Peyton Reed isn't thrilled about Ant-Man making the big time in the MCU". 
  14. "Will Giant Man Return In Ant-Man And The Wasp? Here's What Peyton Reed Says". 18 April 2017. 
  15. JoBlo Movie Trailers (18 September 2016). "CAPTAIN AMERICA: CIVIL WAR - Giant-Man Featurette (2016) Paul Rudd Marvel Movie". 
  16. Truitt, Brian (March 10, 2016). "Exclusive: Meet the biggest superhero of 'Civil War'". USA Today. Archived from the original on May 28, 2016. Retrieved March 10, 2016. 

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