Tech on Film: Ant-Man (2015) and a Network Admins Nightmare Part 2

Continued from Tech on Film: Ant-Man and a Network Admins Nightmare Part 1


As a final note, older Marvel fans would be interested in knowing that another Marvel character did fall into the sub-atomic world. In 1990, Ant-Man guest-starred in part 1 of "Spidey's Totally Tiny Adventure," a three-part story published in The Amazing Spider-Man Annual #24, Web of Spider-Man Annual #6 and Spectacular Spider-Man Annual #10 that revolved around Peter suddenly beginning to shrink rapidly after attending a science exhibit and eventually falling into the Microverse.

Peter Parker initially thought his continuous shrinking was due to an accidental exposure to Pym particles. However, as it turned out, it was all a diabolical plot by the cosmic being and Fantastic Four enemy Psycho-Man. God-like Psycho-Man had mistakenly thought that the web-spinner still had the Uni-Power, which had months before briefly granted Peter Parker unlimited power and strength via the Enigma force.

*All scans from the author's own collection.


 

Scott Lang and Spidey first met in Marvel Team-Up #103 (1981) and made a good team in Part 1 of "Spidey's Totally Tiny Adventure" (1990). Unfortunately, a major flaw in the Gerry Conway- David Michelinie story was Lang abandoning Spidey in Part 2 after finding out his enlarging gas wasn't the cause of Spidey's predicament. Scan from Amazing Spider-Man Annual #24 (1990).


 
Spidey falls into the Microverse and nearly becomes insane in Spectacular Spider-Man Annual #10 (1990).



 
Scott Lang in Ant-Man (2015) falls into a similar situation after defeating Yellowjacket.


Note: "Spidey's Totally Tiny Adventure" was a fun 80s story although it was published in 1990. There are two glaring aspects of the tale that make the plot problematic however.  Scott Lang actually doesn't help Spidey find out why he was shrinking and seemingly abandons his fellow superhero in Part 1. Peter ends up asking his chemist friend Harry Osborn for help instead in Part 2 (true Spidey fans know Harry wasn't exactly a scientist . . . or an intelligent person for that matter).


 
Sub-atomic aliens give Peter a boost with an enlarging ray to keep up with his opponent in Web of Spider-Man Annual #6 (1990). Spidey inadvertently saves several dozen alien races when he faces off and wins against Microverse lord Psycho-Man.

How did Spidey return from the Microverse? Well, it's not nearly as dramatic as Ant-Man (2015)'s penultimate climax. In Part 3 of "Spidey's Totally Tiny Adventure", Spidey smashes Psycho-Man's controller and Peter returned to his normal state in time to finish a pretty good run of tales under David Michelinie and Gerry Conway a couple of years before Marvel Comics went bankrupt and fell into the worst state of comic book writing which continues to this day.

But that's another story.


 

The writers of Ant-Man (2015) probably didn't reference Marvel Team-Up #103 (1981) where Ant-Man enlarged his flying ant Purdey and forgot about him at the end of the issue (a similar incident happens in the movie), but it sure is nice if Spidey and Lang team up in future movies set in the MCU.

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