Real Name: Henry Pym
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In the Ultimate Marvel continuity, Henry "Hank" Pym is a brilliant, but mentally fragile scientist who takes Prozac and is married to Janet Pym, née van Dyne. He is chosen to work on the "Super Soldier Project" for S.H.I.E.L.D. under Nick Fury. Hank is also the superhero "Giant-Man", able to grow to 59 feet and 11 inches (60 feet being the point where the human body cannot support its own mass). He gains his powers after experimenting on the blood of his wife Jan, who is a mutant.
In this continuity, he is prone to domestic violence, a spin off of a storyline in traditional Marvel continuity. He has been attempting to change, going on a medication, and Jan believes that joining the Ultimates could be a new start for them. But the tensions of losing and humiliating himself in a battle with the Hulk, and his jealousy of Jan's "friendship" with Captain America, lead to a heated argument between the couple that ends after they have a violent fight, and Janet is hospitalized. Captain America himself takes revenge, beats him to a pulp despite the fact that Pym was giant-sized at the time, and forces him out of the team.
He is eventually allowed back into the Triskelion, but not as a member of the Ultimates; instead, he serves with the staff and acts as a psychiatrist for inmates, including Norman Osborn, Otto Octavius, Maxwell Dillon, Flint Marko and Sergei Kravinoff.
Henry seems to overcome his violent streak and becomes desperate to get in the Ultimates again, becoming the ant-manipulator "Ant-Man" and building two prototype androids, Ultron and Vision II. Despite this, he remains a pariah, becoming increasingly depressed as S.H.I.E.L.D. debuted an entire team of Giant-Men who are capable of breaking the 60-foot "limit" that he had been unable to overcome and making Hank's place obsolete. Desperate, he joins the vigilante team Defenders, starting a meaningless affair with Valkyrie and making a laughing stock of himself.
In spite of his sad descent, he is able to relate to his estranged wife Jan again, and the two begin to see each other again (though their renewed relationship has been platonic so far). On a side note, he is visited by the traitor within the Ultimates — an object of great fan speculation, as of 2005 — but seems too much in a funk to seriously care (It is revealed in Ultimates 2 #9 that the traitor was Ultimate Black Widow). In recently published materials, it has been revealed that Pym is building an army of Ultrons for the invading Coalition. Hank Pym keeps the American populace in line using the Ultron robots he created, not knowing how full scale the attack will prove to be.
As the tide of the battle starts to turn to the Ultimates favor, Hank orders the Ultron robots to help The Ultimates and they start taking out The Liberators armed guards. He swears to Quicksilver that he planned on infiltrating The Liberators from the start. Although he appears to be lying, at some point earlier he did give the Wasp a growth serum. Interestingly, when she uses it, she grows taller than Giant-Man ever did, to nearly the same size as the S.H.I.E.L.D. Giant-Men. Apparently Pym finally overcame the 60-foot limit that plagued him earlier in the series.
As the Liberators are killed or arrested, Pym once again tries to convince the Ultimates he was on their side the entire time, but Captain America and even Thor don't want to hear it. As the series comes to a close, Jan visits him in the cell Thor and Hulk had occupied earlier, quipping "So, do we all have spend a little time in these cells?"
It has been suggested that this version of Hank suffers from bipolar disorder, which would explain his mood swings between manic/creative highs and depressive/violent lows. His use of Prozac seems to bear this out, as this drug is often prescribed to sufferers.
The Ultimate version of this character is not an alternate identity of the regular Marvel character as the Ultimate universe is a distinct reality.
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First Appearance: The Ultimates (2002) #2
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The Ultimates (2002)
#2 The Ultimates 3 (2009)
- 'Giant Man vs. The Wasp'
Ultimate Avengers vs. New Ultimates (2011)
Ultimate Mystery (2010)
Ultimate New Ultimates (2010)
#3 Ultimate Power (2006)
- 'Chapter Three: Lies'#4
- 'Chapter Four: Loki'#5
- 'Chapter Five: Love'
#2 Ultimates 2 (2005)
- 'Part 2 of 9'#3
- 'Part 3 of 9'#4
- 'Part 4 of 9'
#1#2 Ultimates 3 (2008)
- 'Dead Man Walking'#3
- 'The Trial of the Hulk'#4
- 'The Defenders'#7
- 'Wolf in the Fold'#8
- 'Born on the Fourth of July'#10
- 'Axis of Evil'#11
- 'America Strikes Back'#12
- 'The Avengers'#13
- 'Independence Day'
Ultimates Saga (2007)
- 'Ultimatum Chapter One: Three Kings'
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