Since his creation in 1962, Ant-Man has been one of the more complicated and controversial, yet wildly fascinating Marvel characters. Like most comic heroes, he’s undergone a number of changes over the years from different characters taking up the mantle to brand new interpretations of his iconic costume.
Again, like plenty of costumed heroes, Ant-Man has experienced an even share of good and bad when it comes to his suit. So, to save you some time as you sift through the many costumes of the Ant-Man, whatever version it may be, here are five suits that made him look incredibly cool and five that probably should’ve never made it to production.
10 Lame: Goliath
Although Bill Foster is undoubtedly the more popular version of the character, Goliath was once actually Hank Pym himself. He took over the alias of Goliath shortly after his creation in the Marvel Universe and soon after he discovered that his particles could be used to grow just as they were used to shrink.
To accompany his new alias, Hank Pym adopted an insanely awful costume that deviated entirely from his original Ant-Man suit. This blue and yellow monstrosity was by far one of Pym’s worst costumes throughout his hero days and strayed the furthest from the design of the original.
9 Cool: Earth’s Mightiest Heroes
Some of Ant-Man’s best costumes come from his time outside of the comics. For starters, his suit in the animated Avengers: Earth’s Mightiest Heroes series was an incredible spin-off of his original comic book outfit.
It gave an updated version of the iconic helmet, while still staying true to the actual costume design of the Pym’s original suit. Although his costume would evolve into something entirely different later on in the show, this one was significantly better.
8 Lame: Epting Giant-Man
Steve Epting is an iconic artist and responsible for some of the most beautiful pages in Marvel’s history. However, during his time with the Avengers in the 1990s, he gave an extremely questionable redesign to Hank Pym’s Giant-Man.
This sleeveless version of Giant-Man wouldn’t last long and that’s probably for the best. In terms of Pym’s ability to alter his size, this costume was easily the least practical and one of the furthest deviations from his original costume, especially since this one doesn’t even see him with an actual helmet.
7 Cool: Secret Avengers
Along with the original Hank Pym, the Ant-Man mantle has been assumed by the more memorable Scott Lang as well as the deviant Eric O’Grady. Both brought with them significantly different costumes to accompany their significantly opposing personalities and ideas of heroism. During his time with the Secret Avengers, and more specifically the Black Ops Unit formed by Steve Rogers, Eric O’Grady donned a pretty simplistic, yet spectacular costume. The primarily red suit, wholly detailed with hints of black, is an extremely creative take on Ant-Man’s costume. His headwear, highlighted by the long black antenna, is another innovative interpretation of the characters’ helmet.
6 Lame: Fantastic Four: World’s Greatest Heroes
For Ant-Man, the quality of his suit can be completely dominated by whether or not it’s accompanied by an aesthetically solid helmet. The rest of the costume can be great, but if the helmet design isn’t of the same quality, the suit as a whole suffers.
That’s certainly the case in his appearances in Fantastic Four: World’s Greatest Heroes. Ant-Man only appears in one episode of the animated series and his suit for that episode is meant to pay homage to the original Hank Pym comic costume. Overall, however, the suit is a little too bulky for the character and the helmet comes off aesthetically strange. Even with just the single appearance, Ant-Man’s appearance alongside the Fantastic Four could’ve used some significant improvement.
5 Cool: Eric O’Grady LMD
A major part of Eric O’Grady’s storyline was actually his death. However, like plenty of other Marvel characters, that didn’t mean it was the last we saw of him.
The LMD version of O’Grady carried on his wake, becoming the Black Ant. Even though the character wasn’t always fighting on the side of good, it had one of the cleanest Ant-Man costumes ever seen. It stuck with a more armored suit as if it were made by Tony Stark himself, and adopted a helmet like O’Grady’s original helmet, meant to look more like an actual ant head. All in all, the suit was aesthetically brilliant and a great creative combination of O’Grady’s original costume and that of the brand new Black Ant character.
4 Lame: Disassembled
Celebrating the 500th issue of the original Avengers run, writer Brian Michael Bendis and artist David Finch presented an imaginative masterpiece with Avengers Disassembled. Although the story and art were both incredible in their own ways, Scott Lang’s Ant-Man got an interesting new look.
Lang wouldn’t last long in the storyline, but in the time he did, his suit featured an extremely strange new helmet. The rest of the suit was still on par with what usually made up Ant-Man’s signature look, highlighted with equal parts red and black, but the modernized helmet just strayed too far from what usually made Ant-Man look so cool.
3 Cool: New Scott Lang
Falling in line with the success of the Marvel Cinematic Universe’s Ant-Man film, Nick Spencer, Ramon Rosanas, and Mark Brook’s 2015 Ant-Man series showcased a brilliant new look for Scott Lang.
The suit takes inspiration from both the film and the classic suit, resulting in one of the best modern takes on Ant-Man that any comic has offered. Combining those elements of old and new Ant-Men, such as the chest pattern resembling Lang’s on-screen suit as well as the openness of the helmet resembling the classic design of Hank Pym’s helmet. It’s a terrific new look for the character and one that has come to define the more modern takes on Ant-Man.
2 Lame: Avengers: United They Stand
The late 1990s, early 2000s animated series Avengers: United They Stand produced probably the most bizarre Ant-Man design of all time. Granted, every character was equipped with a new look for the series, but none as strange as Ant-Man’s. It’s clear they were going for a bug-inspired design, but it just fell extremely short of what had made the characters look so great over the years. It’s a good thing this design ended with the series because if it had transferred over to the comics there would’ve been plenty of Ant-Man fans up in arms.
1 Cool: Original MCU Suit
Last, but not least, the MCU suit. Although Paul Rudd’s interpretation of the character has sported several different suits across his four appearances, the original suit of Ant-Man is by far the best.
It has that classic and worn look to it, looking like it was ripped straight from the 1980s, while still incorporating modern elements like the wrist gauntlets and utility belt. The less modernized helmet of his first appearance is also the coolest his headgear has looked in a long time. Hopefully, this suit’s time isn’t done just yet and we get to see him wear it again in a future MCU film.
Ant-Man has had some pretty awesome costumes over the years. But they haven't all been great.