With the Ant-Man trailer out in the wilds and The Atom ready to make his appearance on CW’s Arrow TV series, the battle of the miniature heroes is about to hit the next level.
Who will triumph? Since we here at Geek Crusade lack a Large Hadron Collider and the scientific knowledge of Neil deGrasse Tyson, we had to come up with our own method of determining which nano warrior would win the day..
The man behind the mask:
Ant-Man: A master thief played by Parks And Recreation alum Paul Rudd (can’t wait for him and Chris Pratt to meet on-screen!), most noted for his comedy roles (which I honestly don’t know much about).
The Atom: A rich billionaire inventor played by rejected/rebooted Superman Brandon Routh, whose most notable contribution to Superman Returns (2006) was an urban legend about whether his crotch had been digitally altered for the Superman costume.
Also, acting in a film about making a porn movie and getting beaten up by Michael Cera into a shower of coins.
Winner: The Atom. Rich in the Arrowverse and more geek cred on his CV.
The woman behind the man:
Ant-Man: Hope Van Dyne, a hybrid character created for the movie and played by Evangeline Lilly.
Lilly was last seen not being wanted in a trilogy squeezed out from the stretched flesh of a children’s book together with a love triangle that didn’t exist and another elf that jumped the shark, then mounted the shark and rode to the moon with it and back (c.f The Hobbit trilogy – wasn’t it like, awesome?)
Atom: Felicity Smoak, played by Emily Bett Rickards. THE Felicity Smoak. A character so awesome DC made the version in the comics more like the one we see in the Arrow.
Additionally, she’s locked lips with Oliver Queen/Arrow/Green Arrow, Barry Allen/The Flash, AND Ray Palmer/Atom-to-be.
Plus her ex-boyfriend’s name (Cooper Seldon) is probably a reference to Sheldon Cooper from the Big Bang Theory.
Winner: The Atom. Because Felicity Smoak. Need I say more? She’s kissed three superheroes in the same universe. That’s gotta count for bonus points, and then some.
Ant-Man: It’s the Marvel Cinematic Universe. They’ve pretty much set the benchmark for superhero movies, TV shows and soon Netflix shows all coming under their wing.
They have individual movies for some characters, then they have The Avengers, which brings them all together.
They have Robert Downey Jr as Iron Man, Chris Evans as Captain America, and soon, Benedict Cumberbatch as Doctor Strange.
Atom: Well. CW has done a pretty good job with the Arrow and Flash shows, with some crossovers and a good list of villains being built up, with Arrow having members of the Suicide Squad show up and Flash gearing towards a full Rogues gallery.
Unfortunately, DC also has Gotham lingering somewhere around on another network, Supergirl up and coming, and Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice with Brandon Routh’s replacement, a Flash movie with a different Flash and a Suicide Squad movie in the works with a different Suicide Squad.
That’s… bloody confusing.
Winner: Ant-Man, by a mile. Just read the last two paragraphs twice and see if you haven’t facepalmed several times over.
With The Atom winning two out of three, it seems easy to award this one to Brandon Routh’s DC revival (let us not forget that Captain America Chris Evans once played the Human Torch).
However, when we get to the big picture, Paul Rudd’s Ant-Man has the weight of the entire MCU backing him up.
As good as CW’s Arrow and Flash shows are, there’s not really a lot the producers can do when they’re being overlooked as Warner Bros looks to play catch up, while Marvel is off getting the pengling master on its payroll AND giving us summer blockbusters with a talking raccoon and a tree that can say five words, die, and come back to life as something terribly adorable.
Still, The Atom wins. Because Felicity Smoak.
Atom vs Ant Man: who wins? Tell us your verdict, geeks!