George R.R. Martin Gushes Over Marvel and ‘Ant-Man’

By July 23, 2015

Because many of their most popular characters have been around since the early 1960s, with some having history reaching as far back as the late 1930s, it’s pretty safe to say that the characters of Marvel Comics have fans across multiple generations. One of those fans happens to be A Song of Ice and Fire novelist George R.R. Martin, whose books form the basis for the popular HBO series “Game of Thrones.” It seems that Martin took a break from writing the next installment in his popular book series to go to the theater and watch Ant-Man, the 12th entry in the Marvel Cinematic Universe. He had so many thoughts about it and the Marvel Universe at-large, that he decided to write them down in his personal blog.

In regards to how Martin felt about the film itself, he said that he “loved it,” and clearly shone his Marvel credibility by reminiscing on his own history of enjoying the company’s characters and stories. He said,

Now, I have to confess, as an old — VERY old — Marvel fanboy (I was once a member of the Merry Marvel Marching Society), I was a little disappointed going in when I heard that this would be the Scott Lang Ant-Man and not the original Hank Pym Ant-Man of my youth. Scott Lang came in just about the time when my regular comics reading was falling off, so I did not know the character very well, whereas I knew and loved Hank and Janet, Ant-Man and his winsome Wasp. I was there at the dawn of time when they first started adventuring through the pages of TALES TO ASTONISH, after all.

They were never as popular as the other heroes that Stan Lee created back then — Iron Man, Spider-Man, Thor, and such — but Lee always seemed to have a soft spot for Ant-Man, and I did too. Ant-Man was the ultimate underdog, after all, the little guy in a very literal sense who somehow held his own with gods and monsters whose powers dwarfed his own. The ants were cool too, and gave him a definite edge in my mind over his rival itty-bitty hero over at DC, the Atom.

Because of his history, specifically with the Hank Pym iteration of the Ant-Man character, Martin was cautious as he headed into the film.

Given all this history, I had a lot of trepidation when this movie was announced. Would they do it right, would they capture the original Ant-Man from TALES TO ASTONISH and AVENGERS #1, the character I’d loved… or would they f**k it up?? I was eager for the film, but apprehensive about it as well, especially when I heard it would be about Scott Lang, not Hank Pym. I am relieved and delighted to report that they did it right.

Martin would go on to share that while he has some quibbles with the film — particularly Yellowjacket’s position as little more than an evil doppelganger of the hero in his eyes — he felt that it was one of their best films, and even says that he enjoys it, “more than the first AVENGERS and a lot more than the second, more than either THOR, more than the second and third IRON MAN and maybe just a smidge more than the first (though I liked that one a lot too).”

What do you think? Do you share Martin’s adoration for the latest Marvel Studios film? Do you disagree? Or, are you just angry with him for killing your favorite character from one of his books? Sound off below, and keep an eye on GeekNation for more news as it happens!

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Chris Clow
As a former comics retailer at a store in the Pacific Northwest, Chris Clow is an enormous sci-fi, comics, and film geek. He is a freelance contributor, reviewer, podcaster, and overall geek to GeekNation,, The Huffington Post, and He also hosts the monthly Comics on Consoles broadcast and podcast. Check out his blog, and follow him on Twitter @ChrisClow.
  • Stephanie H

    I absolutely loved it. I always enjoy Paul Rudd in his movies; he usually owns the scenes he’s in. So I knew going in that however the movie would turn out, at least he’d be one of the better characters. I know absolutely nothing about the Ant-Man character other than the movie and a brief Wikipedia search, so I just went in on faith that Marvel usually pulls through on their risks (Iron Man, Guardians of the Galaxy).

    What I got was a father-daughter movie that was both endearing as it was sad in that I couldn’t watch it with my own father. A good character movie that focused on the personal moral struggles of two men, and then their struggles with getting closer to their daughters. Michael Peńa was absolutely hilarious. My only thing was I felt like they were stumped on how to fully write out a character arc or plot for Darren Cross, so they kind of made him similar to the Obadiah Stane villain of Iron Man. But, it didn’t take from the movie, the similarity was just noticeable. I’ve been all about recommending this movie to people and can’t wait to see it again 🙂