Yep, that's Scythe and the other one is Mangler. Interesting story behind this episode... Chris and I knew without question that we were going to find a way to get the Heroes For Hire into this season, and I thought connecting them to the "To Steal an Ant-Man" story (Scott Lang's origin) from Marvel Premiere #47-48 would be a good way to do it. I always loved that story, and actually, as one of the best showcases of Ant-Man's powers, it was one of the books we looked to for inspiration when working on Hank's micro-episodes in Season 1.
Originally we were also trying to get Mad Thinker to be the villain of an episode, and we thought at first that this would be the episode to do it. But as we tried to lay out the story, there was just way too much going on--trying to give Hank his arc, giving the Heroes For Hire enough focus, but keeping the bulk of the attention on Scott Lang's emotional story, while also trying to juggle a crazy Super-Villain plot with Mad Thinker and Awesome Andy.
Eventually we realized that the weakest link (well... least essential to the story anyway) was Thinker. Chris had the idea of using Crossfire as the main villain instead, and just simplifying the villain thread to more of a street-level, organized crime angle. (Trivia Nod: Scott Lang's original foe in the books was a different dude named Cross.) This was one of the two changes that mad the whole episode finally gel (the other was a structural tweak that gave us an up-close look at the Ant-Man suit's capabilities leading into the reveal that Hank was giving all this info to the H4H.) Using Cross allowed us to tie the villain thread back to Scott's emotional story, which let us keep the focus there, where it belonged, and it also helped us highlight the kinds of stories the H4H are best suited for--a noire-esque, street-level crime mystery.
This is a long way of explaining that when Chris finished this draft of the script, there was an action sequence at the end that had the H4H and Hank fighting a bunch of generic Crossfire thugs. Director Roy Burdine (who impressed me with every episode he directed, but perhaps none more than this one) wanted to add some more color to the action sequences. He dug through a bunch of old Iron Fist, Luke Cage, and Heroes For Hire books and came up with a slew of classic, obscure villains (the vast majority of which, I admit, I had never heard of before.) This final touch just elevated the episode from what I thought was already pretty cool to one of my top 5 favorites of both seasons.
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