With Ant-Man and the Wasp premiering soon, I figured it would be a good time to revisit and update this retrospective, to cover Ant-Man's appearances in the last couple of years. This time, there will be more talk about Wasp as well, since she has appeared in a few animated projects for the past year. Granted it is only Hope Van Dyne, and not the original Janet, but it's still something. While these new articles may not be as detailed or well-written as those in the past (due to various reasons, including but not limited to time constraints), I hope you all enjoy reading through them, and keep in mind they are just my opinions. Feel free to share your own thoughts, comments or even point out any possible errors in my write-ups below! If everything goes according to plan, I will be posting updates every day this week. Continuing from where I left off (almost 3 years ago...), Ant-Man continued to appear in the last few episodes of Avengers Assemble Season 2 which aired in 2015, with Grant George providing his voice, as mentioned previously. He's present in each episode, in some form or another. The next few episodes continued the Squadron Supreme story-arc, with Nighthawk and his squadron coming closer to their goal of world domination. In "Avengers' Last Stand", as part of Nighthawk's well planned attack, Ant-Man gets trapped alongside Thor and Hawkeye inside a factory where they have to confront Speed Demon and Doctor Spectrum. Not to mention survive the attacks of the factory's defense systems. Doctor Spectrum uses his powers on Ant-Man, making him confront an ant (now giant-sized) he accidentally stepped on once. It's apparently one of the few things from his past still to haunt him, since he did mention he's come to terms with the skeletons in his closet. Unsurprisingly, the heroes manage to escape and then regroup with the others to fight the Squadron. There's a pretty fun scene where Ant-Man shrinks Hyperion (who then is hit by Thor with his hammer). There's even a cool follow-up to this, with Hyperion now back to normal size giving Ant-Man a dirty look and the hero getting scared. The Squadron's secret weapon is revealed to be Nuke, whose name should tell you what he's capable of. The Avengers (minus Thor) are thought to have perished in Nuke's explosion, going down along with the citadel they were in. It turns out Ant-Man saved them all - they were shrunk and managed to escape riding Thor's hammer, which carried them away to safety. They choose to let the Squadron think they're dead, so they can come up with a good enough plan to stop them. Obviously, they manage to do just that in the next episode, titled "Avengers Underground". This time Ant-Man is paired with Captain America as they confront Doctor Spectrum. They manage to take away his Power Prism, and with a new inhibitor device Scott invented Cap is able to control it. He uses it to turn the Sun blue, which weakens Hyperion - apparently the yellow Sun gave him strength (sound familiar?). That doesn't last long however as Hyperion absorbs Nuke's powers and is now almost unstoppable. He tries to reach the Earth's core so he could destroy the entire planet. The Avengers fight him underground (as the title of the episode suggested) and Ant-Man even calls in hundreds of ants to help in the battle. And it worked. The Season finale featured the return of Thanos. This time he was joined by his Black Order, and after escaping from space prison his first stop was New Korbin. One of the Korbinites comes to Earth asking the Avengers for help. They all decide to come to the planet's aid, leaving only Ant-Man and Black Widow to protect our planet (for some reason). The episode is still fun, with a pretty entertaining rematch between Thanos and the heroes. No Infinity Gauntlet this time, since that was already used in the mid-season finale. In the final episode, titled "Avengers World", Thanos is heading towards our planet wishing to destroy it, but cannot find it. Turns out Ant-Man managed to shrink the entire Earth using Stark's newest satellite system. It didn't make much sense (just a few episodes earlier Scott considered shrinking the ocean to stop a tidal wave a dumb idea), but it didn't last long either. The now giant Thanos is on Earth and a huge battle with the Avengers follows. Ant-Man himself becomes Giant-Man for a scene and gets a chance to punch a weakened Thanos. With Thanos defeated again, the Avengers celebrate and talk about some more potential new recruits... including Captain Marvel, Doctor Strange, Moon Knight and Spider-Man*. Sadly, these folks wouldn't get a chance to join until half-way through next Season despite their debuts being set up here. Ant-Man himself also kind of quits the team after this, and will have to re-join the heroes later on around the same time the other recruits would be introduced. Overall, this last half of Season 2 was fun and a pretty nice improvement over what happened before. Still not perfect but I found it more entertaining, at the very least. And things would only get better during Season 3. *Speaking of Spider-Man... around the same time as these episodes aired in summer of 2015, Ant-Man guest-starred on Ultimate Spider-Man, the show that kicked off this new supposedly shared universe. The series focused on Spider-Man, obviously, as a hero-in-training for SHIELD, working alongside a group of other teenage heroes, with this particular roster changing in latter Seasons. Supposedly aimed at a younger audience and focusing more on comedy than action or drama the show has some good moments but most of the time isn't anything special. It's currently the longest running Spidey animated series, with 104 episodes in total. Following a similar pattern as Avengers Assemble, each Season seems an improvement over the last. In this case, Ant-Man (once again voiced by Grant George) appeared during the third Season (sub-titled "Web-Warriors"), in the episode simply titled "Ant-Man". The show often used titles as obvious as this one. In this story, Ant-Man, Spider-Man and "Power Man" Luke Cage must shrink down and travel through Nick Fury's body to remove the nanobots Doctor Octopus implanted in him. It's a typical "Fantastic Voyage" homage, but a pretty well done story. There's really not much to talk about, the heroes fight off robots inside Fury for most of the episode, and that's about it. There are a few neat moments, like Ant-Man being one of the teachers at SHIELD Academy in the beginning of the episode and Spidey mocking his powers thinking they're not all that useful. By the end of the story he probably learned his lesson though it was never really brought up again during the show's run. It's not much, but I figured this story should also be mentioned in an Ant-Man retrospective. Next Time: Ultron is Revolting!