Remember when Ant-Man was a domestic abuser?

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Ant-Man arrives in theaters today, introducing moviegoers to Marvel's latest superhero: Scott Lang (Paul Rudd), who takes on his new abilities under the mentorship of Dr. Hank Pym (Michael Douglas). He may not be as popular as Iron Man or Captain America, but Ant-Man is likely to score with audiences who meet him for the first time this weekend.

But those same moviegoers might be surprised to learn that in the original comics, Ant-Man became infamous for an entirely different reason. Dr. Hank Pym (the original Ant-Man) and his wife Janet Van Dyne (the superheroine The Wasp) were founding members of the Avengers, but Pym was eventually ousted from the group. In a desperate attempt to win his spot back, he developed a robot villain only he could defeat, which he believed would impress his former teammates. But when Janet tried to talk him out of the plan, he backhanded her across the face, sending her crashing to the ground.

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