Ant-Man in Wonderland: Marvel Through the Looking Glass

Ant-Man in Wonderland: Marvel Through the Looking Glass

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next move with Squarespace. On May 23, 1885, Charles Lutwidge Dodgson briefly wrote about strange hallucinations he experienced, followed by a headache. He noted that it was the
second time he was victim to such visual manifestations, leading some to speculate that perhaps the first experience was
years before in the 1860s when he was writing a book called Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland under the pseudonym Lewis Carroll. Strange drawings and
previous diary entries seem to support the idea that Carroll based at least some of Alice’s adventures on his own mental
misperceptions of the world. A neuropsychological condition known as Alice in Wonderland Syndrome describes the disorienting experience of perceiving distortions in reality, often followed by a migraine. In Oliver Sacks’ Hallucinations,
he writes that quote, “It is not only the visual world “that may be affected in a migraine aura. “There may be hallucinations of body image “the feeling that one
is taller or shorter, “that one limb has
shrunk or grown gigantic, “that one’s body is tilted
at an angle, and so forth.” End quote. Throughout Alice’s adventure,
she constantly changes size, ranging from as big as a
house to as small as a mouse. This gimmick of having a character who can shrink and grow in size has fascinated audiences
and storytellers for ages, providing a ton of creative potential for imaginative action and adventures. And with a story as popular
and influential as Wonderland, not even Marvel can resist paying homage to Carroll’s classic with their own size-changing superhero, Ant-Man, who in his original
story, much like Alice, fell down a hole of curious discovery. When Ant-Man debuted in the comic story The Man in the Ant Hill from
1962, he wasn’t a superhero. He didn’t have a costume or
any supervillains to fight. Heck, he wasn’t even called Ant-Man, he was simply Hank Pym, a scientist who wanted to test and prove the success of his latest discovery, a potion that causes objects to shrink in scale. Pym saw the potential commercial and military uses of his technology, but he first needed to test
it out on a living subject. Who better than himself? He empties the bottle and
becomes the size of an ant. A size-altering potion in a bottle is familiar territory for
both Ant-Man and Alice. Although there were many objects that caused Alice to change size, the very first one was a
bottle with the label Drink Me which shrinks her down
to a few inches high. There was also some cake and a fan but the most consistent
way she changed size throughout her adventure was by nibbling on a peculiar mushroom revealed to Alice by her own helpful-ish
insect acquaintance. Not an ant, but a caterpillar. – One side will make you grow taller. – One side of what? – And the other side will
make you grow shorter. – The other side of what? – The mushroom, of course. – [Narrator] Through trial and error, Alice learned that the
piece of the mushroom in her right-hand made her shrink while the left-hand bit made her grow. This is mirrored in Ant-Man’s suit where the button on his
right hand reduces his size, and the button on his left… (dramatic music) (grunting) – Holy shit! – [Narrator] Oh, you get it. But when Scott Lang initially puts on the Ant-Man suit in the
film, his first obstacle is the fact that he’s stuck in
a bathtub as the water runs, threatening to wash him away. Hank Pym, over Scott’s headset,
calls this a trial by water. – [Hank] It’s a trial by fire Scott. Or in this case, water. – [Narrator] Alice goes
through a similar trial in chapter two of her story
titled The Pool of Tears. Early in Alice’s adventure, she simply tried to go
through a door into a garden, but even that proved no simple task. The door was small, and Alice had trouble becoming the proper
size to fit through it. As Alice kept growing
and shrinking in size trying to get it right,
she became frustrated with her situation and started weeping. Quote, “she sat down
and began to cry again, shedding gallons of tears, until there was a large
pool all around her, about four inches deep and
reaching half down the hall. End quote. When Alice shrank again, she nearly drowned in
her own pool of tears. In fact, during this moment in the story, Alice started getting smaller and smaller at such a rapid rate, that she was worried about
shrinking out of existence. Quote, “‘I must be growing small again.’ “She got up and went to the
table to measure herself by it, “and found that, as
nearly as she could guess, “she was now about two feet high, “and was going on shrinking rapidly. “She soon found out that the cause of this “was the fan she was holding,
and she dropped it hastily, “just in time to avoid
shrinking away altogether. “‘That was a narrow escape!’ said Alice, “a good deal frightened
at the sudden change, “but very glad to find
herself still in existence.” End quote. The fear of becoming so tiny that you risk shrinking away endlessly is a prominent plot point
in the Ant-Man movie, happening both to Scott
Lang and Janet Van Dyne. But alright, aside from
these more literal elements, the stories of Alice and Ant-Man, both Hank Pym and Scott Lang, share a similar theme of
following ones curiosity. – Curiouser and curiouser. – [Narrator] Alice was just laying around doing nothing special when
she saw a white rabbit panicking about being late,
run by and jump down a hole. Quote, “In another moment
went down Alice after it, “never once considering how in the world “she was to get out again.” End quote. In Hank Pym’s first adventure, he tested his experimental
serum on himself without a second thought. And with Scott Lang in the Ant-Man movie, he didn’t have to put on the suit. No one made him, and he
didn’t even know its function, but he was curious. Right before he shrinks
for the first time, he utters the words… – [Ant-Man] I wonder. – So, follow your curiosity. Ask questions, wonder. And don’t ever make me watch
Alice in Wonderland again. That movie gives me
actual, literal anxiety. So this was kind of a different
video than I normally do, let me know your thoughts in the comments or on twitter @NerdSync. Did you like it, did you hate it? Also, I have another
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100 thoughts on “Ant-Man in Wonderland: Marvel Through the Looking Glass”

  1. I like all your videos, seriously you could film yourself torturing animals and people would still like because you'd make it interesting and charming as you do with anything

  2. NerdSync I have been pondering this since Monday and I want you to discuss it somstime in the future – the age of Superman. I'm not talking his existence like from 1938 – 2018. I am talking about his incontinuity age. Now you may say he is in his 30s, but that his how long Clark has been on Earth. Clark was born on some distant planet, and arrived on Earth. Based on spave travel and assuming his ship moved at light speed, wouldn't Superman be like hundreds of years old?

  3. I loved the comparative essay!!! Very well written and edited!! This channel is always a pleasure.

  4. Here’s a topic why does the man addition to a name work for some hero’s but not others, like think of Wolverine and iron man. Then think of wolverine man kinda dumb right? Or vise versa “the iron” why does it work for some? It might be repetition but if Spider-Man was just the spider I think that would still sound cool, but if Ant man was just the ant the that’s dumb. Or if Cap was just called America though that would be funny.

  5. The kind of high quality content you expect from a multi-million subscriber channel. It's obvious you care about the art you produce, I LOVE IT!

  6. I really like this format.
    One gripe, though: I think it's annoying when people say "unquote" to end a quotation. It's kind of unnecessary, especially when you show the quote on screen.

  7. Cool analysis. I'd love more like this, especially with a movie better than Ant-Man. For me personally that movie is worse than Thor The Dark World.

  8. Wow! I never realized before Alice almost drowning in her own tears was, like a metaphor for depression. Bananas!

  9. Are you gonna talk about the end scene in Ant Man and the Wasp?.
    Edit: Nevermind I forgot that this channel only deals with comics

  10. hey Scott, I have been wondering why inhumans are not hated as much as the X-Men? also I really love your vids (im a huge subscriber)

  11. I have a request. You should do a video on the history of Miracle Man. I've really enjoyed the videos I've seen so far, and I would like to see you try to explain the history of this character, as it was one of Alan Moore's first gig's at writing comics. Or at least that is what I've come to believe from everything I've read, and the looooong legal battle over who actually owned the rights to the character.
    Really enjoy the channel, I've learned a lot and I hope that one day you can tell people about this character. Thanks and keep up the fantastic work! 🙂

  12. Off topic but is there a good reason why Kryptonite does not affect normal people like it does to Superman? Genes perhaps?

  13. I enjoyed the video. How'd you discover this connection bettween the Ant-man movie and alice in wonderland?

  14. Wait, don't tell mee Ant-Man followed Fantastic Four's path, as a superhero without costume in their debut….

  15. I don't know why but any movie where the characters shrink always makes me nervous and stresses me out. The first time Scott shrunk my heart I felt really uncomfortable, but I still loved the movie nonetheless 😁😁! Great video, it was a nice comparison that I've never thought of before!!

  16. Hello Scott, i am preforming research into the science of the Lizard from Spider man's continuity and i thought of this question i hope you can answer : What is the most scientifically accurate comic book known to man ?

  17. I also made a Seven paragraph long proposal letter describing the character i invented, the species it belongs to, an how it effected the ecosystem, with mutants and human alike. I am sending it to Marvel to see if they would take up the character and it's species. I hope they would add it to the mainstream Marvel comic universe. If you want, i can show you the letter.

  18. Man I love your videos… I had never thought of the similiarities with Alice, I'm gonna watch the movie with a different idea in mind…

  19. I was laying in my couch one day when I was thinking what am I doing wth my live and an aunt may solo film and how tragic it would be since she lost her sibling (or in law) and soon later lost her husband and was going broke without his aid…but wait what was Uncle Ben's job when he was alive?

  20. Please post more frequent. Check out Comics Explained. I know you need a profound story to tell which is why I subscribe, but you need a broader content design to keep people interested. I've seen Epic Rap Battles of History fiz out. Screwattack keeps attention with filler. Comics Explained is a good way to prep for a movie coming out or to be a master of comics. You can do the same while still teaching us. Start content rich, end with your wisdom. Don't you die in me!

  21. Alice in Wonderland and Ant-man need to have a Crossover. Alice in Wonderland(1951)need the Animated Netflix series more Madness and more Giantess Growth.

  22. I liked it a lot! It was very different yeah, but I liked how it flowed in giving away different insights about the two.

  23. Ant-Man has the most interesting legacy in Marvel, imo. All three Ant-Men are iconic, and they all even have their own Wasps and other alter-egos.

  24. Did you know that Marvel did a line of comics in the 2000s called "Marvel Fairy Tales", retellings of classic fairy tales and folk tales with famous Marvel characters. For example, a Red Riding Hood story with Mary Jane as Red and Peter Parker as the woodsman, the Vision as Pinocchio, Cyclops as the Japanese folk hero Momotarō and other X-men as the various animals he encounters and aids on his journey. Anyway, the did a retelling of Alice in Wonderland with the Young Avengers and Scott Lang's daughter, Cassie aka Stature playing the role of Alice. Thought it would be an interesting concept if you revisit this topic again.

  25. Yo dude! I did presentation in college about the similarities of Captain America and Rip Van Winkle. Two guys representing the old American Spirit. Two guys fall asleep until after an important war is over. Two men who are very out of their time.

  26. 12345marios: yes Disney did buy marvel in 2008 but they can crossover with each other make make this crossover happened into a movie dang it!

  27. "In another moment down went Alice after it, never once considering how in the world she was to get out again." Still one of my favorite quotes from any type of media ever.

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