Ant-Man Arrow

It’s time to discuss one of Hawkeye’s most popular tricks: using an arrow to provide transportation for fellow Avenger Ant-Man (Scott Lang).

Hawkeye is a master of the improvised arrow. Also, Clint Barton used Pym Particles himself as Goliath. Given that information, the Ant-Man Arrow seems like an inevitability. The only question is, why did it take so long? Once the trick saw light in Avengers #223 (1982), it started to appear more often. The trick has even appeared in two animated shows: Earth’s Mightiest Heroes and Avengers Assemble.

The popularity of the Paul Rudd Ant-Man (2015) movie practically promised we would see a live action version on the big screen before long. Now, with Captain America: Civil War (2016), the promise has been fulfilled.

The trick owes its popularity to Hawkeye so he gets naming rights. But it should be noted that Green Arrow and The Atom have used their version of this trick first. Atom first hitches a ride on one of Green Arrows shafts in Justice League of America #22 (1963) by Gardner Fox, Mike Sekowsky and Bernard Sachs. This was the year after Ant-Man (Pym) first appeared and a year before Hawkeye first appeared.

Data

  • Type: Improvised Arrow
  • Frequency: Very rare
  • Effects: Ant-Man rides along as a passenger on the arrowhead.
  • Variations: Atom Arrow (DC)
  • First Appearance:
    • (with Pym) Avengers Annual #2 (1968)
    • (with Lang) Avengers #223 (1982)

Reality Check

See a nice analysis of the physics of the Ant-Man arrow as seen in the movie in “Ant-Man Rides an Arrow in Captain America: Civil War. Can I?” Spoiler: you can’t.

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