Trailer Into REaction: Ant-Man and the Wasp: Quantumania (2023) | Official Trailer

The trailer for Ant-Man and the Wasp: Quantumania dropped earlier today, and having watched it – it’s pretty good – I realized that people probably don’t quite understand how important the character was to Marvel Studios’ efforts.

For a start, the idea of Ant-Man is far pulpier – or sillier, depending upon how you look at such things – than anything that Marvel Studios had released prior (and while he isn’t any sillier than Spider-Man, what Spidey had that he didn’t was being one of the most popular comic characters known today).

There’s even something about the name. ‘Ant-Man.’

For some reason people are more afraid of spiders than ants, which isn’t quite fair because there’s some truly terrifying varieties of the former out there.

A bulldog ant

Meet the bulldog ant, which has reportedly caused the death of three people since 1936, most recently a Victorian farmer in 1988, and listed in the Guinness Book of World Records as the world’s most dangerous ant.

It’s not only extremely aggressive, but isn’t afraid of humans and can inject venom numerous times, while holding on to prey with huge mandibles.

It’s sting has known to be fatal to humans (based on the article I’m unsure if that refers to single or multiple stings though if it could cause anaphylaxis would be all that’s needed).

It goes without saying that more than a few of these dangerous critters hail from Australia, a land seemingly designed to be as inhospitable to humans as possible.

In terms of sheer body count three isn’t much – unless, it goes without saying, you or someone you know died in such a manner – though that’s not even mentioning the other varieties, like army, bullet, jumper and fire ants.

And that’s not to say that there aren’t species of spider that have killed people, but I’m willing to wager that most people take it for granted in their case (which also isn’t fair to spiders, most of which are harmless to people, like most ants for that matter).

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