Ant-Man vs. Atom – Marvel vs. DC #18

Welcome! My name is Olaf Lesniak and this is Marvel vs DC! The series that will come out weekly on Saturdays and will pit two famous characters against each other. I will look at both opponents’ skills, powers, abilities, stamina and etc. to help me determine the winner. Today our battle is….

Ant-Man vs. Atom

First we will look at the origins and the basics of each character. We will follow that by Ant-Man  and Atom’s powers and abilities which would then lead them into a battle against each other.

Origin: Ant-Man (Hank Pym)

Professor Henry “Hank” Pym discovered the Pym Particles that allow its user to change size. Hank decided to become the first Ant-Man (and later million other hero personas) to be an everyday hero.
• Identity: Ant-Man/Giant-Man/Goliath/Yellowjacket/Wasp
• Alter Ego: Henry “Hank’’ Pym
• Occupation(s): Superhero, scientist
• Team Affiliations: Avengers, Avengers A.I., Defenders

Hank Pym’s Identity History

Origin: Atom

Ray Palmer was an atomic scientist working with white dwarf star matter in order to shrink objects. During a wilderness expedition he was trapped in a cave when a tunnel collapsed. With his life at stake Ray improvised and used his white dwarf star that he made into a lens to help him. After a long time of tinkering with it he was able to shrink himself and escape. When Ray returned home he decided to peruse his work as a superhero, Atom!
• Identity: Atom
• Alter Ego: Ray Palmer
• Occupation(s): Superhero, scientist
• Team Affiliations: Justice League

Powers & Abilities: Ant-Man (Hank Pym)

• Shrinking – strength remains the same as in regular size; can also shrink other objects/people
• Commandment of Ants
• Growing – 100 ft. (max size) allows him to lift over 100 tons; can enlarge other objects/people
• Scientist- 2nd smartest person on the planet; biochemist; expertise in robotics, artificial intelligence, and sub-atomic physics
• Trained in Judo


Powers & Abilities: Atom

• Shrinking to a Size of an Atom – retains his strength, but can become weightless to allow him to glide on breezes; shrink other objects/people for an hour
• Technological Travel – through wires at speed of electricity
• Scientist – physician; traveled to Superman’s bloodstream to rearrange his blood molecules and created Kryptonite

The battlefield is an arena where there is no escape. We will go with the version of Hank Pym before the events of Avengers: Rage of Ultron and he is only able to use his Ant-Man/Giant-Man personas. Let the battle begin!


Atom and Ant-Man run at each other. Right before contact Atom shrinks and toggles Ant-Man down. Right after that remark Ant-Man shrinks down to Atom’s size. Both men begin to attack! Hank Pym throws his punch first, Ray Palmer dodges it and punches Henry in the face. Hank Pym does know Judo, but it doesn’t mean he specializes in it. It gives him a slight advantage in fighting, but not by much.

Ant-Man vs. Atom


Hank Pym utilizes his ant communicator to call on the ants to help him. Hank Pym jumps on an ant and begins to attack Atom with his colony. Atom sees this so he begins to fly in order to get away from them as he can float on air. He dodges a couple of ants in mid-air, attacks some, but eventually he gets hit by them. Ray Palmer falls to the ground. Hank Pym lands and walks toward hurt Ray. Palmer is surrender by the army of ants circling around him. Atom gets up and Hank punches him in the face. Hank tries to pull back on his attacks as he isn’t the violent kind. Ant-Man screams, “Surrender!” This is where Ray Palmer shrinks down to an atom and jumps into Hank’s helmet to destroy his ant communicator and then he jumps out of there. All ants are no longer in the control of Hank Pym.

Ant-Man runs straight at Atom! He undercuts him by punching him under in the jaw! While he punched Atom from under, in the jaw, at that moment he also enlarged himself and Ray. Ray in his regular size is stunned, Hank uses this time to become Giant-Man! He grows 50 ft. tall and kicks Ray sending him flying. Ray has a broken arm, but he has had enough and sees no other way. Giant-Man tries to stomp Ray, but Atom quickly shrinks and leaps on Hank’s lap. Then he leaps at Hank’s shoulder then into his nose! Giant-Man doesn’t know what to do! He’s clueless! This where Hank Pym falls down to the ground, this is where he loses. He seems dead, but it is unknown if he is still alive. A huge sound of silence comes to the battlefield and a minute later Atom comes out, out of Hank’s head and says, “Let’s not do that again.”


Now you would think Hank Pym would’ve won thanks to his Ant-Man and Giant-Man personalities, that give him two abilities, but we have to look at something more than just power. During the battle Hank Pym had many chances to finish off Atom like when Ray was surrounded by all the ants, or when Henry kicked Palmer. Ray Palmer survived that kick meaning Hank Pym must’ve held back his strength. You see, Hank Pym’s morals are very complicated as he doesn’t wanna murder anyone, which is why he was holding himself back. Professor Pym also deals with bi-polar disorder and that makes him unpredictable at times which is why he later wanted to stomp over Atom! Bi-polar disorder makes Hank very uneven in the battlefield giving Professor Palmer many open opportunities.

Now let’s talk Atom. If he wanted to he could’ve killed Hank when he jumped into his helmet, but Atom doesn’t kill until last resort which is why he MAYBE did it at the end. I guess we’ll never know if he killed Hank or not. I also need to say that Hank Pym was always the unsuccessful one when it came to fighting crime and that his at the time wife, Janet was the one who defeated all the villains successfully. Hank even created a bad guy to attack the Avengers (to prove himself), so that he would be the only one to know how to defeat the enemy and he even failed at that. Sorry Hank, but if the morals were off you would’ve probably won, but then that wouldn’t be a real battle between the characters, now would it?

Winner: ATOM

Atom Wins!!!


Thank you for reading this installment of Marvel vs DC. Do you agree with the result? What are some next battles that you would wanna see me analyze? Give me all suggestions, opinions and ideas in the comment section. Be sure to like, and make sure to SHARE! Thank you all once again and see you next Saturday.

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