it’s really weird to be a person who supports hank pym who is also a person with bipolar and also a victim of domestic violence
i should hate him, i should be president of the “this man is a bad man” club, but i can’t
i can’t forgive him or forget how he hurt jan, but i also can’t turn my back on the first accurate and positive representation of myself in the entire comics medium
i’ve been reading comic books for half my life now, and this is the first time i’ve seen myself in them
don’t get so excited over hating him that you throw away what he represents to a lot of very underrepresented people
because yes, he’s a white cis hetero male, but he’s also disabled
he is disability representation, and even if it’s super neato cool to hate him, don’t fucking hate what he means. don’t erase his disability, because last i checked, there aren’t enough disabled superheroes to throw away every one that it’s socially cool to unquestionably shit on
hank pym gets more shit than fucking batman, and batman goes around fucking beating the shit out of mentally disabled people
why is it more acceptable to hurt disabled people than it is to be one?
Side note: the ways in which a corporate-owned character changes based on the writer is perhaps never more clear than with Hank Pym.
it’s hard for me to get on the current anti-hank pym train because yeah, he’s done a lot of bad shit in the past (but name one superhero who hasn’t oh wait you can’t because they’re all extreme versions of regular real humans)
but like, he is canon bipolar
in an actual comic, hank pym is a superhero who openly has a severe mental illness, that the comics show that he is working on managing in a realistic and compassionate way
so yeah fuck hank pym of the past who did bad shit, fuck ultimates hank pym who is such a terrible character than even thinking about how he’s written is triggering
but when you say fuck hank pym over and over and over, without mentioning that his current person is a person who has been diagnosed with a highly stigmatized mental illness, you’re also sneakily saying fuck everyone who has a severe mental illness, fuck everyone who struggles to manage them with normal stresses and bullshit, let alone the unimaginable stresses and bullshit that come with being a major superhero in a super fucked up comic book world
i’m not saying disregard the fact that he beat jan, i’m not saying that we should throw a celebration for his ultimates counterpart (who does not have bipolar and is just a horrible abusive man), i’m just saying that this entire echo chamber of FUCK HANK PYM that came out after ant-man was announced feels a whole lot like FUCK THE BAD CRAZIES
being bipolar doesn’t excuse his past, but samhumphries take on hank in avengers ai, and his accurate and actually fucking kind view of bipolar disorder and how it take your day to day life and turns it into a series of mazes and puzzles that you can’t solve, is really important. he doesn’t try to erase anything that hank did, but he shows that there’s more to a person’s mental illness than holding them forever and eternally accountable for things.
this version of hank pym is incredibly important, he is a very important piece of representation of people who, in this medium, are normally ignored or thrown under the bus by being cast as villains and trash you wouldn’t spit on if it paid you money to do it.
fuck the bad things hank pym has done. fuck the fact that marvel is doing another series of movies featuring nondisabled white dude main characters.
but don’t say fuck hank pym without also acknowledging that you’re saying “fuck people with mental illnesses that i don’t understand” and “fuck people who really fucking need someone to understand and support them”
i’m bipolar. i’ve been unmedicated and over-stressed, and let me fucking tell you, if i had superpowers? i would have done worse things than hank ever could. this illness, this fucking disease? it owns you. no matter how hard you try, sometimes it’s going to win. and when you finally beat it back, you’re not going to like who you were or what you did. and that’s the reality of it, and that’s the reality that this comic series shows.
I’m sympathetic to the concern that none of this will be handled well within the MCU. And I’m sympathetic to “fuck Hank Pym” within this context and awareness, because of course, as you say, none of this “forgives” his violence against Jan. That said, this is really crucial context.