Paul Rudd’s Giant-Man powers have a major drawback, according to a new book from Marvel.
The book, titled Look Out for the Little Guy!, is written by Scott Lang himself, the MCU hero who can shrink and grow using the Pym Particle.
In the book, Scott Lang reveals the one big problem that he faces when he uses his growing powers as Giant-Man: it puts a lot of stress on his nervous system and makes him dizzy.
He answers a fan question in the book, saying:
“To be perfectly honest, that’s one of those Hank Pym questions that I hate to ask him, because he takes everything as a critique: ‘Oh, so it doesn’t get big enough for you now? Why do you need to be bigger?'”
“But seriously, from what I’ve experienced, self-enlargement is something any user of the Ant-Man or Wasp suit needs to be really careful with. For a variety of reasons, it takes a big toll on the human body. Or at least mine. For one thing, going big puts a strain on my nervous system. So if my size hits a certain threshold, I start to see things, like, specifically, the ground coming toward me, Fast!”
This explains why Scott Lang often loses his balance and falls down when he becomes Giant-Man in the movies. He first used his growing powers in Captain America: Civil War, where he helped the Avengers fight each other at the airport. He also used them in Avengers: Endgame, where he smashed some alien ships during the final battle.
The book also suggests that Hope van Dyne’s Wasp suit has the same ability to grow as well as shrink, but she has never used it on screen. Maybe she prefers to fly when she is small and avoid the side effects of growing too big.
Scott Lang also claims in his book that he can make his body as large as the Empire State Building, but that is probably an exaggeration. The biggest he has ever been seen in the movies is about 65 feet tall.
Fans of Scott Lang and Hope van Dyne can watch their latest adventure in Ant-Man and the Wasp: Quantumania, which is now available on Disney+. They can also look forward to What If…? Season 2, which will feature Bill Foster’s version of Giant-Man in an alternate reality.