Thanks to the MCU, he went from being a big pink monster to the latest Yellowjacket. Introduced in Marvel Premiere #47 (1979) by David Michelinie and John Byrne, Darren Cross was a self-made millionaire who discovered he had a rare heart condition. He had a special pacemaker insult in his heart but this caused his body to grow larger and turn pink. He tried to get another heart by using people living on the streets but each failed to prevent his condition and would then cause him to get another heart. He would later kidnapped the surgeon, Dr. Erica Sondheim, to cure him. However, Scott Lang’s daughter, Cassie, also needed her to perform a surgery and save her life. After stealing the Ant-man suit, Lang tried to rescue the doctor. There, he encounter Cross and they fought but Cross fell dues to his heart condition.
He was believed dead for many, many years but was actually still alive thanks to his son. His son kidnapped the doctor again and then kidnapped Cassie. The Doctor was forced to transfer Cassie’s heart into Cross. They were rescued by Lang but Cross was revived. However, thanks to the Pym Particles in Cassie’s blood, he couldn’t control his shrinking. When Power Broker designed an villain-for-hire app called Hench, Cross got Machinesmith (now working for Ant-man’s security firm) to hack the app and create Cross’s own version, Lackey. Angry, Broker tricked Cassie, who had lost her power due to the transplate and wanting to regain powers again, into sneaking into Cross Industries to stop Cross. But Ant-man prevented this and was arrested for breaking and entering. Cross found out about a mirco-lab existing on Ant-man helmet and teamed up with Egghead to raid it. There he was strangely drawn to a new suit designed by Pym, called the Yellowjacket. During Ant-man’s trail, he grew in the court room and attacked Ant-man but was defeated.
Until his appearance in the first Ant-man movie, Cross’s only known appearance was in the first ever Scott Lang story. He wasn’t seen again until he was announced as the main villain for the movie, where he was revived for the comics and designed to be similar to the movie. While we haven’t gotten a completely comic book accurate version, the MCU version is quite similar to the comic version.
Astonishing Ant-man’s Yellowjacket
Recommend Figure: Hasbro Marvel Legends MCU 10th Anniversary Ant-man set Yellowjacket with Ant-man
- This is the suit that Cross came across when he shrunk down with Egghead and snuck into Pym’s lab that was located on Ant-man’s helmet. He was strangely drawn to the suit and put it on and attack Ant-man during his trail. As you can see it was mainly a comic book design of the MCU version.
- Why you need it for your collection?:
- As you can see, this figure is not the same as the comic book version, but it is very close to it. Unless you hate the MCU, this will work as a great stand in for the comic version. However, you should only get him if you are building your Ant-man collection
- Does it need a remake?:
- No but if they want to do a comic book version, that would be great.
Below you will find a gallery of suits that still need to be made. I have included what I think are the possibilities of them being made. Note that these are my personal opinions and not fact. Please let me know if I have missed anything.
David Michelinie | John Byrne