Who is Marvel’s Darren Cross aka Yellowjacket?

With all of the speculation surrounding  The Avengers: Age of Ultron,  I thought I’d take some time to talk more about Marvel’s upcoming movie,  Ant-Man.  We all have an idea of who Ant-Man is (at least some people do), and the die-hard Marvel fans know who the Wasp is (not yet confirmed in the film).  But, does anyone know something about the protagonist in the upcoming  Ant-Man  film?  That character is non-other than Yellowjacket.  My guess is probably not.  Allow me to shed a little bit of light on this super-villain.

Who is Yellowjacket you may ask?  Well, his real name is Darren Cross and he will be played in the film by Corey Stoll.  Cross is a rather intriguing character to the  Ant-Man  universe.  Cross is Hank Pym’s former protégé who eventually takes over Pym’s technologically advanced company and acquires the Ant-Man equipment allowing him to construct his newly reformed Yellowjacket suit.

In an interview at this past summer’s comic-con, Stoll gave us some much needed information on the character of Darren Cross aka Yellowjacket as well as details on the suit.  Stoll stated (about the suit) that “Darren Cross… has a suit that is sort of the next generation of Ant-Man’s suit. It can do everything that Ant-Man can do, but more. It’s more badass, more militaristic, sleeker… sort of like if Apple had designed a battle suit.”

Stoll also gave his take on the character stating, “He is not a villain in the vein of Thanos or Loki, who are villains that know it. [Cross] is a guy who is not that dissimilar from Michael Douglas’ character, Hank Pym. He’s a brilliant scientist who is not ethically pure. I think a great thing about the whole movie is that everybody in this movie is in those shades of gray a little bit.”

If you want to watch the interview click the video down below:

A much different take on Darren Cross can be found in the comics.  Thanks to Marvel’s Wikia page, I was able to research some more information about this comic book character.  One of the things I found interesting was that Cross ran a company named C.T.E. (Cross Technological Enterprises).  He was one of the bigger competitors to rival that of Hank Pym’s corporate enterprise.

   

However, everything came crashing down on Cross when he was later diagnosed with a rare heart condition.  Cross had to act fast before being succumbed to this deadly situation.  While taking advantage of his technology, Cross was able to construct a “nucleorganic pacemaker” which could potentially save his life.  It worked, but only for a short period of time.  This pacemaker began to generate unfortunate consequences for Cross.  His body began to mutate which in turn gave him staggering capabilities.  His heart however would not be able to generate enough blood throughout his entire body.  Thus Cross had no choice but to receive a heart transplant every so often.  To read more visit here.

Cross became a major Ant-Man villain and has fought him numerous times in the comics.  The film version will not be a mutated Cross, but rather a man who was let go by Pym who is now seeking revenge to get his hands on the technology once again.  I am highly excited for this film even though we still have  Avengers: Age of Ultron  to look forward to.

Are you excited for Marvel’s  Ant-Man  movie?  Are you also curious to learn more about the villain that is Yellowjacket?  Share your thoughts in the comment section below!

Ant-Man  will fly into theaters July 17, 2015.

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