The Punisher got his hands on Pym tech in his crusade against neo-Nazis, and his latest idea uses Ant Man tech in a truly gruesome way
Warning: Spoilers for Punisher War Diary: Blitz #1 ahead!
It’s no secret that The ant Man Hank Pym has some of the marvel universethe most volatile technology, but in the hands of The PunisherPym Tech could be used to create a weapon so deadly and bloody only Frank Castle could invent it.
The Punisher has a reputation as Marvel’s most ruthless killer, and regardless of his morals, he’s undeniably good at what he does. Since Punisher took over as head of The Hand, his killing has only become more aggressive and efficient. With a seemingly endless army of Hand assassins at his disposal, Castle fights zone after zone of combat as a ruthless general eliminating opposition wherever they arise. Alongside his army, Castle began using advanced technologies to gain the upper hand over his enemies.
In Punisher War Diary: Blitz #1, by Torunn Gronbeckk and Lan Medina, Castle and The Hand find themselves hunting down Hate-Monger, a white supremacist war profiteer, having to rip apart his citizen-killing goons in the process. Throughout the battle, Punisher uses Pym Grenades to alter the terrain, using Hank Pym’s size-altering technology to enlarge a statue to turn it into a sniper post. Although it’s a cool moment of ingenuity, Castle takes a second to think about his own application of Pym technology: bullets. Containing Pym Particles inside, the bullets pierced the skin and released the magnifying particles inside the body, causing internal organs and bones to expand – and blasting the target from the inside out. .
This weapon is utterly gruesome, enough for Punisher to even admit that it would probably be banned from Warzones (although, he remarks, “we would still use them”.) Not only does this idea highlight what that is a vicious killer Punisher, it also reminds how dangerous Pym particles can be. Hank Pym’s signature invention is simple in execution but has an endless amount of possible applications besides making the user very small or very tall. The second Ant-Man, Scott Lang, used Pym Particle canisters to alter the size of other objects, an early example of particle weaponization. Even in the MCU, where Ant-Man’s technology is often used for visual gags, the villain of Ant-Man (2015)Darren Cross, is apparently killed by being shrunken inside his Yellowjacket suit until he is finally crushed by it.
Cross’ shocking death, however, still has nothing to do with Punisher’s idea for atom manipulation technology. Frank Castle’s history as a war veteran and murderous vigilante, and his present as leader of The Hand, make Punisher a prime candidate to innovate with advanced warfare technology, similarly to Pym. was in the days of the Avengers in the 60s and 70s. In the hands of morally gray characters like those of Hank Pym The ant Man and The Punisher, it’s easy to see that Pym Particles are one of the most dangerous weapons in the marvel universe.
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