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GIANT-MAN

Real Name: Raz Malhotra

Identity/Class: Human mutate

Occupation: Scientist; former consultant at Ant-Man Security Solutions; former agent of Techbusters

Group Membership: Agents of Atlas (Gorilla-Man/Ken Hale, Human Robot, Namora, 3-D Man/Delroy Garrett, Uranian/Robert Grayson, Venus, Jimmy Woo), Agents of Atlas (Aero, Brawn/Amadeus Cho, Crescent, Io, Luna Snow, Mr. Lao, Shang-Chi, Silk/Cindy Moon, Sword Master, Wave, White Fox, Jimmy Woo);
formerly Underground (Ant-Man/Scott Lang, Black Widow/Natasha Romanoff, Captain America/Sam Wilson, Falcon/Joaquin Torres, Hawkeye/Clint Barton, Hercules, Hulk/Amadeus Cho, Ironheart/Riri Williams, Misty Knight, Mockingbird, Patriot/Rayshaun Lucas, Quicksilver, Shang-Chi, Spider-Man/Miles Morales, Tony Stark AI, Thing/Ben Grimm, Tigra, Viv Vision, Wasp/Nadia Pym, Wonder Man/Simon Williams)

Affiliations: Agents of Atlas, Ant-Man (Scott Lang), Atlas (Erik Josten), Beetle (Janice Lincoln), Ulysses Cain, Giant-Man (Hank Pym), Goliath (Tom Foster), Grizzly (Maxwell Markham), Hijacker, Infinaut, Inhumans (Barf, Iso, Naja), Machinesmith (Samuel Saxon), Magician, Miss Patriot, Ms. Thing (Darla Deering), Moonstone (Karla Sofen), Namor (Namor McKenzie), Mike Nguyen, Pan Guard, Protector (Isaac Ikeda), Stinger (Cassie Lang), Ultimates (Black Panther/T'Challa, Blue Marvel/Adam Brashear, Captain Marvel/Carol Danvers, Miss America/America Chavez, Spectrum/Monica Rambeau), the Voice (Jason Cragg), the Warriors (Devil Dinosaur, Inferno, Karnak, Moon Girl, Ms. Marvel/Kamala Khan, Quake), Whirlwind (David Cannon)

Enemies: A.I.Vengers (Beast, Captain America, Hawkeye, Iron Man, Ms. Marvel, Thor, Wonder Man), Blacklash (female), Egghead (Elihas Starr), Frost Giants, Hulk (Bruce Banner), Hydra, Ice Giants, Ice Hounds, Power Broker, Rommbu, Unicorn (Milos Masaryk), Wyverns, Ymir

Known Relatives: Mr. Malhotra (father), Mrs. Malhotra (mother), Preeti Malhotra (sister), Swapna Malhotra (sister)

Aliases: None

Base of Operations: Miami, Florida;
   formerly San Francisco, California

First Appearance: (Raz Malhotra) Ant-Man Annual I#1 (September, 2015); (Giant-Man) Astonishing Ant-Man I#4 (March, 2016)

Powers/Abilities: Giant-Man, using Pym Particles, can grow to giant-size, increasing his strength, weight, and durability exponentially the larger he grows. Giant-Man can also shrink to ant-size, and presumably to microscopic size, and has worn special armor to increase his powers as he grew to macro-size. Raz Malhotra is a trained scientist, specializing in robotics and biochemistry, and has shown the ability to modify individual Pym Particles.

Height: Variable
Weight: Variable
Eyes: Brown
Hair: Black

History:

(Secret Empire: Brave New World#1/2 (fb) - BTS) - Mr. and Mrs. Malhotra immigrated to Denver, Colorado, from India to start a new life for their family, and had three children, Raz, Preeti, and Swapna. In time, Raz would get a degree in artificial intelligence and then relocate to San Francisco with his boyfriend.

(Ant-Man Annual I#1 (fb)) - Months ago, in San Francisco, Raz Malhotra was hired by Egghead for technical support through his job with Techbusters. Egghead had read Raz's college dissertation, "Breakthroughs in Moral Paradigms for Artificial Intelligence". Raz confessed he had hoped for a career in robotics, but Hank Pym's reversal on the issue had led Raz to struggle in finding work. Offering a chance for revenge against Hank Pym, Egghead enticed Raz to help activate the A.I.Vengers, robotic duplicates of an old Avengers team, and used mind-control technology on him. Soon Giant-Man (Hank Pym) and Ant-Man (Scott Lang) arrived and freed Raz, who turned the robots against Egghead. Raz was fired from Techbusters.

(Ant-Man Annual I#1) - While Raz was looking for jobs, and preparing to go with his boyfriend to meet friends Mike and Sunny, he received a package from Ant-Man containing a Giant-Man suit.

(Astonishing Ant-Man I#4) - In his first outing as Giant-Man, Raz sought to stop Unicorn after a heist, but fell into a bridge, embarassing himself.

(Astonishing Ant-Man I#5 (fb) - BTS) - Giant-Man battled Rommbu, not realizing he was being protected by environmentalists, and he damaged more property, further angering the public.

(Astonishing Ant-Man I#5) - Giant-Man was trained by Ant-Man at small size in a Lego village, then they went to a conference held by the new Power Broker, and battled the new female Blacklash before she defeated them and helped Power Broker escape. Ant-Man invited Giant-Man to Miami for a few months, to work on the tech in Hank Pym's old lab, including a Vis-drone (phasible surveillance technology).

(Astonishing Ant-Man I#7) - Now on the team of Ant-Man Security Solutions, Giant-Man went with Machinesmith and Grizzly to help Miss Patriot at the Valhalla Villas.

(Ultimates I#3) - Giant-Man aided the Ultimates in equipping their ship with Pym Particles, using his knowledge of robotics and biochemistry to program the Particles.

(Mockingbird I#5) - Giant-Man appeared in a brief gathering of super heroes.

(Astonishing Ant-Man I#9) - Despite the criminal nature of it, Giant-Man agreed to help Ant-Man break into Cross Technological Enterprises. He met the assembled team, some of them criminals: Ms. Thing, Beetle, Hijacker, Whirlwind, the Magician, and the Voice. In the heist, Giant-Man and Ms. Thing pretended to do an inspection and instead knocked out the power.

(Astonishing Ant-Man I#10) - Ant-Man was captured and Stinger met with Giant-Man and the others. The villains all fled, but Giant-Man attacked Cross Technological Enterprises with Ms. Thing, Stinger, Machinesmith, and Grizzly.

(Ultimates I#9) - Ulysses Cain predicted an alternate future to the Ultimates, who recruited Giant-Man in building a Pym Particle Accelator with the Ultimates to fight the Infinaut and avert the future. Equipped with Black Panther enhanced armor, Giant-Man grew to massive size and pulled the Infinaut to Earth, helping save him.

(Astonishing Ant-Man I#13) - While off in space with the Ultimates, Giant-Man testified at the trial of Ant-Man over satellite feed, but the connection was lost.

(Occupy Avengers I#8) - Giant-Man was among the Underground, preparing for battle with Hydra.

(Captain America IX#25) - As part of the Underground, Giant-Man helped liberate the Inhumans from a concentration camp, and saw a Cosmic Cube Fragment obtained.

(Secret Empire: Brave New World#1/2) - Returning from space, where he did tech support for the Ultimates, Giant-Man discovered that his boyfriend had moved on and Ant-Man Security Solutions had shut down. Machinesmith and Grizzly let him crash on their couch for a time, draining his savings, but they kicked him out when they went north. Taking the bus back to his home town of Denver, Raz found the city overrun by Hydra, and he called Ant-Man to find out what was going on. At his home, he saw his family: Mr. and Mrs. Malhotra, and his sisters Preeti and Swapna, being harassed by Hydra agents. As Giant-Man, Raz fought off Hydra, then he got his family with him to safety, picked up by Ant-Man and the Wasp (Nadia Pym).

(Secret Empire I#1) - From the Underground's secret base at the Mount in Nevada, Giant-Man greeted Rayshaun Lucas, and took him to the Tony Stark A.I.. The city of Las Vegas was later razed by Hydra.

(Secret Empire I#2) - Giant-Man was among the Underground, who split into different groups, some planning to kill Captain America and some to retrieve the Cosmic Cube fragments.

(Secret Empire: Brave New World#2/1) - Giant-Man interacted with the Underground.

(Secret Empire I#5) - Giant-Man built a time capsule, with the help of a self-designed artificial intelligence, to carry a message to the future to ask for help in defeating Hydra, hoping someone would come back in time to help. Then Hydra attacked.

(Secret Empire I#6) - When the Underground broke out fighting, realizing there was a traitor in their mix, Giant-Man exposed a lie that the Tony Stark A.I. had told the others, then Ant-Man exposed himself as the traitor. Hydra used the Hulk to break down the Mount, defeating the Underground. As the Underground rushed to escape, Giant-Man released a team of robot Avengers, or A.I.Vengers, he had programmed to hold off Hydra.

(Secret Empire I#7) - Giant-Man, among the Underground, heard about the death of Black Widow in a battle with Hydra.

(Secret Empire I#8) - Giant-Man and Rayshaun Lucas buried the time capsule in the Arizona Desert.

(Secret Warriors II#5) - The Underground arrived to help the Warriors liberate New Attilan and the Inhumans from Hydra.

(Secret Empire I#9) - Giant-Man joined the Underground and many other heroes in final battle against Hydra.

(Secret Empire I#10) - Hydra was finally defeated.

(Giant-Man I#1 (fb) - BTS) - When Malhotra returned from Miami, his boyfriend Kyle broke up with him.

(Giant-Man I#1 (fb) - BTS) - Malhotra was recruited by Freyja to join a team of giant men. She sent them to Florida to kill Ymir during the War of the Realms.

(Giant-Man I#1) - Malhotra met up with Ant-Man (Scott Lang), Goliath (Tom Foster), and Atlas (Erik Josten). After comparing their giant sizes, they disguised themselves as Frost Giants. Interacting with real giants, they saw several humans enslaved, then ended up running from Ice Hounds, only to hit a giant ice wall covered in skeletons.

(Giant-Man I#2) - Ant-Man, Giant-Man, Goliath, and Atlas escaped from the Ice Hounds over the wall. Later, Ant-Man told them about his missing daughter, Cassie Lang. The next day, at another patrol of Frost Giants, they got the group drunk before starting a bar fight to get away. Realizing the scope of their mission, to destroy Ymir, they fell asleep, but built a small fire to keep warm. An Ice Hound pursued the team, but they fled, soon arriving at Ymir’s stronghold, where they realized they might die in the mission.

(Giant-Man I#3) - At human size, Ant-Man, Giant-Man, Goliath, and Atlas scaled the walls into Ymir’s stronghold, where they found many women being put to work carving out pieces of the sick Ymir to become new Ice Giants (godlike, superior to Frost Giants). Atlas recognized Moonstone there, and she admitted having made a deal with Laufey to protect all the women of Florida. Stinger (Cassie Lang) revealed herself, hugging Ant-Man. Moonstone chose to turn against the Giants in the end. As they debated what to do with Ymir, Malhotra chose to set him free.

(Agents of Atlas III#1) – At the Pan-Asian School for the Unusually Gifted, Giant-Man saw a mysterious portal open up connecting Asian neighborhoods from all around the world in one collective neighborhood called Pan. Joining together with the Agents of Atlas, Giant-Man heard Mike Nguyen of the Big Nguyen Company address the public about Pan then the Protector of Pan joined with the heroes as a group of Wyverns attacked.

(Agents of Atlas III#2) – Giant-Man helped battle the Wyverns and officially joined the Agents of Atlas. Nguyen offered all of the heroes lifetime access to Pan and the heroes later feasted at the Pan-Asian School for the Unusually Gifted.

(Future First Fights: Crescent and Io#1) – Giant-Man interacted with the Agents of Atlas.

(Agents of Atlas III#3 (fb) – BTS) – Raz started flirting with Isaac Ikeda, the Protector of Pan.

(Agents of Atlas III#3) – Giant-Man and Ikeda joined the Agents of Atlas and the Pan Guard in repelling giant serpents and iguanas from Pan then he saw refugees accepted there. Giant-Man invited Ikeda back the Agents' headquarters with him and they became better acquainted, though Ikeda remained evasive about himself. Giant-Man and Ikeda held hands in Pan as they walked.

(Agents of Atlas III#4) – When the Agents of Atlas had a conflict with the Pan Guard, Brawn asked Giant-Man to look into Ikeda. Raz found Ikeda fighting faulty Pan tanks in Vancouver and helped him destroy them then he asked Ikeda directly about his motivations. Raz and Ikeda admitted their attraction to each other. After they shared their first kiss, Mike Nguyen used images of the kiss to advertise the possibilities of romance in Pan.

(Marvel's Voices#1/5) - Giant-Man attended a gathering of LGBT heroes to celebrate gay icons.

(Atlantis Attacks#1) - Giant-Man and Protector walked happily through the streets of Pan until Namor attacked. Giant-Man and Protector joined the Agents of Atlas in fighting back against Namor, and Namor agreed to give them one day to make things right. Then Jimmy Woo showed up with his original Agents of Atlas.

(Atlantis Attacks#2) - Giant-Man and Protector helped fortify Pan for another attack.

(Atlantis Attacks#3) - After hearing how the Atlantean dragon had been released, but it had been weaponized to attack Atlantis, Giant-Man and the others realized that Mike Nguyen and his allies the Sirenas were behind the attack. With Namor now captured, the heroes discussed how to handle things moving forward. Protector chose to side with the Sirenas in attacking Atlantis, causing Giant-Man to worry, but Namor freed himself first.

(Atlantis Attacks#4) - Giant-Man attacked Namor, who turned his attention on Protector and his guns, knocking them back with a water attack. The conflict escalated when Mike Nguyen was revealed as the man behind it, and he put a control disc on Brawn to force him to fight the others.

(Atlantis Attacks#5) - Giant-Man and the others fought Brawn until he was released. As tensions between Atlantis and the Sirenas settled, the Agents of Atlas defended Pan against a tidal wave, and Nguyen was killed. A month later, Giant-Man helped rebuild Pan, which was now recognized as an independent nation.

Comments: Created by Nick Spencer (writer), Brent Schoonover, Ramon Rosanas (artists).

Profile by Chadman

CLARIFICATIONS:
Giant-Man should not be confused with


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Astonishing Ant-Man I#5, p9, pan 2 (main image)
Ant-Man Annual I#1, p13, pan4 (without mask)
Ultimates I#9, p8, pan3 (in enhanced armor)
Giant-Man I#1, p20, pan3 (Frost Giant costume)


Appearances:
Ant-Man Annual I#1 (September, 2015) - Nick Spencer (writer), Brent Schoonover, Ramon Rosanas (artists), Wil Moss (editor)
Astonishing Ant-Man I#4-5 (March, 2016) - Nick Spencer (writer), Ramon Rosanas (artist), Wil Moss (editor)
Astonishing Ant-Man I#7 (April, 2016) - Nick Spencer (writer), Ramon Rosanas (artist), Wil Moss (editor)
Ultimates I#3 (March, 2016) - Al Ewing (writer), Kenneth Rocafort (artist), Wil Moss (editor)
Mockingbird I#5 (September, 2016) - Chelsea Cain (writer), Ibrahim Moustafa (artist), Katie Kubert (editor)
Astonishing Ant-Man I#9-10 (August-September, 2016) - Nick Spencer (writer), Ramon Rosanas (artist), Wil Moss (editor)
Ultimates I#9 (September, 2016) - Al Ewing (writer), Kenneth Rocafort (artist), Wil Moss (editor)
Astonishing Ant-Man I#13 (December, 2016) - Nick Spencer (writer), Brent Schoonover, Ramon Rosanas (artists), Wil Moss (editor)
Occupy Avengers#8 (August, 2017) - David F. Walker (writer), Martin Morazzo, Jorge Coelho (artists), Tom Brevoort, Darren Shan (editors)
Captain America IX#25 (August, 2017) - (Nick Spencer (writer), Jesus Saiz, Joe Bennett, Joe Pimentel (artists), Tom Brevoort (editor)
Secret Empire: Brave New World#1/2 (July, 2017) - Jeremy Whitley (writer), Diego Olortegui (artist), Charles Beacham (editor)
Secret Empire I#1 (July, 2017) - Nick Spencer (writer), Steve McNiven (penciler), Jay Leisten (inker), Tom Brevoort (editor)
Secret Empire I#2 (July, 2017) - Nick Spencer (writer), Andrea Sorrentino, Rod Reis (artists), Tom Brevoort (editor)
Secret Empire: Brave New World#2/1 (August, 2017) - Rodney Barnes (writer), Juan M. Frigeri (artist), Charles Beacham (editor)
Secret Empire I#5 (August, 2017) - Nick Spencer (writer), Andrea Sorrentino, Rod Reis (artists), Tom Brevoort (editor)
Secret Empire I#6 (August, 2017) - Nick Spencer (writer), Leinil Francis Yu (penciler), Gerry Alanguilan (inker), Tom Brevoort (editor)
Secret Empire I#7 (September, 2017) - Nick Spencer (writer), Andrea Sorrentino, Rod Reis (artists), Tom Brevoort (editor)
Secret Empire I#8 (September, 2017) - Nick Spencer (writer), Daniel Acuna (penciler), Rod Reis, Sean Izaakse (inkers), Tom Brevoort (editor)
Secret Empire I#9 (September, 2017) - Nick Spencer (writer), Leinil Francis Yu, Joe Bennett (pencilers), Gerry Alanguilan, Joe Pimentel (inkers), Tom Brevoort (editor)
Secret Empire I#10 (September, 2017) - Nick Spencer (writer), Steve McNiven (penciler), Jay Leisten (inker), Tom Brevoort (editor)
Secret Warriors II#5 (November, 2017) - Matthew Rosenberg (writer), Javier Garron (artist), Wil Moss (editor)
Giant-Man I#1-3 (June-August, 2019) - Leah Williams (writer), Marco Castello (artist), Nick Lowe (editor)

Agents of Atlas III#1 (October, 2019) – Greg Pak (writer), Nico Leon (penciler), Mark Paniccia (editor)
Agents of Atlas III#2 (November, 2019) – Greg Pak (writer), Nico Leon, Pop Mhan (artists), Mark Paniccia (editor)
Future First Fights: Crescent & Io#1 (January, 2020) – Alyssa Wong (writer), Jon Lam (artist), Mark Paniccia (editor)
Agents of Atlas III#3 (December, 2019) – Greg Pak (writer), Nico Leon (artist), Mark Paniccia (editor)
Agents of Atlas III#4 (January, 2020) – Greg Pak (writer), Nico Leon, Pop Mhan (artists), Mark Paniccia (editor)
Marvel's Voices#1/5 (May, 2020) - Lucciano Vecchio (writer/artist), Chris Robinson (editor)
Atlantis Attacks#1 (March, 2020)- Greg Pak (writer), Ario Anindito (artist), Mark Paniccia (editor)
Atlantis Attacks#2-3 (April-May, 2020) - Greg Pak (writer), Ario Anindito, Robert Gill (artists), Mark Paniccia (editor)
Atlantis Attacks#4-5 (January-February, 2021) - Greg Pak (writer), Ario Anindito, Robert Gill (artists), Mark Paniccia (editor)


First Posted: 02/09/2017
Last updated: 12/12/2020

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