Concept art for Ant-Man & the Wasp reveals a strange scene featuring not one, but two Giant-Men. The "Giant-Man" concept was introduced in Captain America: Civil War, a smart way of increasing the drama and scale of the airport battle. Until that point, Pym Particles had only really been used to shrink things down, and then restore them to their proper size. That twist, though, introduced a whole new idea; that things could be enlarged rather than shrunk.
Ant-Man & the Wasp revealed that Pym had experimented with this approach before. He'd been part of a project named "Goliath," in which he worked with Dr. Bill Foster. The experience of growing in size appears to put real pressure on the human body, and Foster was only able to scale up to 21 feet. Scott Lang, in contrast, managed to reach a whopping 65 feet.
But it seems there was almost another Giant-Man in Ant-Man & the Wasp - one whose size equaled Lang's. Concept art included in The Art of Ant-Man & the Wasp includes a scene in which one Giant-Man is falling, presumably collapsing under the strain of the size-change. Fortunately for the Golden Gate Bridge, another Giant-Man is on hand to catch him.
Who is the Second Giant-Man?
The image, of course, raises one obvious question: Just who is the second Giant-Man? There are really two possibilities. The first is Hank Pym himself. Pym was the first Ant-Man, after all, so perhaps at some point Marvel played with the idea of having Scott and Hank team up as fellow Giant-Men. If so, it's probably best that they ditched this idea; in Ant-Man, Pym revealed that he'd paid a price for size-changing over the course of years, and that he was concerned exposure to the Pym Particles could harm him. While Hank would be more than happy to expose himself to the Pym Particles for his beloved Janet, it's doubtful he'd do the same for Scott.
The second possibility is that Marvel actually toyed with the idea of having Bill Foster transform into Goliath. Although Foster was technically an adversary in Ant-Man & the Wasp, he was an unwilling and reluctant one, and no doubt Foster would have intervened to prevent Scott crashing into the bridge when he collapsed under the strain of the size-change. If this is indeed Bill Foster, it's interesting to note that he's equal in size to Scott.
It's impossible to say which of these is true. The image is inserted into the book almost at random, with no text appended to it in order to explain it. It seems likely this was an early piece of concept art, commissioned while the script was still in its early stages. Still, it gives a fascinating glimpse into early versions of Ant-Man & the Wasp.
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