Originally Posted by Ant-manic
actually, he was part of the Big 3 (Captain America, Thor, and Iron Man). if he's C-list, i don't even want to know what Pym was considered to be.
He was a C-lister for the general audience, who might've known of his existence but that didn't necessarily make him a household name, like he now is.
I'm not claiming Pym is as popular as Stark was before the movies or that he will get to Iron Man status after being in his own movie. My point is that if you give a character his own time to shine, without being obscured by another who already has the limelight, then that character will grow in popularity.
Another, perhaps more appropriate example, is Blade. He was even more obscure to the GA than even Pym, yet his solo movie was successful enough to usher 2 sequels and revitalize the CB movie industry.