Ant-Man (Scott Lang)

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Ant-Man
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Ant-Man from the Avengers Handbook
Publication information
Publisher Marvel Comics
First appearance As Scott Lang:
Avengers #181 (March 1979)
As Ant-Man:
Marvel Premiere #47 (April 1979)
Created by David Michelinie
John Byrne
In-story information
Alter ego Scott Edward Harris Lang
Team affiliations Avengers
Fantastic Four
Heroes for Hire
Defenders
Future Foundation
Abilities Electronics expert
Uniform grants:
Size manipulation
Telepathic insect communication
Helmet with a retractable plexiglass face shield and a limited air supply
Ability to shrink to sub-microscopic size and enter the subatomic universes

Ant-Man (Scott Lang) is a fictional character featured in the American comic books published by Marvel Comics. A reformed thief and an electronics expert, he is the second superhero character to use the name Ant-Man in the Marvel Universe after Hank Pym. Paul Rudd will portray Scott Lang in the upcoming Marvel Studios films Ant-Man and Captain America: Civil War.

Publication history[edit]

Scott Lang first appeared in The Avengers #181 (March 1979) and became the second Ant-Man in Marvel Premiere #47 (April 1979).

Ant-Man appeared prominently in the 2012's FF series by Matt Fraction and Mike Allred.[1]

An ongoing series focusing on Lang, titled simply Ant-Man written by Nick Spencer and drawn by Ramon Rosanas, began in January 2015.[2]

Fictional character biography[edit]

Early life[edit]

Scott Lang was born in Coral Gables, Florida. He turned to burglary when his occupation as an electronics expert failed to support his family. Apprehended, he served his prison sentence and was paroled after three years for good behavior.

In prison, he furthered his study of electronics and was soon hired by Stark International to work in its design department. Under Tony Stark's direction, he helped install a new security system in Avengers Mansion.[3]

The second Ant-Man[edit]

When his daughter Cassie Lang became seriously ill, Scott Lang decided to return to burglary as a final resort. He broke into Dr. Hank Pym's home and stole his Ant-Man suit and shrinking gas canisters. Garbed as Ant-Man, Lang broke into Cross Technological Enterprises and discovered that Dr. Erica Sondheim, the only person capable of helping his daughter, was being held prisoner. He rescued the doctor and was relieved when Sondheim was able to save his beloved Cassie's life.

Lang had intended to return the Ant-Man suit to Pym and turn himself in for its theft but Pym, aware of the use to which Lang had put the stolen goods, offered to let him keep them, provided he only use them to uphold the law.[4]

Hero[edit]

Shortly after, Scott Lang donned the Ant-Man costume on various occasions, primarily to assist Iron Man and the Avengers. Scott came to rescue when Iron Man was trapped in the armor.[5] He also helped Yellowjacket (Hank Pym's alias at the time) attempt to rescue the Wasp captured by Dr. Parnell Solomon. Alongside the Avengers, he first battled Taskmaster.[6] He then battled Odd John's mutated insects, and encountered Biotron of the Micronauts.[7] Alongside Spider-Man, he again battled Taskmaster, exploiting Taskmaster's belief that he was Pym by using his growth capsules on one of his ants as a surprise tactic.[8] As Lang, he attempted to stop the Raiders at a Dallas electronics engineers convention.[9] He then battled the malfunctioning GARD computer security system.[10] As Lang, he aided Iron Man and Jim Rhodes against Mauler.[11] He then met the Fantastic Four, and with them first journeyed to a "micro-world", and battled there alongside the Thing.[12]

Scott was instrumental in helping Iron Man discover who possessed copies of his technology during the Armor Wars storyline.[13] He also aided the Avengers in infiltrating Taskmaster's henchmen-training facility, battling the Taskmaster alongside Hawkeye, and visited Henry Pym while he was in prison.[14] He encountered Rick Jones and Alpha Flight, and then battled Dire Wraiths alongside Rom and Starshine.[15] Scott was serving in an Avengers back-up team created when Baron Zemo's Masters of Evil took control of the Mansion and captured some of the current team; he even helped the Wasp defeat the Absorbing Man and Titania when they attacked a hospital in an attempt to kill a comatose Hercules.[16] He accidentally shrank Spider-Man and battled the Scarlet Beetle.[17] He also battled Dragonfly.[18]

Lang was even briefly hired by the Fantastic Four when Reed Richards was missing and presumed dead to serve as their technical consultant,[19] helping them deal with such foes as the Dark Raider[volume & issue needed] — an alternate psychotic Reed Richards who'd failed to save his world from Galactus — until Reed was recovered from the past where he'd been trapped thanks to Hyperstorm.[volume & issue needed] Also serving with the Fantastic Four at this time was Kristoff Vernard, the heir of Doctor Doom and himself a technical genius. Lang and Kristoff often clashed, the younger man being very arrogant and disparaging of Lang's abilities. He did, however. design a new Ant-Man outfit which Lang took full advantage of.[volume & issue needed] Much to Lang's annoyance, Kristoff also became close to his daughter Cassie who took a liking to him.

Lang later returned to form a temporary Fantastic Four with the Human Torch, She-Hulk and Namorita when the other three were temporarily trapped in the Negative Zone,[20] the team disbanding after the other team members returned.[volume & issue needed]

Lang played an important role in helping Mister Fantastic cure the Hulk was suffering from Lou Gehrig's disease; using a cure devised by Leader, Lang shrank down to microscopic size, entered Hulk's genes, and replaced the damaged genes causing the disease with healthy genes taken from the corpse of Bruce Banner's father, the energy surge released when Hulk returned to human form integrating the new genes into Hulk's system and curing of the disease.[21]

After his ex-wife Peggy Rae gained custody of their daughter, Lang accepted an offer to join the Avengers officially.[22] His personality clashed immediately with fellow Avenger Jack of Hearts. However, in Avengers vol. 3 #76, Jack helped save Cassie from a child-murderer, shortly before committing suicide by traveling into space with the murderer and exploding rather than return to the containment cells required to control his power.[23]

He also appeared in the series Alias by Brian Michael Bendis, where he dated the leading character Jessica Jones, a former costumed superhero named Jewel who left that avocation to become a private investigator.[24]

He assists her in a matter with Mattie Franklin, one of the many female heroes to take the Spider-Woman name. Assisting the duo is S.H.I.E.L.D. agent Clay Quartermain.[25] Purple Man uses his powers to make it seem as if Scott had been consumed by ants.[26]

"Death"[edit]

When Jack of Hearts reappears on the grounds of Avengers Mansion in a zombified state, Scott Lang rushes to Jack, only for Jack to blow himself up, destroying much of the mansion and seemingly killing Scott. This Jack may have been some type of "apparition" created by an insane Scarlet Witch rather than the actual Jack of Hearts, starting the crisis known as Avengers Disassembled.[27]

His daughter Cassie Lang subsequently takes the name Stature as a member of the Young Avengers, having apparently taken enough Pym particles over the years to enable Cassie to automatically grow and shrink in size whenever she wants.[28]

His Ant-Man helmet falls into Amadeus Cho's possession for a time with Cassie's blessing, choosing to focus on the insect mind-controlling abilities.[29]

Return[edit]

During the events of the limited series Avengers: The Children's Crusade, Iron Lad takes the Young Avengers and an amnesiac Wanda Maximoff into the past, back to the day that the events of Avengers Disassembled began. Here, despite Iron Lad's assurance that they could not interact, Scott Lang is hugged by his daughter, and to take him away from the zombified Jack of Hearts who is revealed to be the real Jack of Hearts under the control of an insane Scarlet Witch. When Jack explodes, the Scarlet Witch regains her memories and returns them to the present, including Scott (thus his death is retconned as having never actually happened, as he was merely taken from his time and brought forward).[30] Scott is proud that his daughter followed in his footsteps.[31] However, a subsequent battle ensues (regarding the fate of the Scarlet Witch) involving the Avengers, Young Avengers, X-Men, Magneto, X-Factor and Doctor Doom. In the course of the fight, Scott is seemingly killed by Doom, although he actually survives relatively unscathed; enraged, Cassie attacks but Doom kills Cassie, much to Scott's grief.[32]

Then, Scott joins the new Defenders team composed of Doctor Strange, Silver Surfer, Namor, Red She-Hulk, Iron Fist and Black Cat.[33]

Eventually, Lang became the second Future Foundation's leader replacing Reed Richards when the Fantastic Four went on a time travel trip.[34] Still suffering from his daughter's death, he decided to aim all the Foundation's resources towards making Dr. Doom pay for his crime; in the meantime he engaged in a romantic relationship with Darla Deering, aka Ms. Thing.[35]

After a heated battle, Scott managed to exact his revenge on Doom by gradually overwhelming and defeating him, and by having him believe he had killed Valeria Richards; he also determined the true meaning of Pym Particles, and how they operate on three distinct axes determining size, strength and durability.[36]

During the AXIS storyline, a now-heroic and repentant Doctor Doom used Scarlet Witch's powers to resurrect Cassandra Lang, seeking to atone at least one of his crimes; she turned out alive and well on Scott's doorstep.[37]

Following this, Lang moved to Miami to start a new life as well as to spend more time with his daughter.[38] Scott later established Ant-Man Security Solutions; when he was attacked by Grizzly mistaking him for Eric O'Grady unaware of the latter's death, after clearing up the misunderstanding, Scott offered Grizzly a job in the company.[39] When Cassie was kidnapped by Crossfire on behalf of Augustine Cross to use Cassie's Pym-particle irradiated heart could revive the very first villain Scott had fought, Scott was forced to turn to Grizzly and his fellow supervillain Machinesmith to infiltrate Cross' plant to save his daughter.[40]

Powers and abilities[edit]

Using a gaseous form of "Pym particles" kept in a compartment in his belt, Ant-Man had the power to shrink himself (and other people and objects along with himself) to the size of an ant and return to normal. Over time, he has acquired the ability to change size at will, seemingly without the need for the gas.[volume & issue needed] His cybernetic helmet allows rudimentary telepathic communication with insects, and is equipped with sound amplification equipment allowing normal-sized humans to hear him. The helmet also has a retractable plexiglass face shield and a limited air supply. Lang retained his normal strength in ant size.

Scott Lang can also shrink to sub-microscopic size, and thereby enter the countless "subatomic universes".

He has advanced training and expertise in electronics, having earned an electronics technician certificate, plus additional advanced electronics training he received while in prison.

Other versions[edit]

Avengers Fairy Tales[edit]

Scott Lang is seen in the "Alice in Wonderland" issue of Avengers Fairy Tales, where he is the Caterpillar as a representation of Cassie's dead father.[volume & issue needed]

House of M[edit]

In House of M, Scott Lang is depicted dating Jessica Jones.[volume & issue needed]

MC2[edit]

In the MC2 universe, Scott Lang had retired from being Ant-Man, and was developing new technology that would give the powers of Ant-Man and the Wasp to a human (his daughter took the tech and became Stinger). Later, when Mainframe was severely damaged, Scott came out of retirement with the Ant-Man armor designed by Doctor Doom (Kistoff Vernard), and shrank to microscopic size to repair him from the inside. He realized that he still enjoyed being a hero, and stayed "un-retired" and joined A-Next.[volume & issue needed]

The Thunder Guard, a group of Nazi Avengers from an alternate universe who fought A-Next, included a highly unstable version of Scott called "Pincer" who had killed that universe's version of Cassie.[volume & issue needed]

Ultimate Marvel[edit]

The Ultimate Marvel version of the character is Dave Scotty, one of the Giant-Men that was utilized on the Reserve Ultimates.[41] During a legion of vampires' attack, he was among those that guarded the S.H.I.E.L.D. Triskelion. After vampires attacked and bit him multiple times, Scotty was turned over the vampire cause. In the ensuing battle, Dave was killed by a fellow Giant-Man.[42]

The actual Ultimate version of Scott Lang is the second major version of Giant-Man. He appears as a member of the New Ultimates during a massive showdown between the Ultimates and the Avengers. Lang later helps both teams defeat Gregory Stark's forces in North Korea.[43]


Marvel Zombies[edit]

Scott Lang is seen with Nick Fury; he attempted to fight the zombies, but he is overwhelmed and turned, last seen screaming.[volume & issue needed] He is later seen as a zombie.[volume & issue needed] He is destroyed by the Power Cosmic Zombies again.[volume & issue needed]

In other media[edit]

Television[edit]

  • The Scott Lang incarnation of Ant-Man makes his animated debut in The Avengers: Earth's Mightiest Heroes, voiced by Crispin Freeman. This iteration's backstory on his life as a criminal to help his daughter and eventually gets caught remains the same, however, is a former criminal partner of William Cross. In the episode "To Steal an Ant-Man", he steals the Ant-Man suit so that he could pay the money he owed Cross. After explaining his situation to Hank Pym, Luke Cage and Iron Fist, Scott met up with William to pay off, however, William thought that Scott was Ant-Man all along and alters the deal. When Hank, Luke and Iron Fist help fight Cross' henchmen, Scott gets his daughter to safety and then defeats Cross. Despite willing to turn himself in, Scott is being deemed worthy by his predecessor. Ant-Man returns in the series finale "Avengers Assemble" as one of the reserve Avengers that helps take down Galactus.
  • The Scott Lang incarnation of Ant-Man appears in Avengers Assemble,[44] voiced by Grant George. This version is first seen with a more science oriented background and even has his own laboratory like Hank Pym, however, later retains his criminal backstory. In the episode "One Little Thing", he helps Iron Man deal with stray Pym Particles in Stark Tower at the time when Darlene Wilson visits. In the episode "Small Time Heroes", A.I.M. steals the Pym Particles from Ant-Man. Upon hearing what happened to Stark Tower during the fight with Ultron, Ant-Man allows Iron Man, Hawkeye and Thor to use his lab within an anthill. His lab is shown to have an A.I. named J.O.E.Y. (his version of J.A.R.V.I.S.). His flying ant Euclid has taken a liking to Hawkeye and Thor tests his strength against the ants Newton and Tesla. Ant-Man helps out Iron Man, Hawkeye and Thor to battle MODOK when MODOK uses the Pym Particles to grow out of the cybernetics to keep from being taken over by Ultron. With advice from Ant-Man, Iron Man was able to remove the Pym Particles from MODOK's body during an attack on an amusement park. After MODOK is left tied up for S.H.I.E.L.D., Ant-Man joins up with Iron Man so that there can be another genius for the Avengers. In the episode "The Ultron Outbreak", Ant-Man helps the Avengers's fight against Ultron. He manages to shrink an Ultron-controlled Falcon and place in a test tube. Upon bringing the Ultron-controlled Falcon to his lab, he and J.O.E.Y. analyzed the nano-virus in Falcon to find an antidote. Upon finding it with help from Falcon, Ant-Man creates the cure for the nano-virus to use on Falcon as he has Ultron's scattered conscious return to Ultron. After Ultron was defeated, Captain America and Iron Man invite Ant-Man into the Avengers.[45] In the episode "The New Guy", Ant-Man helps the Avengers into subduing Fin Fang Foom in Washington DC via shrinking. Hawkeye has some trust issues ever with Ant-Man since Scott betrayed the Circus of Crime back when Hawkeye was operating as Trickshot. In order to see if Ant-Man is worthy to be one of the Avengers, Captain America has Hawkeye oversee the initiation training on Monster Island. Both of them eventually work together to save Captain America from the Red Skull using Dormammu's powers as protection from Thanos. With unlikely help from Fin Fang Foom, Ant-Man was key in helping the other Avengers. After Red Skull is in S.H.I.E.L.D. custody, Hawkeye officially welcomes Ant-Man into the Avengers.

Film[edit]

Paul Rudd as Scott Lang / Ant-Man in the 2015 film Ant-Man.

Toys[edit]

References[edit]

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  7. ^ Micronauts Vol. 1 #19-20
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  9. ^ Iron Man #145
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  11. ^ Iron Man #156
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  13. ^ Iron Man #225
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  16. ^ Avengers #275-277
  17. ^ Amazing Spider-Man Annual #24
  18. ^ Iron Man Annual #12
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