Ant-Man (Scott Lang)
Ant-Man from the Avengers Handbook
|First appearance||As Scott Lang:
Avengers #181 (March 1979)
Marvel Premiere #47 (April 1979)
|Created by||David Michelinie
|Alter ego||Scott Edward Harris Lang|
Heroes for Hire
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
Maintains strength of normal size in shrunken state
Ant-Man (Scott Lang) is a fictional superhero appearing in American comic books published by Marvel Comics. Created by David Michelinie and John Byrne, Scott Lang first appeared in The Avengers #181 (March 1979) and in Marvel Premiere #47 (April 1979) as the second superhero character to use the Ant-Man name in the Marvel Universe. He is a reformed thief and an electronics expert. Paul Rudd portrays Scott Lang in the 2015 Marvel Studios film Ant-Man and will reprise his role in the upcoming 2016 film Captain America: Civil War.
- 1 Publication history
- 2 Fictional character biography
- 3 Powers and abilities
- 4 Other versions
- 5 In other media
- 6 References
- 7 External links
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Fictional character biography
Scott Edward Harris Lang was born in Coral Gables, Florida. He turned to burglary when his occupation as an electric engineer 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.
The second Ant-Man
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 the 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 by Darren Cross. He rescued the doctor from Cross' clutches 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.
Shortly after, Scott Lang donned the Ant-Man costume on various occasions, primarily to assist Iron Man and the Avengers. Scott came to the rescue when Iron Man was trapped in the armor. 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. He then battled Odd John's mutated insects, and encountered Biotron of the Micronauts. 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. As Lang, he attempted to stop the Raiders at a Dallas electronics engineers convention. He then battled the malfunctioning GARD computer security system. As Lang, he aided Iron Man and Jim Rhodes against Mauler. He then met the Fantastic Four, and with them first journeyed to a "micro-world", and battled there alongside the Thing.
Scott was instrumental in helping Iron Man discover who possessed copies of his technology during the Armor Wars storyline. 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. He encountered Rick Jones and Alpha Flight, and then battled Dire Wraiths alongside Rom and Starshine. 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. He accidentally shrank Spider-Man and battled the Scarlet Beetle. He also battled Dragonfly.
Lang was even briefly hired by the Fantastic Four to serve as their technical consultant when Reed Richards was missing and presumed dead, 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, the team disbanding after the other team members returned.[volume & issue needed]
Lang played an important role in helping Mister Fantastic cure the Hulk, who 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.
After his ex-wife Peggy Rae gained custody of their daughter, Lang accepted an offer to join the Avengers officially. 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.
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.
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. Purple Man uses his powers to make it seem as if Scott had been consumed by ants.
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.
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.
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). Scott is proud that his daughter followed in his footsteps. 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 her, much to Scott's grief.
Eventually, Lang became the second Future Foundation's leader replacing Reed Richards when the Fantastic Four went on a time travel trip. 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.
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.
During the AXIS storyline, a now-heroic and repentant Doctor Doom used Scarlet Witch's powers to resurrect Cassandra Lang, seeking to atone for at least one of his crimes; she turned out alive and well on Scott's doorstep.
Following this, Lang moved to Miami to start a new life as well as to spend more time with his daughter. 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. 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. With Machinesmith disabling all the security Scott was able to get into Cross Technologies and fight his way to Darren Cross, whom Dr. Sondheim was blackmailed into reviving using Cassie's heart. Darren engaged in combat against Ant-Man while the hero tried to buy time for Sondheim to transplant another heart into Cassie. After Cross was forced to flee when the Pym Particles now in his body caused him to shrink down, Scott shrunk down to microscopic size, and was guided by Sondheim to attack Cassie's white cells and allow her body accept the new heart's tissue. Even though the procedure was difficult, Scott was finally able to help Cassie survive the experience. When Peggy and Blake arrived, Sondheim told her that Cassie suffered an infraction and Scott took them to her, which they believed. Although he saved his daughter, Scott decided to distance himself from her so that she could have a normal life.
Some months ago, Ant-Man helped Giant-Man into rescuing a computer technician named Raz Malhotra from Egghead. Months later after the incident where Hank Pym and Ultron were fused together with Pym seemingly perishing as a result of the fusion, Scott received one of Pym's labs. Recalling his encounter with Raz, Scott sent Raz a present in the form of the Giant-Man suit.
Powers and abilities
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.
Avengers Fairy Tales
House of M
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 mentally highly unstable version of Scott called "Pincer" who had killed that universe's version of Cassie.
The Ultimate Marvel version of the character is David "Dave" Scotty, one of the Giant-Men that was utilized on the Ultimates' Reserves. During a legion of vampires' attack, he was among those that guard the S.H.I.E.L.D. Triskelion. After vampires attack and bit him multiple times, Scotty turned over the vampire cause. In the ensuing battle, Dave gets killed by a fellow Giant-Man.
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.
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
- Scott Lang makes his animated debut in The Avengers: Earth's Mightiest Heroes, voiced by Crispin Freeman. This version's backstory as a criminal to help his daughter and gets caught mostly remains the same. He then steals the Ant-Man suit to steal what he owed William Cross. Scott met to pay off Cross, however, William thought that Scott was Ant-Man all along and alters the deal. When Hank Pym, Luke Cage and Iron Fist help, Lang gets his daughter to safety and then defeats Cross. Scott is deemed worthy by Pym to be the new Ant-Man despite being willing to turn himself in. Ant-Man later appears as one of the reserve Avengers that helps take down Galactus's Heralds.
- Ant-Man appears in Avengers Assemble, voiced by Grant George. In the first season, he first appears as a minor character with Hank Pym's science oriented background. In the second season, the character is revealed to be Scott Lang after he officially joins the Avengers following a massive battle with Ultron.
- Paul Rudd portrays Scott Lang in the 2015 Marvel Studios film Ant-Man, directed by Peyton Reed and written by Edgar Wright, Joe Cornish, Adam McKay and Rudd, based on a story by Wright and Cornish.
- Paul Rudd will reprise his role in the 2016 film Captain America: Civil War.
- The Scott Lang version of Ant-Man appears on Marvel Heroes, again voiced by Grant George.
- The Scott Lang version of Ant-Man appears as a playable character in Marvel: Avengers Alliance.
- The Ant-Man version of Scott Lang appears in Marvel Contest of Champions, and Marvel: Future Fight.
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