Ant-Man (Scott Lang)

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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 Stark Industries
Fantastic Four
Heroes for Hire
Future Foundation
Abilities Electronics expert
Uniform grants:
Size manipulation
Telepathic insect communication
Helmet with a retractable plexiglass face shield and a limited air supply
Maintains normal-size strength in shrunken state
Ability to shrink to sub-microscopic size and enter the subatomic universes

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 two upcoming films: 2016's Captain America: Civil War and 2018's Ant-Man and the Wasp.

Publication history[edit]

Created by David Michelinie and John Byrne,[1] Scott Lang first appeared in The Avengers #181 (March 1979) and as the second Ant-Man in Marvel Premiere #47 (April 1979).[2]

Ant-Man appeared prominently in the 2012's FF series by Matt Fraction and Mike Allred.[3]

An ongoing series focusing on Lang, titled simply Ant-Man written by Nick Spencer and drawn by Ramon Rosanas, began in January 2015.[4]

Fictional character biography[edit]

Early life[edit]

Scott Edward Harris Lang was born in Coral Gables, Florida.[5] A movie fanatic, he turned to burglary when his occupation as an electric engineer failed to provide him with enough excitement in life.[6] (This was later retconned with the statement that he did so because he couldn't support his family.[1]) Apprehended, Lang 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.[7]

The second Ant-Man[edit]

When his daughter Cassie Lang became seriously ill, Scott Lang decided to return to burglary as a final resort.[8] He broke into Dr. Hank Pym's home and stole the Ant-Man suit and shrinking gas canisters.[9] 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.[10]


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 his armor in the aftermath of a system overload.[11] He also helped Yellowjacket (Hank Pym's alias at the time) attempt to rescue the Wasp captured by Dr. Parnell Solomon, and alongside the Avengers he first battled Taskmaster.[12] He then battled Odd John's mutated insects, and encountered Biotron of the Micronauts.[13] 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.[14] As Lang, he attempted to stop the Raiders at a Dallas electronics engineers convention.[15] He then battled the malfunctioning GARD computer security system.[16] As Lang, he aided Iron Man and Jim Rhodes against Mauler.[17] He then met the Fantastic Four, and with them first journeyed to a "micro-world", and battled there alongside the Thing.[18]

Scott was instrumental in helping Iron Man discover who possessed copies of his technology during the Armor Wars storyline.[19] 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.[20] He encountered Rick Jones and Alpha Flight, and then battled Dire Wraiths alongside Rom and Starshine.[21] 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.[22] He accidentally shrank Spider-Man and battled the Scarlet Beetle.[23] He also battled Dragonfly.[24]

Lang was even briefly hired by the Fantastic Four to serve as their technical consultant when Reed Richards was missing and presumed dead,[25] 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,[26] 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.[27]

After his ex-wife Peggy Rae gained custody of their daughter, Lang accepted an offer to join the Avengers officially.[28] 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.[29]

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.[30]

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.[31] Purple Man uses his powers to make it seem as if Scott had been consumed by ants.[32]


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.[33]

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.[34]

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.[35]


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).[36] Scott is proud that his daughter followed in his footsteps.[37] 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.[38]

Then, Scott joins the new Defenders team composed of Doctor Strange, Silver Surfer, Namor, Red She-Hulk, Iron Fist and Black Cat.[39]

Eventually, Lang became the second Future Foundation's leader replacing Reed Richards when the Fantastic Four went on a time travel trip.[40] 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.[41]

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.[42]

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.[43]

Following this, Lang moved to Miami to start a new life as well as to spend more time with his daughter.[44] 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, Scott had to clearing up the misunderstanding. Afterwards, Scott offered Grizzly a job in the company.[45] 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.[46] 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. Although he saved his daughter, Scott decided to distance himself from her so that she could have a normal life.[47]

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.[48]

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]


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.[49]

Ultimate Marvel[edit]

The Ultimate Marvel version of the character is David "Dave" Scotty, one of the Giant-Men that was utilized on the Ultimates' Reserves.[50] 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.[51]

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.[52]

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]


  • Scott Lang makes his animated debut in The Avengers: Earth's Mightiest Heroes, voiced by Crispin Freeman.[53] This version's backstory as a criminal to help his daughter and gets caught mostly remains the same. He first appears in the episode "To Steal an Ant-Man" where he 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. Despite being willing to turn himself in, Scott is deemed worthy by Pym to be the new Ant-Man and is possibly offered a spot on the Heroes for Hire. Ant-Man later appears in the episode "Avengers Assemble" 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 and his own A.I. named J.O.E.Y. (Ant-Man's version of J.A.R.V.I.S.).[54] In the second season, the character is officially revealed to be Scott Lang after he officially joins the Avengers following a massive battle with Ultron.[55]
  • Ant-Man appears in Ultimate Spider-Man: Web-Warriors, voiced again by Grant George. He is a guest teacher at the Triskelion's S.H.I.E.L.D. Academy where he demonstrates his powers by knocking down Spider-Man during a demonstration. When Nick Fury is taken over by Doctor Octopus's Octobot-themed nanobots to get free from the Triskelion's brig, he, Spider-Man and Power Man shrink down to remove the Octobots from Fury's body while the others pursue Doctor Octopus. While fighting their way though nanobots modeled after the Beetle, the Lizard and the Green Goblin, Ant-Man, Spider-Man and Power Man make their way to the heart to get to Fury's brain. As Ant-Man and Power Man are left busy fighting the nanobots (where some combined into one robot), Spider-Man learns from Fury's conscious that Doctor Octopus has set the Triskelion's reactor to meltdown. Once the nanobots are destroyed, the reactor overload is averted and Doctor Octopus is defeated, Spider-Man and Ant-Man visit Fury in the Triskelion's infirmary where Ant-Man admitted that Spider-Man's recklessness stopped Doctor Octopus's plot.[56]
  • Ant-Man appears in the television special Lego Marvel Super Heroes: Avengers Reassembled, voiced again by Grant George.[57]


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

Video games[edit]


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