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Information-silkReal Name Scott Edward Harris Lang
Information-silkCurrent AliasAnt-Man
Information-silkEditorial NamesAstonishing Ant-Man
Information-silkRelativesCassandra Eleanor Lang (daughter);

Ruth (sister);
Unnamed father (deceased) [1];
Carl (brother-in-law);

Peggy Rae (ex-wife)
Information-silkAffiliationAnt-Man Security Solutions; formerly Future Foundation (leader), Fantastic Four (leader), Avengers, Heroes For Hire, Stark Industries, Electrolang, Inc.
Information-silkBase Of OperationsSouth Beach, Miami, Florida; formerly Farmingdale, Long Island, New York
Information-silkIdentityPublic Identity
Information-silkMarital StatusDivorced
Information-silkOccupationAdventurer, electronics technician and owner of Electrolang, Inc.; formerly burglar
Information-silkEducationElectronics technician certificate, plus additional advanced electronics training while in prison
Information-silkHeight6' 0"
Information-silkWeight190 lbs (86 kg)
Information-silkHairStrawberry Blond
Information-silkOriginScott Lang stole an Ant-Man suit and "shrinking gas" canisters from Dr. Henry Pym, the original Ant-Man, in order to save the life of his daughter by breaking into a factory where a heart specialist was being held. Pym gave Lang permission to keep the uniform and a supply of gas after Lang had proven himself willing to use his powers on the right side of the law.
Information-silkPlace of BirthCoral Gables, Florida
Information-silkCreatorsDavid Michelinie, John Byrne
First Appearance

Quote1 ... Yeah, well I beat up Doctor Doom once! Quote2
-- Ant-Man src

Early Life

Scott Lang was an electronics expert who could not support his family doing repair work, so he turned his talents to burglary. Apprehended, he served his prison sentence and was paroled for good behavior. During his time in prison, however, his wife divorced him. Lang had furthered his studies of electronics while in prison and was soon hired by Stark International to work in its design department.[3]

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When his daughter Cassie was diagnosed as having a serious congenital heart condition, Lang sought the aid of surgeon Dr. Erica Sondheim. Desperate to help his daughter, Lang decided to return to thievery.[4]


Breaking into the New Jersey home of Dr. Henry Pym, Lang stole his Ant-Man Suit. Unknown to him, Pym observed the theft and in his guise as Yellowjacket, followed Lang, curious to see what use he would put the paraphernalia.[4]

Garbed as Ant-Man, Lang broke into Cross and discovered Dr. Sondheim was held prisoner by Darren Cross, president of CTE, who needed Sondheim to correct his own heart condition. Rescuing Sondheim and defeating Cross, Lang was relieved when Sondheim was able to save the life of his daughter. Lang intended to return the Ant-Man costume to its owner and turn himself in, but Henry Pym offered to let him keep them, provided Lang put them to lawful use. [5]

Stark Industries

Tony Stark recruited Scott to find out who Justin Hammer really is. [6][7] When Dr. Bruce Banner asked Iron Man to help him either be cured or killed. They design a nuclear-powered regulator that would allow him to control his heart beat preventing transformations into the Hulk. Scott Lang and Erica Sondheim successfully implant the device in Banner's chest. After exposing Banner to the emotional overlord inducement generator they are convinced that the regulator will keep the Hulk reigned in from now on.[8] However, this was not the case. Tony, Scott, and Sondheim restrained Banner's transformation, ending with Sondheim's use of sound waves to return Banner to normal. [9] Iron Man directs Sondheim to remove the regulator from the Hulk's chest before he wakes up. Unfortunately, Stark is dealing with his own health crisis, leading Scott to shrink into the Iron Man armor in order to save Tony's life.[10]

Scott also helped Yellowjacket rescue the Wasp who was captured by Dr. Pernell Solomon.[11] Alongside the Avengers, he first battled Taskmaster.[12][13]

He then fought Odd John 's mutated insects, and encountered Biotron of the Micronauts. [14][15]

Scott Lang was going through crates belonging to Cord Conglomerate, recently purchased by Stark, when he finds a suit of the Mauler Armor. Before he can notify Stark, Mauler knocked him out and takes the suit. [16]

Fantastic Four

He then met the Fantastic Four, and with them first journeyed to a "micro-world", and battled there alongside the Thing. [17]

The Grandmaster forced every known hero away from Earth and forced them to battle [18]

He encountered Rick Jones and Alpha Flight, and then fought Dire Wraiths alongside Rom and Brandy Clark.[19][20]

He helped the Avengers in infiltrating Taskmaster's henchmen-training facility, battling the Taskmaster alongside Hawkeye, and visited Henry Pym while he was in prison.[21]

When the Masters of Evil took control of the Avengers Mansion and captured some of the current team; Lang was instrumental in helping the Wasp defeat the Absorbing Man and Titania, two villains much stronger and more powerful than them. The pair attacked a hospital in an attempt to kill a comatose Hercules [22][23][24]

Shrunken Spider-Man

At the Tomorrow Exposition, techno-thieves break in to steal the Quark machine. With the expo closed, Scott shrinks down as Ant-Man to take a private tour, but his gas apparently also works on Spidey who shrinks to insect size. As the thieves attack a guard, Spider-Man battles a spider. Ant-Man stops the thieves from stealing the Quark field generator's circuit board while Spidey destroys the attacking automatic insect eradicator. Ant-Man enlarges and escapes with the circuit board but is slowed by a magnesium flare. Spidey battles the robot guard dog while Ant-Man summons an army of ants to stop the thieves. Spidey stumbles across the fracas and helps, webbing the thieves up. As the police arrive, Ant-Man takes Spidey to a secluded spot to re-enlarge him, but fails. Spidey is stuck the way he is.[25] While still trapped in his shrunken size Spider-Man and Scott battled the Scarlet Beetle.[26]

Stane International

When Stark International was bought out by Stane International, Lang resigned out of respect to Tony Stark, the company's former head (and secretly Iron Man.) Lang opened his own electronics business. Later, he temporarily gave up the business to be hired by the Fantastic Four when their scientist and leader Reed Richards was missing for an extended period. Lang and Cassie lived at the Four's headquarters during this time.[27]

Heroes for Hire

During a time when many of Earth's heroes were believed dead after battling the psychic entity, Onslaught, Lang agreed to join the newly-reformed superteam Heroes for Hire.[28]

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The Avengers

Lang continued to aid his superpowered colleagues as needed, such as joining other Avengers associates in infiltrating the base of the Avengers' enemies of the Triune Understanding, although this turned out to be a ruse by the Triunes to discredit the Avengers. He also helped the Avengers against the threat of the villain Kang the Conqueror, who nearly succeeded in conquering the world. After overthrowing Kang's would-be regime, the Avengers offered Lang a place on the roster, and he agreed.[29]

Jessica Jones

Scott dated Jessica Jones, the super-heroine named Jewel who left to become a private investigator.[30] He assisted her in a matter with Mattie Franklin, one of the many female heroes to take the Spider-Woman identity. Assisting the duo is S.H.I.E.L.D. agent Clay Quartermain.[31] Their relationship ended when she revealed that she was pregnant with Luke Cage's baby.[32]

Jack of Hearts

Lang's place with the Avengers was not without its personal struggles. Scott was brought into court for a custody battle with his ex-wife over the safety of his daughter Cassie when she visited the Avengers Mansion headquarters of the team. Lang also struggled with his new teammate Jack of Hearts, as the two often clashed over trifling matters. However, when Lang's daughter was randomly kidnapped by a madman, Jack of Hearts rescued Cassie at the risk of his own powers consuming him, which ultimately killed him.[33]

Avengers: Disassembled

Lang felt guilty that he had only begun to reconcile with his new friend. Later, Jack of Hearts somehow returned to the Mansion with a message of warning for the team. When Lang reached out to his friend, Jack of Hearts detonated himself, taking half of the Avengers Mansion and seemingly Scott Lang with him. This attack was later discovered to be motivated by the Scarlet Witch, whose mind had become unhinged due to the magical powers she constantly felt forced to control. Whether this was truly the corpse of Jack of Hearts or just a magical construct of the Scarlet Witch remains unclear.[34][35]


Cassie subsequently becomes Stature as a member of the Young Avengers, having apparently taken enough Pym Particles over the years to enable her to automatically grow and shrink in size whenever she wants.[36]

Ant-Man's Helmet fell into Amadeus Cho's possession for a time. He wears it with Cassie's blessing, choosing to focus on the insect mind-controlling abilities.[37]

Children's Crusade

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A few years later, the Young Avengers traveled back in time with an amnesiac Scarlet Witch to the moments before Avengers Mansion was destroyed and escaped along with Lang (leaving the Avengers of that time to believe he had perished).[38][39][40] This celebration was short lived however, after Lang witnessed the death of his daughter Stature in battle with Dr. Doom.[41][42] Lang had since sworn vengeance on Doom.[43]


Scott joined the Defenders team composed of Doctor Strange, Silver Surfer, Red She-Hulk, Black Cat and Iron Fist. Together they battled the Death Celestials.[44]

Future Foundation

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The Future Foundation would soon be left in the hands of Scott after Reed discovered that the cosmic energy that gave him is powers was decaying forcing him and the rest of the Fantastic Four to go into a different universe to fix the problem. Scott was left with She-Hulk, Medusa and Johnny Storm's current girlfriend Darla Deering to be the replacement Fantastic Four for only originally four minutes unless something went wrong, which did happen.[45] When the Fantastic Four returned he left the team.[46]

Original Sin

Following the murder of Uatu the Watcher, Scott was chosen alongside Black Panther, Winter Soldier, Emma Frost, Gamora, the Punisher, and Doctor Strange as one of the potential candidates to replace the original Nick Fury in his role as the defender of Earth.[47][48][49] He and the others attempted to stop Fury after he was revealed to be the Watcher's true murderer.[50][51][52][53][54]


The now-heroic Doctor Doom used the Scarlet Witch's powers to resurrect Cassie, seeking to atone for at least one of his crimes; she turned out alive and well on Scott's doorstep.[55]

Ant-Man Security Solutions

With Cassie returned, Scott tried to adjust his life, and got the job of Head of Security at Stark Industries. However, after Cassie moved with her mother Peggy to Miami, Scott ditched his new job in favor of spending more time with his daughter (against Peggy's will and without her knowledge).[56] As part of his new life, Scott opened a business called Ant-Man Security Solutions. Scott battled Grizzly who wanted revenge on Ant-Man due to his betrayal during the Siege of Asgard, unaware he was not Eric O'Grady. After the misunderstanding was cleared, Lang offered Grizzly a place at his new company.[57]

Ant-Man Security Solutions.

While installing a security system in a paper clip warehouse, Scott was ambushed and defeated by Taskmaster. Open defeating Scott, Taskmaster revealed he was merely meant to be a distraction, hired by Cross Technological Enterprises to give Crossfire time to capture Cassie for Augustine Cross.[58] When Scott realized that it would be impossible to infiltrate into Cross Technologies by himself, Grizzly suggested they consult his friend from Villains Anonymous, Machinesmith. Machinesmith said he would only help Scott and Grizzly infiltrate Cross Technologies if he got a permanent job at Ant-Man Security Solutions. 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.[59] 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 to 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 take Cassie 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.[60]


  • Pym Particles Ant-Man is able to reduce himself to the size of an ant, approximately one-half inch in height, by means of a rare group of sub-atomic particles, the source of which is as yet unknown, which he is able to contain in magnetic-field "canisters" (the shape of the magnetic lines of force were made visible by the confined particles, whose concentration caused them to behave like a gas).[62][63] [64][65][66][67][68]
    • These particles, whose wavelength is in the mental range when released, allow Ant-Man to will himself and other objects to reduce in size or enlarge. The mechanics involved having most of the mass of the nucleus of each affected atom convert into energetic particles which take up orbit around the nucleus - thus, although gravitons do not affect these particles, the mass of the original volume remains intact.[62][63] [64][65][66][67][68]
    • This means a punch delivered by the half-inch high Ant-Man would feel like the blow of a normal-sized man. Ant-Man's reducing particle has no time limit to its potency.[62][63] [64][65][66][67][68]
    • Lang has demonstrated the ability to change sizes without application of Pym particle gas. [62][63] [64][65][66][67][68]

Strength level

Ant-Man possessed the normal human strength of a man of his age, height, and build who engaged in moderate regular exercise. At small size, his strength is equal to an ant's.[62][63] [64][65][66][67][68]


  • Ant-Man's Suit: [62][63][64][65][66][67][68][69]
    • Ant-Man's Helmet: Ant-Man also wore a cybernetic helmet designed by Henry Pym permitting him rudimentary communication and control of insects. He could broadcast to a range of about one mile (1.6 km), depending on the materials surrounding him. His helmet also contained sound amplification equipment which also shifted the frequency of his voice so that he could be heard by normal-sized humans despite his diminutive size, as well as providing its own oxygen supply.[62][63][64][65][66][67][68][69]
  • When exposed to the "Horton Cells" while travelling Android Human Torch's body developed pyrokinetic powers. However the exposure was temporary. [70]



  • Ant-Man's Wrist Gauntlets Ant-Man's wrist gauntlets enabled him to fire bio-electric blasts of adjustable force. His original helmet was able to fire 'disruptor' blasts of concussive force that Lang said were less powerful than the stings of The Wasp.[62][63] [64][65][66][67][68]
  • Wanting to devote more time to his daughter, Ant-Man turned down membership offers from both the Avengers and Fantastic Four, though he eventually accepted Avengers membership.
  • Ant-Man's costume for Ant-Man was designed by Chris Samnee.[71]
  • Scott's early appearances are reprinted in various comics.[72]

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