Character Study: Scott Lang (Ant-Man)

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Real Name: Scott Lang

Powers: Thanks to Pym Particles, Scott (Ant-Man) can shrink to the size of an ant. He can also communicate telepathically with insects. When he shrinks, he retains his human strength.

Abilities: Scott has expertise in electronics.

Background

Scott Lang is the current Ant-Man, though he achieved the title by unorthodox means. He stole the Ant-Man suit from Dr. Henry (Hank) Pym, in order to save his daughter’s life. Not the first time Scott stole in order to support his family. He turned to crime when he was no longer able to support his wife and daughter, and became a skilled thief as a way to make ends meet. Of course this path didn’t end well, and Scott spent a time in prison.

After his release, he worked in the design department at Stark International; trying to turn over a new leaf. When he discovered his daughter had a fatal heart condition, he decided to call on the help of Dr. Erica Sondheim. It turned out she had been kidnapped by Darren Cross of Cross Technological Enterprises, who had a heart condition of his own. Scott stole Hank’s suit to rescue Dr. Sondheim and save his little girl. The mission was a success, and Hank allowed him to keep the suit – as long as he continued to use it for good.

scott and his daughter

Personality

Scott is unconventional, and, according to some (mainly himself), not a particularly good superhero. Yes, he’s been to prison, and made his fair share of mistakes; not to mention the fact he can’t seem to make things stick. But he loves his daughter, values the role of father above all others, and it’s that quality which makes him stand out. He also names his ants; a man who takes the time to do that, when there are just so many of them – well, that’s commitment for you!

One of his most appealing qualities, at least in my opinion, is his humour. Scott is self-deprecating, and is quick to see the irony in a situation. He always seems to dig himself into a hole, which might be aided by the fact Scott often lets his mouth run away with him. He has a gift for stating the obvious and has a unique view on the world.

Scott is relatable. Put simply, he’s a nice guy. He has an almost boyish charm, keen intelligence, uncanny wit and his enthusiasm is contagious.

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Associations 

  • Scott worked with the Avengers on a number of occasions; more than once to battle the Taskmaster. He also aided the team in bringing down the Masters of Evil.
  • He was hired by the Fantastic Four, due to his expertise in electronics.

Ant-Man Fantastic Four

  • Scott later joined Heroes for Hire.
  • In a bid to help Bruce Banner, who was desperate for a cure, Scott teamed up with Tony Stark and Eric Sondheim to implant a device in Bruce’s chest. Naturally, things went wrong, and Scott had to go ‘in’ to remove the device. He also shrank into Tony Stark’s Iron Man suit to save Tony’s life when it turned out he was in danger too.
  • Scott has helped Yellowjacket to rescue the Wasp, teamed up with Spider-man against Taskmaster, and once with Hawkeye on a mission with the Avengers.

Ant-Man and spiderman

  • He eventually took a full-time role with the Avengers (for a time), and regularly butted heads with fellow Avenger, Jack of Hearts, until Jack saved Scott’s daughters life by sacrificing himself. Jack of Hearts was resurrected, but he was unstable. In a strange twist of fate Scott was killed when Jack’s body exploded.
  • The Young Avengers travelled back in time and brought Scott home with them, affording him a second chance.

Speaking of second chances, I will be reviewing Ant-Man: Second-Chance Man later in the month. This comic coincided with the release of Ant-Man at cinemas, so it’s worth mentioning that Scott Lang is currently being played by Paul Rudd.

What do you think to the character? Have you seen the movie? I’d love to hear your thoughts.

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21 responses to “Character Study: Scott Lang (Ant-Man)

  1. Reblogged this on Melissa Barker-Simpson and commented:

    I enjoy discussing characters, and so I wanted to point out my recent post at Comparative Geeks today. I went to see the Ant-Man movie on Friday and I loved it. So much it seems, that I can’t stop talking about it! I wrote a review on Sourcerer, and I plan on reviewing the latest comic featuring the delightful Scott Lang. But I’d love to know your thoughts – on Scott, or on superheroes in general. Stop by and join the conversation!

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    • Thanks for writing this – I still have not made my way to reading any Ant Man comics yet! I’ve actually skipped ahead and started reading Fantastic Four… though I did make it to see Ant-Man in theaters after all!

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      • Yay! Don’t keep me in suspense…what did you think? (and writing the post was a pleasure)

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        • It was good! I kind of agree with some of the criticisms I’ve read places… But they didn’t make it a bad movie. There’s a number of reviews I need to read… Like yours and Luther’s!

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          • I haven’t read that many reviews, though Luther’s is great (and he’s almost as enthusiastic as I am, which is weird!). I’m glad you enjoyed it. It’s up there in my top five Marvel movies – I liked it that much!

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          • Oh man making me try to rank it… Too soon. And I’m interested in Holly’s opinion, she’s seeing it this weekend. Oh and the reviews I’ve read were critic blurbs beforehand, trying to decide whether to go. Glad I did 🙂

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          • Yeah, I do sometimes get ahead of myself! Especially considering all the movies that are headed our way 😀

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          • I’m pretty excited for Inhumans – which is literally the last of them all as of right now. A lot to see between now and then 🙂 Doctor Strange, Captain Marvel, Infinity War! More Guardians! Civil War! Yeah.

            So I have three of a top five, easy as you please: Avengers, Winter Soldier, and Guardians. It’s the question of what the other two spots would be. The first Iron Man was just so strong, given it got all the rest of this going. I also really liked Iron Man 3. Ant Man was a lot of fun… Add in Age of Ultron… I’m not sure how I’d round out a top-five.

            This may have to be a post. The real challenge would be ranking ALL OF THEM.

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          • Yes, that would indeed be a challenge, and would make an excellent post – there’s bound to be debate about that! I’m in agreement with the top three – all great movies. But you’re absolutely right – so much to look forward to. Will Civil War overtake Winter Soldier, for example. I can say as of right now, I enjoyed Ant-Man as much as Guardians of the Galaxy, which is saying a lot for me!

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          • Hmmmm I don’t know. Although I may have watched Guardians so many times by now that there are moments that bug me. Which is sad.

            Mostly: scenes where there are a ton of extras who just stand around stupidly listening to the main characters. Which actually, that sounds like a post as well…

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          • Indeed it does. But is that a post on watching a movie so much you begin to see the flaws, or a reflection on Guardians when the dust has settled?! I will readily admit that, with the movies I love, I am almost blind to those flaws. I see them (in some part of my brain), but they don’t register because the next favourite scene is already playing and I’m quoting along 😀

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          • Agreed! But like when they’re shouting about four billion units with all these extras standing there… like someone should have been like “I want that kind of money” and attacked them or caused them some kind of grief. Or at the end with the city supposedly evacuated, and all the people walk up to watch the dance off!

            I’m still pretty sure the rest of the movie is perfect, though.

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          • Both excellent points, and now my mind is running through all the possibilities – especially the thought of people giving them grief…so much I could do with that. I keep saying I’ll try fan-fiction 😀

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  2. I saw the movie this past weekend and really enjoyed it. It had a nice blend of humor and action. I don’t know too much about Antman in the comics, but I’ve been reading some and it’s nice to see his personality in the comics in the movie too.

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    • I agree with you, Patricia. I think he definitely stands out, and people can relate to the humour. It’s different to Tony Stark – who uses his intelligence almost like a weapon – his wit is so sharp! I mention Tony because of the banter these two have in the comics. Thanks for stopping by 😀

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  4. Thanks for the great rundown – I wasn’t aware of all the backstory, and it was nice to learn more about him!

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  5. I was wondering if you could do a character study of Bumblebee (Karen Beecher-Duncan) sometime? I’d love to know more about her.

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