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.
When his daughter Cassie was diagnosed as having a serious congenital heart condition, Lang sought the aid of surgeon Dr. Erica Sondheim, whom he believed to have been held prisoner at Cross Technological Enterprises (CTE). Desperate to help his daughter, Lang decided to resort to burglary.
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.
Garbed as Ant-Man, Lang broke into Cross and discovered Dr. Sondheim was held prisoner by Darren Cross, (later, the super-villain Crossfire) 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.
Shortly after, Lang donned the Ant-Man costume on various occasions, primarily to assist Iron Man and the Avengers. When Iron Man became trapped in his armor, Scott saved him. 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. As Lang, he attempted to stop the Raiders at a Dallas electronics engineer’s 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.
After his ex-wife Peggy Rae gained custody of their daughter Cassie, Lang accepted an offer to join the Avengers officially under the code name Stature. 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.
Powers, Weapons 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.
- Size Reduction: As Ant-Man Suit allows the user to shrink to the size of an ant, approximately one-half-inch in height, by means of the subatomic particles known as the Pym Particles. The nature, source, and mechanics of the Pym Particles remain unrevealed. The suit released a gas containing the Pym Particles, the Particles would interact with the electrical impulses of his brain, creating an organism-wide “reducing field.” Thus activated, the field reduced his entire body at a uniform rate to the smaller size he desired. Although he usually chose to reduce himself to one half inch in height, he could reduce his size to any size between that and his normal size. Usually, Pym did not compress his mass into his smaller size. Instead his mass was somehow extended into an extra-physical dimension that is opened by the activating of the Pym Particles, from which the mass could later be reclaimed. Strangely, because Pym’s mass was extended extra-dimensionally when he was at ant-size, he retained his full human-size strength at that size. To return to normal size, Pym inhaled another gas or drank another potion, either of which contained another type of Pym Particles. These particles interacted with his brain to create an organism-wide “enlarging field,” which is energized by mental command. Thus Pym could grow back to his normal height and reclaim all of the mass that was extended extra-dimensionally.
- Size Addition: The suit using Pym Particles allows the user grow to gigantic height. The growth process required the rapid acquisition of bodily mass, presumably from an extra-dimensional source. This extra dimensional mass fortified all of his cellular tissue, including his bones and muscles, enabling him to support his increased weight, and giving him superhuman strength. This however can cause health problems due to the strain, and subject to various limitations on his size and the duration of his transformations.
- Entering other Planes of existence: The suit allow the user to shrink to sub-microscopic stature. When 99.99 + % of his mass was extra-dimensionally shunted, he was sent into a “subatomic universe” or “microverse,” one of countless alternate universes accessible to Earth only by the mass-shunting process.
- 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.
- 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 Plexiglas face shield and a limited air supply. Lang retained his normal strength in ant size.
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.
- Scott has advanced training and expertise in electronics, having earned an electronics technician certificate, plus additional advanced electronics training he received while in prison.
- Scott possesses 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.
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