Super of the Week: Cassie Lang

She’s the daughter of Scott Lang, but this doesn’t stop Cassie Lang from being a hero.

Cassie Lang was always destined to become a superhero. After all, her father is the second Ant-Man, Scott Lang. Since her comics debut, the young heroine grew alongside the Avengers and forged a close bond with everyone’s favourite Iron Man. She would also go on to join the Young Avengers, following her dad’s footsteps.

Profiling Cassie Lang

Full Name: Cassandra Eleanor Lang

Nickname(s):

  • Cassie
  • Peanut (Marvel Cinematic Universe only)

Alias(es):

  • Stature
  • Stinger
  • Ant-Girl
  • Giant-Girl

Comic Book Franchise: Marvel Comics

Creator(s):

  • Cassie Lang: David Michelinie and John Byrne
  • Stature: Allan Heinberg and Jim Cheung
  • Stinger: Nick Spencer and Annapaola Martello

First Appearance(s):

  • Cassie Lang: Marvel Premiere #47 (April 1979)
  • Stature: Young Avengers #6 (May 2006)
  • Stinger: The Astonishing Ant-Man #6 (May 2016)

Allies:

– The Initiative

– Mighty Avengers

– Young Avengers

Powers/Abilities:

– Size Manipulation

Family:

– Paternal grandparents

– Scott Lang (father)

– Margaret Lang (mother)

– Jim Paxton (stepfather – Marvel Cinematic Universe only)

– Blake Burdick (stepfather – comics)

Friend(s):

  • Kristoff Vernard
  • Jessica Jones
  • Nathaniel Richards
  • Kate Bishop
  • Wiccan
  • Hank Pym

Team(s):

  • The Runaways
  • Young Avengers
  • The Initiative
  • Mighty Avengers

BIOGRAPHY

Comic Book Origin

Young Avengers; debuts
[Credit: LRM Online]

Cassie Lang is the only child and daughter of Scott Lang and his ex-wife, Margaret. As a young girl, she was very sick due to a congenital heart condition. This prompted her father to steal Doctor Hank Pym’s Ant-Man equipment and some of the scientist’s Pym particles in order to rescue Doctor Sondheim, the only person could help Cassie.

Scott and Margaret divorce with Cassie spending most of her time with her father. She loved and adored him and eventually learns of his superhero life. She even becomes close to Tony Stark and calls him “Uncle Tony”. 

However, her mother and new stepfather didn’t like the idea of Scott being an Avenger and feared for Cassie’s life. They dubbed his new lifestyle as unsafe for his daughter. They then seek custody of Cassie in an attempt to keep her away from the life she has come to love.

As she grows up, Cassie becomes bitter towards her mother and stepfather as they attempt to keep her away from her father. However, it’s her relationship with her stepdad that sours the most.

Tragically, Scott is killed in action during a conflict with an out-of-control Scarlet Witch, Cassie’s grief eats away at her and she ultimately blames Blake [her stepfather] for not being able to understand her the way Scott had.

Blake attempts to be a caring step-parent to Cassie, but sees her as a “less than brilliant”. After a fight with her mother stepfather, the younger Lang runs away and ends up in Los Angeles where she crosses paths with the Runaways and Jessica Jones. She would later join the Young Avengers.

Marvel Cinematic Universe’s Cassie Lang

[Credit: LRM Online]

The MCU version of Cassie Lang is similar to her comic book counterpart, but with a few changes. First off, she is not sick. However, her mother and stepfather do begin their time in the first Ant-Man film as having a grudge against Scott because he ended up in prison for theft.

However, Cassie’s closeness to her father is still there. We first see her at age 7 at her birthday party where she sees her dad after he has been released from prison. This causes tension with her mother Maggie and her soon-to-be stepfather, Jim who has been acting as Cassie’s father figure in Scott’s absence.

As time wears on and Cassie is taken hostage by Darren Cross, Scott jumps in wearing Hank Pym’s Ant-Man suit to rescue his daughter. This changes Maggie and Jim’s minds about him and they become a close knit family. 

However, sometime later, Scott is summoned to Germany to fight on Captain America’s side against Iron Man. He is then arrested alongside Clint Barton and both are put under house arrest so they can spend time with their families. Maggie and Jim are supportive of Scott and Maggie voices her disgust at all the FBI agents that were combing through Scott’s house after his foot ends up through the fence.

In that time, Cassie spends weekends with him and is the only thing keeping him sane outside of the business he set up with his best friend, Luis. 

After realising her dad is Ant-Man again, Cassie says perhaps he needs a partner which prompts him to laugh when she suggests herself. This upsets her before Scott apologises and says she would make an awesome sidekick. After the whole Ghost debacle, Cassie spends time with her dad and his girlfriend, Hope Van Dyne and tells them she wants to be superhero like Scott.

Five years later, Cassie is reunited with her dad when he shows up at her house. Scott is surprised to see her as a teenager because five hours had passed for him as he’d been trapped in the Quantum Realm.

PAST MEDIA APPEARANCES

Cassie Lang has appeared in the following projects:

  • The Avengers: Earth’s Mightiest Heroes

RECENT MEDIA APPEARANCES 

Cassie Lang has appeared in the following projects that are recent:

  • Ant-Man
  • Ant-Man and the Wasp
  • Avengers: Endgame

PORTRAYALS – LIVE ACTION

Cassie Lang has only appeared in the Marvel Cinematic Universe in three live-action projects so far. She has been portrayed by Abby Ryder Fortson as a child and by Emma Fuhrmann as a teenager.

PORTRAYALS – ANIMATION

Cassie Lang has only ever appeared in animation one time. This was in The Avengers; Earth’s Mightiest Heroes voiced by Colleen O’Shaughnessey.

cjhawkings

C.J. Hawkings has written for the now-defunct Entertainment website, Movie Pilot and the still functioning WhatCulture and ScreenRant. She now writes for FanSided and is loving it!

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