With Pym basically giving up the Ant-Man mantle in the 70s, Marvel decided to pass it along to another character. Enter electronics expert and small-time thief Scott Lang. After serving a prison stint for burglary, Lang’s expertise in electronics got him hired by Tony Stark to install a new security system in Avengers Mansion in Avengers #181 which would be his first appearance in comics.
Lang made his first appearance as Ant-Man in Marvel Premiere #47 – 48 (1979). When his daughter Cassie becomes stricken with a serious illness, he breaks into Hank Pym’s home to steal the Ant-Man suit and shrinking technology. With them, he rescues Dr. Erica Sondheim, the one doctor who can save his daughter. Pym allows Lang to keep the Ant-Man suit as long as he uses the powers for good.
Lang would go on to assist the Avengers on numerous occasions including prominently in the Armor Wars storyline (1987 -1988). Lang would die in the events that would kick off the Avengers Disassembled storyline however his death is reversed in a classic Bobby Ewing moment and if you don’t get that reference then ask your parents.
Scott became a temporary member of the Fantastic Four with the Human Torch, She-Hulk and Namorita when the other three members were trapped in the Negative Zone. He would also play a role as the love interest in the “Alias” series which featured Jessica Jones who will be the subject of the next Marvel Netflix series. In more recent years, Lang became a member of the Defenders before getting his own title in 2015. And Lang manages to one up Pym by being the subject of the film.
While never becoming one of Marvel’s A-list heroes, the Ant-Man character has been woven throughout Marvel’s history for over 50 years, providing a big lift when a very little guy was needed!