Welcome to a Comic Book Origins. Today we give you the background on Ant-Man, now mind you there have 3 versions of Ant-Man, so for this we are focusing on the 2 that are in the up coming Marvel Comics film. Now we give you Scott Lang, the second Ant-Man.
Scott Lang was an electronic engineer who was unable to support his family, and decided to turn to crime. He was caught and sentenced to 5 years in jail, but got out early for good behavior. Once freed he began to work at Stark International’s design department.
When his daughter was diagnosed with a fatal heart condition, Lang sought help from Dr. Erica Sondheim, who was kidnapped by Cross Technological Enterprises founder Darren Cross, for help with his own heart condition. In order to rescue her, and save his daughter, Lang broke in to the home of Dr. Henry Pym, the first Ant-Man, and stole his technology. After a successful rescue, Lang tried to turn himself in, but Pym allowed him to keep the suit, but for the purpose of good.
Dividing his time between costumed heroics and his family responsibilities, Ant-Man worked alongside several super heroes, aiding members of the Avengers against the mercenary Taskmaster on two occasions. When Baron Zemo’s Masters of Evil attacked the Avengers and took control of the Avengers Mansion, Ant-Man offered his assistance to the Avengers in defeating the criminal super-team. The Fantastic Four subsequently hired him as an electronics expert when Mister Fantastic was believed to be dead, and he was inducted into the team.
Following Mister Fantastic’s return, Ant-Man joined the team known as Heroes for Hire and clashed with such enemies as Ghaur and the Master. After Heroes For Hire disbanded, he again aided the Avengers against the Taskmaster; he also began dating former super hero Jessica Jones, although their relationship ended after he learned she was pregnant with Luke Cage’s child. Ant-Man next fought alongside the Avengers against the menace of Scorpio and the In-Betweener, then was invited to join full-time, a role he only accepted after losing custody of his daughter to his ex-wife.
As an Avenger, Ant-Man had always butted heads with his teammate, Jack of Hearts, who later sacrificed his life in order to rescue Ant-Man’s daughter. Ant-Man was killed when Jack of Heart’s resurrected body blew up the Avenger’s Mansion. During the Avengers Children’s Crusade storyline Lang was brought back due to a combination of Dr. Doom and the Scarlet Witch’s powers; but his daughter Cassie was a casualty. Lang went into a depression following Cassie’s death and came through it to lead a new team of the Fantastic Four when the original foursome went on a voyage into time and space.