If there’s one thing for certain about the ANT-MAN films, it’s that Scott Lang’s relationship with his daughter Cassie Lang is adorable. A precocious ten-year-old, Cassie embraces her father no matter what kind of trouble he gets into. Cassie wants to help Scott beyond just covering for him when the FBI barges into his apartment. She wants to be his heroic, crime-fighting partner.

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Like you’d expect a dad with a sense of responsibility, Scott sweetly turns down Cassie’s dreams of becoming a super tiny (or large) hero like him. However, there is a precedent for Cassie’s dreams of heroics — in the comics, Cassie Lang is a hero in her own right, called Stature. 

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A Teenage Runaway

Despite the loving and amicable relationship Scott has with his ex-wife and her new husband in the films, comic book Scott Lang’s relationship with Peggy is much rockier. Scott becomes Ant-Man after stealing Hank Pym’s suit in order to save the only doctor who could cure the seriously ill Cassie Lang. In the AVENGERS: DISASSEMBLED storyline, the Scarlet Witch kills Scott.

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The aftermath of her father’s death serves only to increase Cassie’s hero worship — despite her mother and step-father’s aversion to superheroes in general. Most of her childhood had been spent living with Scott until her mother sued for custody and won. She cited that Scott’s position as a hero made it unsafe for Cassie to live with him. In secret, Cassie had been purposefully exposing herself to Pym particles for years. She hoped to gain powers, though the particles initially appeared to have no effect on her.

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Cassie’s big moment comes after a heated argument with her mother where Peggy slaps her. The tensions between Cassie and her parents only grew in the wake of Scott’s death. In response, Cassie decides to leave and join the Runaways in California. However, just before she leaves, Cassie spots a new superhero team dubbed the Young Avengers on TV. Immediately, Cassie changes course. 

Cassie Lang: Young Avenger

The Young Avengers team debuted in their own title, THE YOUNG AVENGERS, in 2005. The team initially consists of Iron Lad, Patriot, Speed, Wiccan, Hulkling, Hawkeye (Kate Bishop) and, last but not least, Cassie Lang as Stature. The conflict that brings together the Young Avengers roots itself in the villain Kang the Conqueror. Iron Lad, the de facto leader who recruits each member, turns out to be a younger version of Kang — way before he turns into a time-traveling murderer. Cassie finds the fledgling team and requests to join. However, she’s only about fourteen at this point, and though her fellow teammates aren’t much older than her, they reject her. In her anger, Cassie accidentally grows ten times in size. It’s pretty much a wrap after that.

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Throughout the team’s many adventures, Cassie proves herself to be an important and integral part of the Young Avengers. Adopting the name Stature and a costume similar to her father’s, Cassie leads a double life. She hides her superhero identity from her mother and step-father, though they begin to suspect her. She even strikes up a brief romance with Iron Lad, and later the younger version of the Vision.

Ant-Man and… Stinger?

ANT-MAN AND THE WASP reestablished Scott Lang as a superhero in the aftermath of CIVIL WAR. However, the film also heavily hints at Cassie’s future as a size-changing hero. On-screen Cassie has expressed her desire to follow in her father’s footsteps. Toward the end of ANT-MAN AND THE WASP, Cassie gives her father a rousing speech to convince him to go free Hope and Hank Pym from police custody.

The audience assumes that when Cassie mentions how much her father needs a smart and daring partner, she’s talking about Hope. Instead, Cassie hopes to convince Scott to turn the gig into a father-daughter duo. Scott obviously lets Cassie down easy on that one — she’s only ten, after all — but the idea has already been planted. Within the Marvel Cinematic Universe (MCU), it’s totally possible to bring a slightly aged up Cassie into the fold.

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Scott and Cassie have worked together as heroes in the comics. During the AVENGERS: CHILDREN’S CRUSADE story, Cassie dies a tragic death shortly after her father comes back to life. Later, Dr. Doom resurrects Cassie, though she’s initially powerless. Once she regains her abilities, Cassie adopts the name Stinger and joins her father. Together, the pair fight crime in ASTONISHING ANT-MAN (2016).

AVENGERS 4 and Time Shenanigans

Here are some minor spoilers for AVENGERS: INFINITY WAR, if you’ve somehow managed to avoid them for this long. The first end credit scene for ANT-MAN AND THE WASP tells us Hope, Hank, and Janet were part of the Thanos’ casualties. Scott’s trapped in the quantum realm with no apparent way to get out. However, just before Thanos turned her into dust, Janet van Dyne warned Scott to be wary of time warps. No one would be able to save him if he became trapped in one.

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The currently untitled fourth AVENGERS film is rumored to involve some time travel. It’s possible that the time warps in the quantum realm might come into play. Whatever the Avengers are forced to do in order to restore half of the universe’s population may result in some time shenanigans. It’s not out of the realm of possibility that Cassie Lang emerges as Stature as a result of these incredibly catastrophic changes.

Cassie Lang and Marvel Phase Four

It’s rumored that an older Cassie Lang has already been cast to appear in AVENGERS 4. ANT-MAN AND THE WASP director Peyton Reed confirmed that the film was purposely setting Cassie up to become a hero in the future.

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The first three phases of the Marvel films built up Thanos as the ultimate villain. Assuming Marvel takes a similar approach, the next villain on deck could be Kang the Conqueror. Utilizing Kang the Conqueror could work in multiple ways. After AVENGERS 4 devastates us all, the next spate of films could work to establish newer and younger heroes. Spider-man and Black Panther are already expected to become the new faces of Marvel.

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In fact, Nova and Ms. Marvel movies are allegedly on deck for future phases. A YOUNG AVENGERS movie in the post-AVENGERS 4 world could have the same vibe as the original comic. Similarly, the newer team the CHAMPIONS highlights younger Marvel superheroes. If this were to happen, Cassie Lang would be front and center, saving the world. Hopefully, Scott manages to make it out of the quantum realm so he can see her in action.

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