This post contains SPOILERS for Ant-Man and the Wasp
Ant-Man and the Wasp gives Scott Lang a partner in Hope van Dyne, but it also plants the seeds for Cassie Lang becoming Stature. The relationship between Scott and his daughter is a key component of the Ant-Man films' emotional core, and the sequel works to flesh out their dynamic. Cassie's interactions with Scott are very sweet and sincere, and they're greatly enhanced by Paul Rudd's dynamic with Abby Ryder Forston. From Ant-Man and the Wasp's opening moments, it's clear they have a strong bond and Scott will go to great lengths to keep his daughter happy.
Marvel Comics readers may know that Cassie isn't just an ordinary young child. In 2006, Cassandra Lang made her debut as Stature, a member of the Young Avengers team. She has the same powers as her father, meaning she's able to manipulate her size with Pym particles. In the build-up to Ant-Man and the Wasp, there was some chatter about Cassie following this trajectory in the MCU, and the film definitely does its part in establishing the foundation.
One of the most telling signs that Cassie has a future with Earth's Mightiest is she is keen on becoming a superhero like Scott. In fact, when Cassie floats the idea of her dad having a partner to team up with, she's thinking about herself (and not Hope). Of course, she's a bit too young to be fighting crime, but her desire to help people should only increase as she gets older and follows Scott's career as the Ant-Man. In the film's final scene, as Cassie, Hope, and Scott watch a movie at the drive-in, Cassie reiterates her intention on becoming a hero one day. This seems to be very important for her; it's worth mentioning she's the one who encourages Scott to take on the mantle of Ant-Man again after Hope and Hank were taken in by the FBI. Cassie's satisfied smile at the sight of Giant Man on the news tells audiences all they need to know. She wants to be close with her dad, but also wants him to do the "right" thing.
Interestingly enough, Avengers 4 is set to feature an older version of Cassie (played by 16-year old Emma Fuhrmann). However, this doesn't necessarily mean Stature will be in the ensemble film. Ant-Man and the Wasp's mid-credits scene depicts Scott being trapped in the Quantum Realm as Hank, Hope and Janet van Dyne are snapped into oblivion by Thanos. Leaked Avengers 4 concept art reveals Ant-Man is part of the team, but there's no telling how long he was stranded or when he'll return. It's highly possible there's a significant time jump between Infinity War and Avengers 4, which would be a simple explanation for Cassie's recasting. As far as we know, Cassie has yet to receive any training, so it may be a stretch for her to suit up in next year's blockbuster. Maybe Scott's experiences will inspire him to take Cassie under his wing in the event something else happens to him.
Marvel boss Kevin Feige told us that it would be "cool" to do a Young Avengers film, but there is still a long way to go before the studio gets to that point. As we enter Phase 4 and beyond, characters like Spider-Man, Black Panther, Captain Marvel, and Doctor Strange (among others) will carry the franchise, so it's unlikely the MCU introduces the Young Avengers any time soon. Having said that, Marvel is always thinking longterm, setting things up that sometimes don't pay off until years later. If Cassie is eager to become a hero now, odds are one day she'll become Stature and fight bad guys just like her dad.
- Ant-Man & The Wasp (2018) release date: Jul 06, 2018
- Captain Marvel (2019) release date: Mar 08, 2019
- The Avengers 4 / Avengers: Endgame (2019) release date: Apr 26, 2019
- Spider-Man: Far From Home (2019) release date: Jul 02, 2019