Scott Lang is always underrated as the MCU’s everyman. This also applies to Scott Lang’s education. It plays an even bigger part in the Ant-Man series than it appears.
Scott Lang has been the Marvel Cinematic Universe’s everyman from his introduction in the original Ant-Man. He isn’t a God or an alien, nor a tech billionaire son’s genius. He’s a father who loves his children and knows how to use Hank Pym’s shrinking costume. Marvel’s long-standing tradition has heroes who have to deal with real-life problems adds an interesting perspective to the MCU. Ant-Man And The Wasp: Quantumania finds him at the center stage of the saga to open Phase Five.
Kevin Feige, the MCU expert, recently stated that he is a greatly underestimated character. He consistently exceeds expectations and has helped to pull off some big wins in clutch situations, such as the Time Heist to undo The Snap. Even though he is not as skilled as a Shuri or Tony Stark, he still holds a master’s of electrical engineering. He also has practical knowledge from his time in the Quantum Realm.
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Ant-Man Is Always Sharper Than He Seems
Scott Lang’s background is as a thief. His first Ant-Man story begins with him trying his best to make it through life after a brief stint in jail. Because of this, other heroes were quick to dismiss him. Also, he has no superpowers. Although he isn’t the only MCU Hero who falls within that category, he wasn’t a superspy, like Clint Barton, or an elite Military Officer like James Rhodes. Lang is an experienced under-fireman who has learned how to use the suit. Lang is not much more than a divorcing dad trying to make ends meet.
He continues to be a hero, even in the face of ridicule. His successful penetration of the Avengers compound, in the original Ant-Man, and his near-sabotage of Tony’s Iron Man costume in Civil War are two examples. even has an arc where Rocket, Rhodey, and his abilities are dismissed. Only for him to save their lives during Thanos’ final battle. All of this is in addition to the fact that Time Heist is Lang’s idea. Tony Banner takes time to explain the details, while Lang understands the concepts sufficiently to propose the plan.
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Ant-Man’s Education is Nothing To Sneeze at
Lang’s criminal record is disproportional to the skills that he uses when committing a crime. After discovering they overcharge their customers, Lang robbed Vistacorp. He worked as a security guard. His Robin Hood-style robbery ends in his being sent to prison, and finally earns him the attention of Hank Pym. The details are explained in the canon graphic book Ant-Man Scott Lang: Small Time (Will Corona Pilgrim. Manny Clark. Clayton Cowles. Andres Mossa. Clayton Cowles. Andres Mossa. (The name of the school he attended is unknown.
Lang’s education is what explains Lang’s ability to execute the robbery. He’s skilled enough for him to overcome the alarm system, and disable the cameras at Vistacorp’s headquarters as well. He would have managed to escape if he didn’t decide to take the man’s car and drive it into his swimming pool. He further enhances that knowledge when he joins Pym to increase his understanding of quantum as well as other principles that enable Ant-Man to use his power.
Lang has been able to make improvements to the suit as well as learn tactics like how to create miniature chaos. It gives Lang valuable practical knowledge about the MCU and larger concepts like Quantum Realm. It’s a tremendous advantage and yet it is all too easy to dismiss. It preserves his status as an underdog.