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Abandoned Love: The Death and Life of Cassie Lang, Ant-Man’s Daughter

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Abandoned Love: The Death and Life of Cassie Lang, Ant-Man’s Daughter

Every installment of Abandoned Love we will be examining comic book stories, plots and ideas that were abandoned by a later writer while still acknowledging that the abandoned story DID still happen. Click here for an archive of all the previous editions of Abandoned Love. Feel free to e-mail me at bcronin@comicbookresources.com if you have any suggestions for future editions of this feature.

This time around, we look at the death (and life) of Cassie Lang, the daughter of the second Ant-Man.

Yesterday, I examined the death of Scott Lang, Ant-Man, in Avengers #500.

In Young Avengers #2 (by Allan Heinberg, Jim Cheung and John Dell), we see his daughter, Cassie Lang, who has decided that she will follow in her father’s tiny footsteps, so she goes to Avengers Mansion to get her father’s Ant-Man gear (she is accompanied by a new friend, Kate Bishop, who has also become interested in the Avengers)…

In the next issue, we learn why she has powers now…

It is worth noting that Cassie was also a case of “Soap Opere aging,” as she was a lot younger in her previous appearance during Geoff Johns’ Avengers run (when Scott Lang joined the team) just a year or two earlier…

So anyhow, as also noted yesterday, Cassie (who joined the Young Avengers as Stature) and her teammates went back in time and rescued Scott Lang from the past before he was killed.

They end up fighting Doctor Doom, though, who has taken Scarlet Witch’s reality-altering powers and the returned Scott tries to stop Doom and when it looks like he can’t, well, Cassie steps in, tragically…

As I noted yesterday, there was a bit of a karmic imbalance when Scott, who was supposed to have died, DIDN’T die, so instead…

She gets a statue at Avengers Mansion…

That was 2011. The “problem” is that Ant-Man had a movie coming out in 2015 and his daughter was alive in it (and more generally speaking, it is kind of messed up that his daughter is dead – it just has a pretty major effect on the character’s personality if he has a dead daughter). So Marvel got to working on it. On the next page, see how they fixed it…

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