With Ant-Man and The Wasp: Quantumania in theatres February 17, comic book fans may be wondering what Marvel comics they should read before the movie comes out. If you are wondering what Ant-Man and The Wasp Cassie Lang comics to read before Quantumania, we’ve got a great reading list for you.
Ant-Man and The Wasp: Cassie Lang Comics To Read Before Quantumania
Marvel Premiere #47-48 (1972)
Created by John Byrne, Bob Layton, Bob Sharen, Tom Orzechowski, David Michelinie, and Mario Sen, Marvel Premiere (1972) #47 & #48 are the comics with the first appearances of Cassie Lang.
What happens when Scott Lang, the former electrician of the Avengers, steals Hank Pym’s shrinking particles? Learn why has this ex-con reverted back to his old ways. See Scott Lang—Ant-Man—suited up for the first time!
While this storyline primarily focuses on Scott and his Ant-Man origin story, Cassie plays a prominent role as she is the very reason Scott suits up Ant-Man and it establishes Cassie’s disability, which becomes an important part of her character.
The Kang Dynasty (1998–2001)
The adventure known as KANG DYNASTY spanned the Kurt Busiek AVENGERS (1998) #41–55 run and AVENGERS ANNUAL 2001 and did quite a bit of damage to change the trajectory of Earth’s Mightiest Heroes!
Kang the Conqueror has been a foe of the Avengers for decades! Witness his ultimate triumph as he brings all of his vast cross-time-spanning legions to bear to conquer the Earth once and for all! Can Earth’s Mightiest Heroes hold back the colossal forces arrayed against them or will they face defeat and subjugation beneath the boot of the Conqueror?
KANG DYNASTY kicked off in AVENGERS #41, and the team roster was expansive. Captain America, Iron Man, Warbird (Carol Danvers), Thor, Wasp, and Goliath (Hank Pym) were core players. Scarlet Witch, Vision, Wonder Man, Triathlon, Silverclaw, and Quicksilver helped out regularly.
Young Avengers (2005)
This comic created by Allan Heinberg, Jim Cheung, John Dell, and Justin Ponsor is the First Appearance of Hulkling and Wiccan and also where Cassie Lang begins her career as a superhero.
A mysterious group of young heroes appeared in the wake of a great tragedy. Who are these teenage do-gooders who call themselves the Young Avengers? We learn how Cassie got her powers and her suit and chose her code name, Stature.
Young Avengers Special (2006)
We see the events that lead to Cassie joining the Young Avengers in this comic created by Allan Heinberg, Micheal Gaydos, Neal Adams, Gene Ha, Jae Lee, Bill Sienkiewicz, Pasqual Ferry, Jose Villarrubia, June Chung, Justin Ponsor, Art Lyon, and Dave McCaig.
No one has seen or heard from the Young Avengers in 3 days. Kat Farrell asks Jessica Jones about the Young Avengers and a rumor about Patriot being on drugs; Jessica denies any knowledge. Kat asks for an exclusive interview with the Young Avengers.
Jessica meets with Cassie Lang regarding an interview with Kat and suggests that Cassie stop being Stature and go back to her normal life. Cassie states that she cannot go back to a normal life, and rehashes her history with Jessica, ending with the explanation that having her father as Ant-Man never gave her a normal life.
Jessica also meets with Teddy, Billy, Kate, and Eli.
Kat gets an interview with all the Young Avengers, excluding Eli. All these events are being watched by a young Kang the Conqueror (Iron Lad).
Young Avengers Presents Stature (2008)
In this comic by Kevin Grevioux, Mitch Breitweiser, and Brian Reber the Young Avengers find Cassie shrinking, lying in the fetal position, and uncommunicative. The team is worried that she will eventually shrink herself out of existence, so her teammates try to help Cassie, who is struggling with her powers.
While we also get a few flashbacks of Cassie with her father, mother, and stepfather, we also get a deeper look at what is going on in her life, with her relationships, and inside her head.
Avengers: The Children’s Crusade #1–9 (2010)
As Wiccan’s powers begin rapidly augmenting, he realizes he must find the only person who can help control them: The Scarlet Witch. Beginning a journey that will pit him against hero and foe alike, will his journey become his salvation or end?
Featuring Cassie during her time with the Young Avengers, in this comic series by Allan Heinberg, Jim Cheung, Mark Morales, and Justin Ponsor, we see the Young Avengers on a mission to find Scarlet Witch.
Scott Lang has never exactly been the world’s best superhero. In fact, most people don’t even think he’s been the best ANT-MAN—and the last guy invented Ultron and joined the Masters of Evil, so there’s that.
However, when a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity knocks, Scott gets a chance to turn it all around and be the superhero he’s always dreamed of being. Who cares if he’s been to prison or through a messy divorce? Nothing is gonna stop the astonishing ANT-MAN!
In this first Scott Lang solo series, featuring Cassie Lang as a supporting character, Scott is set up Scott as a single dad in Miami while running a security business. Written by Nick Spencer with art by Ramon Rosanas and Jordan Boyd, we see Cassie with her father and their relationship now that she is older.
Astonishing Ant-Man (2015)
Down on his luck, divorced ex-con Scott Lang stole renowned scientist and superhero Hank Pym’s size-altering technology in the hopes of saving his daughter’s life. Through that act of doing wrong for the right reasons, Scott inadvertently learned how to be a hero himself. With Pym’s blessing and his daughter Cassie at his side, he became The Astonishing Ant-Man! But when a curveball upends Scott’s life, will he continue to be a hero, or will he return to his former life of crime?
By Nick Spencer, Ramon Rosanas, Jordan Boyd, and Annapaola Martello, this comic shows Cassie adjusting to life as a non-superpowered individual, expands on her relationship with her mother and father and highlights a reunion between her and her friend Kate Bishop. We also see Cassie take on her new superhero alias.
Unstoppable Wasp #7 (2018)
Janet Van Dyne throws together the best last-minute birthday party the Marvel Universe has ever seen. But what happens when Nadia’s fellow Red Room graduate Bucky Barnes, A.K.A. the Winter Soldier, crashes the party?
In this comic by Jeremy Whitley, Alti Firmansyah, and Espen Grudetjern, Cassie meets Nadia van Dyne, (daughter of Hank Pym) one of the heroes she has a close relationship with at the party.
Cassie, along with Vivian Vision, guides Nadia through the party, introducing her to each of the guests. This comic highlights the relationship between the Pym Particle users, which ties to the MCU.
SWARM APPROACHES! Scott Lang is back in this solo series. Desperate to raise his daughter’s opinion of him, Scott takes a job with local beekeepers only to uncover a global conspiracy that could topple the world order! No time to call the Avengers, this sounds like a job for ANT-MAN?! The creative team of Zeb Wells and Dylan Burnett take Ant-Man to all-new heights in this epic adventure featuring Cassie as Stinger as her dad’s partner!
This father-daughter superhero duo takes down A.I.M agents and the supervillain Swarm. Kate Bishop invites Cassie to join the West Coast Avengers.
Avengers Vol 1 #267: “Time—And Time Again!” (1986)
In this comic created by Roger Stern, John Buscema, Tom Palmer, Christie Scheele, Jim Novak, and Mark Gruenwald, Kang has almost eliminated all the time divergent duplicates created each time he jumped through time. Meanwhile, the public protests Namor’s membership with the Avengers. The Wasp, Black Knight, and Hercules are transported to Limbo by Kang where he hopes they will help him destroy the final time duplicate.
Avengers Vol 1 #268: “The Kang Dynasty!” (1986)
Captain Marvel, Namor, and Captain America investigate the disappearance of the others and suspect Kang’s involvement in this comic created by Roger Stern, John Buscema, Tom Palmer, Christie Scheele, Jim Novak, and Mark Gruenwald.
Kang sends a horde of Dire Wraiths against the Avengers trapped in Limbo. They make their way through them to the lair of a divergent Kang. Hercules defeats Kang’s Stimuloid, meanwhile the other Avengers, using the Leader’s time machine, join the rest of the team in limbo. They defeat the divergent Kang only to be captured by the true Kang.
Avengers Vol 1 #269: “Kang Vs. Immortus”(1986)
In this comic created by Roger Stern, John Buscema, Tom Palmer, Christie Scheele, Jim Novak, and Mark Gruenwald, Kang gloats over the captive Avengers and the sole surviving time double. The Avengers free themselves, engage Kang, and the time double is killed. Immortus arrives and reveals to Kang that he is his future self. Kang is driven made by the combined knowledge of his time doubles and flees into Limbo. Immortus sends the Avengers back to their proper time.
Avengers Vol 1 #213 “The Court Martial of Yellow Jacket” (1981)
Captain America charges Yellowjacket with reckless behavior in battle, and the Avengers schedule a formal court-martial hearing in this comic created by James Shooter, Bob Hall, Dan Green, Don Warfield, Janice Chiang, and Jim Salicrup.
The trial convenes at the Avengers Mansion as Captain America calls for the harshest penalty possible, saying he would expect the same if he had committed the wrongdoing. Yellowjacket’s defense degenerates into a rant about Captain America having a vendetta. He asks Janet for help; she instead removes her sunglasses to reveal the black eye he gave her.
Pym activates his robot and it savagely attacks the Avengers but turns on him as well before the Wasp is able to disable it.
Avengers Forever (1998–1999)
AVENGERS FOREVER, a 12-issue tale written by Kurt Busiek and Roger Stern, and illustrated by Carlos Pacheco and Jesus Merino, brings together the Avengers to stop a time war between Kang the Conqueror and Immortus!
Created by Tom DeFalco, Ron Frenz, Brett Breeding, and Bob Sharen, “A-Next” takes place in the MC2 universe and introduces this universe’s version of Cassie Lang, who uses the alias, Stinger.
In this comic, a new generation of Avengers comes together to form a team, including members such as J2, Thunderstrike, American Dream, Mainframe, and Blue Streak. This series also introduces Hope Pym aka Red Queen, who is Cassie’s biggest foe in this universe.
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