Scott Lang, as the MCU’s Everyman, is not to be underestimated. It also includes his education which is a more important part of the Ant-Man saga than it appears.
Scott Lang is the Marvel Cinematic Universe’s everyman since his debut in the original Ant-Man. A normal Joe accidentally finds himself in the life of a superhero. He’s not an alien, god, or tech billionaire’s son. He’s just an ordinary guy who loves Hank Pym and is good at shrinking his suit. Marvel’s longstanding tradition continues with heroes who deal with real-life problems. Ant-Man, the Wasp, and Quantumania find him at the very heart of Phase Five.
Kevin Feige, MCU guru noted that he’s an underestimated character. He is not only an extraordinary performer, but he has been responsible for some huge wins in the clutch. This includes the Time Heist that undoes The Snap in Avengers Endgame. Although he may not be as brilliant as Tony Stark and Shuri, he has a Master’s Degree in Electrical Engineering. His experience in Quantum Realm also gives him valuable practical knowledge.
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Ant-Man was always sharper than he seems
Scott Lang comes from a criminal background. After a short time in prison, Scott tries to rebuild his life. Other heroes dismissed him because of his comic relief status. In addition, he does not possess any superpowers. He’s not the only MCU superhero who falls under that category. But he was never a superspy or an elite military commander like James Rhodes. Lang has extensive practice and is well-versed in using the suit. Lang is just a dad, divorced, trying to make ends satisfy.
He still rises to the occasion, even when it is met with ridicule. He was able to penetrate the Avengers compound using Ant-Man. In Captain America Civil War, he also nearly sabotages Tony’s Iron Man suit. Endgame includes a small scene in which Rocket, Rhodey, and others dismiss Rocket’s abilities. However, he saves their lives during the final battle to defeat Thanos. All of this, on top, is Lang’s original idea for the Time Heist. Tony Banner and Bruce Banner have to dissect the details, but Lang understands enough to offer the plan.
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Ant-Man’s Education Does Not Have to Be Sneeze At
Lang’s criminal background is far more impressive than the skills that he uses to commit his crime. He robbed Vistacorp after discovering that they were charging too much for their services. His Robin Hood act of deceit lands him in prison and eventually earns him the attention of Hank Pym. The details are included in the canon comic Ant-Man-Scott Lang: Small Time (Will Corona Pilgrim. Manny Clark. Clayton Cowles. Andres Mossa. Andres Mossa. Andres Mossa. Andres Cowles. He is unknown to have attended the school.
Lang’s education helps explain how he managed to pull off the robbery. He is skilled enough that he can bypass the alarm system to disable the cameras at Vistacorp and his boss’s house. He would have got away if the man had not chosen to drive his car into his swimming pool. He continues to grow his knowledge when he works with Pym. It allows him to expand his knowledge of quantum and other similar principles that make Ant-Man’s powers feasible.
Lang was able to upgrade the suit and develop tactics to make it more miniature. He has a wealth of practical knowledge on the MCU, thanks to the Quantum Realm and other larger concepts. It’s a great advantage and is often overlooked. It maintains his status as an underdog.