To Steal an Ant-Man
Hank Pym has lost it. Actually he has lost a lot of things. He has no desire to be a super-hero. His relationship with The Wasp is falling apart and he has lost his confidence in his ability to help mankind through science. However, his most immediate, and possibly most important loss is his Ant-Man suit and Pym particles.
Someone has stolen his powers, literally. And now they are using them to commit crimes, stealing money from banks. Well, trying to anyway, as we will discover.
Pym has left the Avengers in disgrace and cannot go back to them for help. So he turns to others heroes, Heroes-For-Hire, to be exact.
Luke “Don’t Call Me Power Man” Cage and Danny “Iron Fist” Rand take the job of recovering the Ant-Man costume. Using a combination of Cage’s street contacts and Iron Fist’s training they deduce that the thief is hitting banks that are actually fronts for criminal activity, like Hydra.
Figuring out where the thief will hit, they encounter him. Turns out he isn’t the easy job they were hoping for, using his size and mass to escape them.
With help from Pym they are able to track him down through the unique energy signature of the Pym Particles. They confront him, discovering that it is Scott Lang, a janitor where Pym used to work.
Turns out that Lang is more than just a janitor. He is an engineer that fell on hard times when his daughter was diagnosed with a serious illness. In order to pay for the treatment he fell in with a safe robbing criminal organization.
Being the Marvel Universe, this organization is run by Cross and has a number of colorful and dangerous members picked form Marvel’s abundant criminal underground.
They have kidnapped Lang’s daughter and are forcing him to continue to commit crimes for them.
With the unwanted and unexpected aid of Power Man (I will call him that!), Iron Fist and Hank Pym they rescue his daughter. At the end, Hank Pym allows Lang to keep the Ant-Man suit as he has feels Scott has more hero in him than Pym ever did.
This episode demonstrated just how smart and entertaining this show can be, even when it isn’t dealing with end-of-the-world stuff. Like the comic series itself, a good Avengers story doesn’t need to have the entire team beating the snot out of Kang or Dr. Doom. The smaller stories that deal with the characters and their personalities deliver as much impact, sometimes more.
Don’t let that fool you though. There is still plenty of action. We see Iron Fist and Power Man in action, the versatility of Ant-Man’s powers and lot sod bad guys get their heads caved in.