Does ‘Ant-Man and the Wasp’ Set the Stage for Stature’s Debut?

Paul Rudd in Ant-Man and the Wasp

Ant-Man and the Wasp | Marvel Studios

Ant-Man and the Wasp clearly gives us a taste of Avengers 4‘s storyline with its mind-blowing post-credits scene. But that’s actually not the only way it appears to set up future films. In fact, Marvel’s latest is sort of a secret origin story for a future hero.

In the film, Scott’s relationship with his daughter, Cassie, is a major plot point, and all throughout, she makes clear that she wishes she could do what he does. This first comes early in the movie when Scott and Cassie are playing around and pretending to be tiny, and she says she wishes they could shrink for real.

Later, Cassie suggests that Scott needs a partner who can watch his back. Although Scott immediately thinks of Hope, Cassie actually had herself in mind. But Scott says that he would be a terrible father to let that happen. Near the end, this point is hammered home yet again when Cassie says that she wants to be a superhero.

If you don’t read the comics, you may have wondered why the movie was going to such lengths to establish the idea that Cassie wants to follow in her father’s footsteps.

Well, it seems like it’s setting the stage for her to actually do so. After all, in the comics, Cassie did become a superhero going by the name Stature. Like Scott Lang himself, she’s able to grow and shrink, and she secretly experiments with the Pym Particles on her own. Eventually, she ends up joining a group called the Young Avengers.

Marvel would probably not foreshadow Cassie becoming a superhero so heavily if it didn’t plan to get around to this storyline at some point, and Kevin Feige recently confirmed that these scenes are intentionally leading us down that path. He said:

“Certainly – taking our cue from the comics as we always do – that’s why we wanted Cassie, a very young Cassie in this movie, to be inspired by her father. Just planting seeds.”

Stature

Stature | Marvel Comics

Right now, Cassie is way too young to become Stature, so you might assume we won’t see her suit up for many years. But wait, could we actually see it happen in Avengers 4?

That’s possible if the rumor is true that Marvel has cast 16-year-old Emma Fuhrmann to play an older version of Cassie in that movie. Fans speculate that there will be a time jump between Infinity War and Avengers 4, and this casting would indicate it’s about six years long, seeing as the actress who plays Cassie now is 10 years old.

This would also put Cassie at just about the perfect age to become Stature, so perhaps she’ll actually get in on the fight in Avengers 4. Whatever actions the Avengers take in the movie, though, those will probably put things back to normal, so it’s unclear whether Cassie would still be Stature in a possible third Ant-Man film.

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