In Marvel’s series of superhero movies, Ant-Man borders on comic relief. Released in 2015, it was lighter than most of Marvel’s films up to that point. Early in the film, the nemesis, Darren Cross, snickers at the concept of an “Ant-Man” hero.
And let’s face it. There’s something inherently amusing about a pocket-size hero. There’s a “Honey, I Shrunk the Superhero” vibe to his origin story. Picture Scott Lang (a.k.a. Ant-Man) stuck at the size of a small child, looking ridiculous – as though he were a little kid pretending to be a grown-up, wearing clothes that are much too large for him.
But despite the lighthearted tone, Scott Lang quickly finds himself on a proper hero’s journey. He has serious business to attend to. While absent during Avengers: Infinity War, Ant-Man will play a role in the final film, Endgame. He has survived “the Snap,” leaving us yet another hero to send against Thanos.
As a fictional character, Lang sends out a few mixed messages, so there is room for debate regarding his personality type. Certain contradictions – like Lang being an intelligent and thoughtful person who can never quite get his life together – add some much-needed complexity to Ant-Man. But we fear no such contradictions. So, here we go.
We believe Scott Lang has a Turbulent Entrepreneur (ESTP-T) personality type. Here’s why.
Lang has a thirst for trying new things and pushing the envelope in life. He’s a people person. From the opening scene, where he takes part in a Fight Club type of ritual when leaving prison, to the closing credits, he connects with others. He seems to need people. Lang’s a joiner – at times, a reluctant one – but a joiner nonetheless. He enjoys imagining himself as an Avenger after a single fight alongside Captain America. And during his house arrest in Ant-Man and the Wasp, he clearly doesn’t handle being alone well.
Scott: I’m sorry about Germany. They just showed up. They said that it was a matter of national security, that Cap needed help.
Scott: ...tain America. Captain... Cap. It’s what we call him. If you’re a friend, and I think I’m a friend. A little. I know him. He’s not... Whatever!
This is tricky. We’re told early in the first film that Lang has a master’s degree in electrical engineering, which could place him in Intuitive, Thinking (i.e., Analyst personality) territory. But then, nothing else in the film places him in the theoretician zone. He seems much more concrete and skill-based.
Lang is creative enough, but in an applied skills kind of way. So we see him as an Observant Explorer personality type. He’s a hands-on operator, and he leaves theorizing to Hank Pym, the original Ant-Man, and Pym’s daughter Hope (a.k.a. the Wasp). For example, consider his impromptu and successful plan B during the heist in which he discovered his suit.
Scott: They weren’t kidding. This safe is serious.
Luis: How serious are we talkin’, Scotty?
Scott: It’s a Carbondale. It’s from 1910. Made from the same steel as the Titanic.
Luis: Wow. Can you crack it?
Scott: Well here’s the thing. It doesn’t do so well in the cold. Remember what that iceberg did?
Luis: Yeah man, it killed DiCaprio.
This is another tricky one, but we believe Lang is a Thinking personality type. Remember his advanced degree in engineering. His actions suggest that he applies rationality to most of what he does. Since Lang is often motivated by his love for others (especially for his young daughter, Cassie), his character reinforces the idea that Thinking types are not the heartless or soulless people that others sometimes stereotype them as.
Lang possesses a wide range of knowledge and applies it to find solutions. He thinks through the best course of action and improvises when necessary. His discovering how to escape the Quantum Realm, which was thought to be impossible, by reworking his Ant-Man suit is one of the many examples of his knowledgeable approach.
The Ant-Man films portray Scott Lang as a clever improviser. He may rehearse a plan. But when things go bad, as they often do, he pulls a rabbit out of his hat, conjuring some unexpected solution. He will defy the rules and act the nonconformist when he wants something to work out.
A small example might be when Lang shows up, uninvited, to Cassie’s birthday party, without thinking of the consequences that his estranged wife might deliver. His behavior is often more about acting in the moment than considering the longer-range implications, even to the point of causing his life to go off the rails. Similar impulsive, perhaps ill-considered, actions follow Lang throughout the three films that include his character.
Lang is a screwup, and he knows it. Oh, he’s a lovable screwup. But he often fails to think of broader consequences. There’s a feeling around him that things are always just a little unstable: his marriage, his relationships with Pym and Hope, his willingness to bend the rules (like sneaking out of house arrest), and so on.
That by itself doesn’t make Lang a Turbulent personality. Despite the term “Turbulent,” social instability isn’t necessarily a specific sign of this personality trait. However, self-doubt and the constant need to make things right or compensate for a perceived deficit are the hallmarks of Turbulence. There is a persistent sense that Scott needs to make things better, and this motivates much of what he does. Even his crimes are about fixing something in his life.
That’s the long and the short of our personality analysis of Scott Lang: an intelligent and well-meaning, if a bit misguided and insecure, Turbulent Entrepreneur. It will be interesting to see what role Ant-Man plays in Avengers: Endgame.
When typing fictional characters here at 16Personalities, the type we present is determined only by what we’ve seen of the character’s behavior and actions in the movies or books in which they appear. Ultimately, they are fictional and are used as a way to help others better understand aspects of personality type.
This personality typing is based on the character as portrayed in Marvel’s Ant-Man and Captain America: Civil War movies dating from 2015–2018.
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