Marvel Studios recast Cassie Lang Ant-Man and the Wasp: Quantumania after her performance in Avengers: Endgame, but why? During the first two Ant man film, Scott Lang’s young daughter Cassie was played by Abby Ryder Fortson, but the five-year time jump in Avengers: Endgame meant she was too young to continue playing the role in the Marvel Cinematic Universe. In the first Cassie Lang recast, Emma Fuhrmann took over the role. Now that Cassie is a teenager, she is in the perfect place to become a superhero like her father. In the comics, Cassie Lang becomes a superhero known as Stature/Stinger/Ant-Girl and joins the Young Avengers. Although Furhmann only played Cassie in two scenes, the decision to cast her remained Final game should have meant she continued to play the role for years to come.
However, Marvel Studios decided to recast Cassie instead Ant-Man 3. The decision to recast Cassie Lang to Ant-Man 3 was revealed in late 2020 when Marvel revealed new details about MCU Phase 4. Kevin Feige confirmed the film’s official title, as well as the return of Paul Rudd, Evangeline Lilly, Michael Douglas and Michelle Pfeiffer – but not Fuhrmann. He also announced that Jonathan Majors would play Kang the Conqueror. At San Diego Comic-Con 2022, Feige also revealed that Ant-Man 3 would be the first film in the MCU’s Phase 5. Here’s why the MCU recast Kathryn Newton as Cassie Lang for Ant-Man and the Wasp: Quantumania, which is being billed as the next biggest Marvel movie after Avengers: Endgame.
Why MCU Reworked Cassie Lang
One of the main reasons Ant-Man 3 Cassie Lang should probably get a bigger star in the role. Kathryn Newton is a rising star in Hollywood after roles in Freaky, Big Little Lies, Communityand Block. She also has blockbuster film experience Pokemon: Detective Pikachu, which could be beneficial in Marvel’s eyes. Marvel may have just wanted to secure a more recognizable name to play Cassie Lang going forward, considering that Ant man star should have a big MCU future. Although scheduling can be a problem in some cases of recasting, Fuhrmann did not have conflicting projects then Ant-Man 3‘s production took place. A potential caveat to this is if the 19-year-old actress is too busy with school to make room for a blockbuster production.
How old is Cassie Lang in the MCU
Now that Kathryn Newton is playing Cassie Lang Ant-Man 3, she will take over the role for any of the character’s appearances in future MCU films. But she has to play a character a few years younger than her actual age. Cassie Lang was born in 2007 in the MCU, which means she was 17 years old then Avengers: Endgame took place. It is not confirmed how long after these events Ant-Man and the Wasp: Quantumania occurs. However, Cassie should still be a teenager when Kathryn Newton makes her MCU debut as the future Young Avenger. Kathryn Newton was born in 1997, a full 10 years before Cassie. However, actors playing roles of characters significantly younger than them is nothing new. For example, Toby Maguire was around 26 when he played Spider-Man, making him much older than Peter Parker’s age in the first Sam Raimi Spider Man.
Why Cassie Lang’s recasting isn’t weird
Despite the cries of some die-hard MCU purists, recasting Cassie Lang makes complete sense. Marvel clearly has big plans for Cassie Lang. Given that the MCU release slate is planned decades in advance, having a young actress like Emma Fuhrmann poses a risk — not because of experience, but because if Marvel has an MCU stature or Ant-Girl movie attached sometime after Multiverse Saga, they want a name that is likely to still appear at that time. Fuhrmann is in the early stages of her career and may decide she wants to pursue a craft alongside acting (many young stars do). Kathryn Newton, on the other hand, already has several blockbuster performances under her belt. The chances of her no longer appearing when Cassie Lang’s Ant-Man legacy MCU movie or Disney+ show gets picked up are slim.
While age and experience should never be a barrier in Hollywood, an elevated role for Cassie is in Ant-Man and the Wasp: Quantumania may mean that a more experienced face is simply necessary. Scott was in the Quantum Realm for five years and a lot changed, including Cassie growing into a young woman without him. Scott and Cassie rebuilding the bridge will no doubt make for some emotional viewing. Kathryn Newton is as skilled an actress as she is a successful one. Her performances are consistently solid, outshining even heavyweights like Bill Nighy Detective Pikachu. If the now almost adult Cassie’s role in Ant-Man 3 is as important as casting someone, as Newton suggests, it’s highly likely that audiences will finish the film without being able to imagine anyone else as the future Ant-Girl.
Outside of Kathryn Newton, Cassie Lang is not the first recast in the MCU. Most famously, Edward Norton was Bruce Banner in the 2008s The Incredible Hulk before Mark Ruffalo was recast in the role for The Avengers. James Rhodes, aka War Machine, was only Don Cheadle from Iron Man 2 forward. Primarily Iron Man Rhodey was portrayed by Terrence Howard. Some actors and actresses have also played multiple roles – Gemma Chan was the Kree warrior Minn-Erva in Captain Marvel long before her character Sersi enters The Eternals was even guaranteed an MCU appearance. Then of course there was the infamous Evan Peters Quicksilver WandaVision bait-and-switch, which is easily the weirdest MCU casting controversy yet. All in all, Cassie Lang recasts Ant-Man and the Wasp: Quantumania isn’t the Marvel heresy that some critics online are making it out to be. It makes sense from a production perspective and for the narrative, and it’s not the first time a Marvel character has changed actors.
The Ant-Man 3 trailers show just how central Cassie Lang is
Kathryn Newton’s Cassie Lang — as seen in Ant-Man and the Wasp: Quantumania trailers — is set to play a big role in the events that kick off MCU Phase 5. In fact, it’s Cassie who sends the signal that gets everyone sucked into the Quantum Realm — presumably by either Kang or MODOK. Also, it’s implied in the trailers that Kang will force Scott to choose between the fate of the Multiverse and being with Cassie. Considering what Marvel has revealed about Ant-Man 3, it could even top off with the death of Ant-Man/Scott Lang and the rebirth of Cassie as a stature in the MCU. While it doesn’t, promotional material clearly shows Cassie in her own version of a Pym Particle-powered suit, hinting at big things in her future now that Kathryn Newton is in the role.
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