Who is the Wasp AKA Janet Van Dyne?

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Who is Wasp

Janet Van Dyne is a super hero who uses pym particles to give her similar powers as Ant-Man.  She is a longtime member and founder of the Avengers and former wife of the original Ant-Man, Hank Pym.  Janet is credited with coming up with the name the, "Avengers".  Hope Van Dyne will take over the mantle the Wasp in the film Ant-Man and Wasp.  Hope Van Dyne is played by actress Evangeline Lilly.

Alias: Wasp

Real Name:  Janet Van Dyne, Hope Van Dyne

First Appearance:
Tales to Astonish #44

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Janet Van Dyne is a wealthy debutant living luxuriously off the fortune of her father, the renowned scientist Vernon van Dyne.  When an alien kills her father she contacts her friend Hank Pym to help her get justice for her father.  Hank reveals his identity as Ant-Man to Janet.  He then sets her up to undergo a biological process using his famous pym particles.  This process allows Janet to not only shrink to the size of an insect but to also grow wings.  The two insect size super heroes battle and defeat the alien that killed her father.

Hank and Janet become crime fighting partners using the guises of Ant-Man and Wasp.  As their crime fighting career goes on the two begin developing strong feelings for one another.  The two partners along with the heroes Hulk, Thor and Iron Man form the super hero team the Avengers.  Janet coined the name the Avengers as the name of the Super Team.  Janet and Hank are also present when they find the frozen body of Captain America and revive the WW2 hero.  While on the Avengers super team Janet is known for using her skill as a fashion designer to develop new costumes.  She also often makes comments about the other male members to try to make Hank jealous.  Her primary reason for fighting crime at this time is to try to gain the attention of Hank.

After battling a huge assortment of bad guys, both Janet and Hank decide to hang up their crime fighting identities for a time.  Hank pursues science and Janet her fashion career.  Janet succeeds in creating a successful fashion line.  The two are pulled back into the super hero world when Attuma kidnaps Janet and it is up Hank to save her.  The two rejoin the Avengers.

Hank grows mentally unstable over the guilt of creating the robotic menace, Ultron.  However, Janet continues to have feelings for him.  After being exposed to various gases in a lab experiment Hank experiences a schizophrenic, inhibitions reducing, psychic break with himself.  He feels that he is a new person and has actually killed the old Hank Pym.  He takes on the name of Yellow Jacket and kidnaps Janet and proposes marriage to her.  Janet realizes that Hank is not really Hank but she also is somewhat flattered and enjoys Hank without his inhibitions.  Eventually, Hank is snapped out of his funk and returns to normal.  However, Janet accepts the proposal for marriage and Hank does not retract it.

The marriage of the two is initially happy.  However, Hank continues to emotionally degrade into a deep depressive state.  This eventually leads Hank to become verbally and later physically abusive toward Janet.  The abuse comes to an apex when Hank becomes overly aggressive during an Avengers mission.  Captain America wants to hold a trial to kick Hank out of the Avengers.  Hank devises a scheme to create a robot with a hidden weakness to attack the Avengers.  He reasons that once he exploits the weakness in front of the rest of the Avengers he will be seen as a hero again and welcomed back.  Janet is appalled by this plan and tries to stop him however, he very forcefully strikes her.  Hank's plan totally implodes and ends with him being kicked out of the Avengers and divorced by Janet.

Overtime Janet has evolved into an intellectual and savvy leader of the Avengers.  Perhaps due to her own maturity (Or changes in how female characters are written) she is now emotionally deeper and less obsessed with the whims of the men around her.  She is shown as being more heroic, and self sacrificing,   She has had other relationships with other characters over this time like Hawkeye ,Paladin and Black Knight.

As part of the West Coast Avengers Janet found herself once again working with Hank Pym.  Hank had returned to mental stability and the two rekindled their love.  However, this time Janet turned down Hank's marriage proposal.  The two have had continued on and off again relationship but have never remarried.

Janet was seemingly killed during the Skrull invasion.  She was infected with a serum that forced her to grow huge and become transfused with massive amounts of energy.  Thor was able to save Earth by absorbing the energy but Janet was seemingly killed.

Later the Avengers learn that she was not killed in the explosion.  She was only shrunk and sent to the Microverse where she was later retrieved by the Avengers.  She continues to battle evil as an Avenger.

Janet's powers are very similar to those of Ant-Man
She can shrink in size using Pym Particles
Flight through grown wings from mutation from Pym Particles
Wasp Stings - Can fire energy blasts from wrists using device created by Hank Pym.

Similar to Hank Pym she has also used Pym Particles to grow in size instead of shrink from time to time.


Evangeline Lilly plays Hope Van Dyne who will wear the Wasp suit in the film Ant-Man and Wasp.  Here character was introduced in the film Ant-Man but did not have the opportunity to wear the suit in that film.  Hope Van Dyne is the daughter of Hank Pym and Janet Van Dyne.  An unknown tragedy occured to Janet that caused Hank to stop wearing the suit.  Hank kept the suit and showed to Hope at the end of Ant-Man.

Evangilne Lilly shared a photo of her ripped arms the day before shooting began on the Ant-Man and Wasp.

Janet Van Dyne?
Janet Van Dyne will appear in some fashion in the MCU film Ant-Man.  This appearance may be very short and may be used to explain why Hank Pym no longer wears the suit he created.

In an interview with Screen Rant Fiege revealed some facts about the MCU version of Janet Van Dyne:

"It factors in, in a number of spoiler-ish ways, but we will see Janet Van Dyne in action in this film, ....and part of sort of what happened to her. And then we will understand why that is the reason that he doesn’t want his daughter to follow in those footsteps. One of the reasons why he’s always so upset about superheroes in general, dismissive of them in general and also a reason why he doesn’t want her to put on the suit."

Fiege goes on to explain that this tragedy what ever it is explains why Hank Pym has reached out to Scott Lang in the first place.

" Because another very logical question in the movie is, why are you hiring this ex-con to put on your suit and do this? The answer is, because he has abilities in cracking security networks and in pulling off heists that nobody else has. Which is really why he needs to do it. But Hope is infinitely more capable of actually being a superhero in the beginning of this film, and we learn sort of that that’s ultimately when Hank reveals for the first time for the audience, and even the first time to Hope, what actually happened in the past and why he’s so nervous about putting on that suit. But there are things that we see towards the end of the film that indicate she could, she could get one of her own."

This seems to indicate that Hope van Dyne could suit up as the Wasp in a later Marvel film.

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