Who Is the Wasp in Marvel's Cinematic Universe?

Saturday, 01 August 2015 - 8:45AM
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Saturday, 01 August 2015 - 8:45AM
Who Is the Wasp in Marvel's Cinematic Universe?
Marvel has just unveiled the big reveal from the end of Ant-Man for all the world to see: the Wasp is now officially a member of the Marvel Cinematic Universe (MCU). But just who is the Wasp, and what makes the MCU's version different than the Wasp we know from the comics? Here's what you need to know.
 
In the comics, the Wasp is Janet van Dyne, the socialite daughter of a wealthy scientist. She is the crime-fighting partner and eventual wife (and ex-wife) of Hank Pym, the original Ant-Man. She has the ability to shrink, fly, and shoot blasts of her body's own bio-electric energy, which she calls "wasp stings." All of her abilities are the result of Pym's experiments, mostly using the same Pym Particles that give him his Ant-Man abilities.

The Wasp is an important hero in Marvel Comics lore; she is a founding member of the Avengers, she has acted as the team's leader numerous times, and she's even the one who came up with the name "The Avengers." With all she has going for her, it's no wonder the movies have finally decided to give the Wasp her moment in the sun - except that it isn't Janet van Dyne we'll be seeing.
 
In the Ant-Man movie, Janet was the original Wasp in flashbacks, and was the wife and partner of Hank Pym, as she was in the comics. But in the current timeline of the movie, she's dead, or at least trapped in another dimension, and so will not be joining the Avengers anytime soon. But now there's a possibility that someone else will be joining the Avengers: Janet's daughter with Hank Pym, Hope van Dyne, who is revealed at the end of Ant-Man to be the new Wasp. So who's Hope?
 
There is no Hope van Dyne in Marvel Comics, but there is a Hope Pym. She's the daughter of Janet and Hank, but she's no Wasp. Hope is a villain who goes by the ominous name the Red Queen in an alternate future universe, and she forms a team called the Revengers after her parents both die in their duties as Avengers. She uses her parents' technology to replicate her mother's flying and stinging abilities, and faces off against the next generation of Avengers. She considers her nemesis to be Cassie Lang (Scott Lang's daughter from the movie, though she's older in the comics and also has superpowers) because she feels that she should have carried on her parents' legacy as an Avenger. That part definitely sounds like the jealous and resentful Hope we know from the movie!
 
So moving forward in the MCU, Hope van Dyne will be the Wonderful Wasp. We know she'll possess shrinking and flying abilities, and we hope her bio-electric sting makes the cut, too. Marvel has said they have plans for her in a Phase 3 movie, we just don't know which one. We know she won't appear in Captain America: Civil War, so we'll likely see her in either an Ant-Man sequel or Avengers: Infinity War. We're not sure exactly when we'll get to see Hope's Wasp in action, but we're happy just knowing that we will. As she said, "It's about damn time."

Marvel's Ant-Man is now out in theaters.
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