Kevin Feige Confirms that Janet van Dyne Will Appear in Ant-Man
Yo, Marvel, way to completely ignore the character WHO GAVE THE AVENGERS THEIR NAME. #JanetVanCrime— Anna (@annadelphia) July 27, 2014
I don't understand the reasoning for erasing Janet. Only thing it's telling us is you have reached your female quota #JanetVanCrime— Nina Fragale (@Nlfragale) July 27, 2014
Wasp is a scientist and a superhero. Leaving her out is denying girl knowledge that they can achieve greatness everywhere. #JanetVanCrime— hannah. (@hannahhisdead) July 27, 2014
But now, it seems that Janet van Dyne will, in fact, make an appearance in Ant-Man, albeit in a very small cameo that may not assuage fans' concerns. Slashfilm visited the set, and claimed that Marvel's Kevin Feige confirmed Wasp's presence in the movie:
Everyone on set was vague about it but Feige confirmed Wasp is in the movie in some form and we might even see her in a suit.
They went on to clarify that they aren't sure whether Wasp will appear as Janet van Dyne, or whether Lilly's Hope van Dyne will become a new version of Wasp. But Collider claims that on their set visit, Feige confirmed that it will be Janet appearing in a small role:
Possible spoilers ahead!
Perhaps the biggest thing I learned on the set visit is that Hank Pym's wife, Janet Van Dyne, will make an appearance in the movie... In Ant-Man, we see her briefly, although they didn't cast a name actress for the role because you only get a close-up on her eyes. Wasp, who is Pym's wife in the movie, appears in a flashback, and while we don't know if she dies or gets lost in the microverse, Pym blames S.H.I.E.L.D. and resents superheroes. It's a clever motivation for why Pym hasn't been active as a superhero for decades, and it also explains why Wasp isn't a main character in the movie.
This doesn't really seem to fix the perceived "erasure" of a founding member of the Avengers, as they still chose Hank Pym to have an active role in the film rather than Janet van Dyne. Most likely, they are planning on including some version of Wasp in their Avengers roster at some point, but it's easier to include Evangeline Lilly in the MCU than any actress who's over 40, leading to these plot contortions.
Lilly's statements to Slashfilm didn't confirm, but heavily implied that she will take on the Wasp suit at some point:
Lilly wouldn't say if Hope becomes the Wasp by the end of the film, but she said that "Marvel made her physically capable" and that "almost" all of her action was based in reality, not on green screen. She didn't say "all" of it. But she did say she signed a multi-picture deal.
Ant-Man comes out in theaters on July 17.