Long time Marvel fans have always felt a little uneasy about the exclusion of both Ant-Man and the Wasp from the MCU, since both were founding members of the Avengers. This anxiety was compounded when a solo Ant-Man film was announced without any mention of Janet Van Dyne. Well let your nerd fears be quelled, internet – looks like we’ll get to see the Wasp afterall!
MTV news is reporting per MCU bigwig Kevin Fiege that audiences will see the Wasp in their upcoming release, Ant-Man this July. “She factors in a number of spoiler-ish ways” says Fiege, “but we will see Janet Van Dyne in action in this film, and sort of what happened to her.” Many spoiler theorists have pointed at Janet not having survived an altercation early on in the film, leading to husband Hank Pym‘s abandoning of his work. This would add up, especially if that’s what drives a wedge between Pym and his daughter, Hope Van Dyne played by Lost alumni Evangeline Lily. “Hope and her father don’t get along very well,” says Lily, “and they haven’t for many years, for most of her life.”
For our readers who are mostly unfamiliar with Janet Van Dyne, she first appeared Tales to Astonish #44 in 1963, as well as the debut Avengers comic, actually naming the team herself. Besides Captain America, she has acted as the team leader the longest throughout the series. In addition to being a badass fighter, and the most fashion foward of the Avengers, Janet can fly, shoot bio-electric blasts, maniuplate her size (um, hello Giant Girl!) and control insects telepathically. She’s had prominent roles in several Marvel event series including Avengers Disassembled, and Secret Invasion. After the Avengers vs. X-Men storyline, its’ revealed (spoilers!) that she’s been living in a microverse, later joining the Avengers Unity Squad.
While we’re excited to see how Ant-Man can add to the tapestry of Phase 3 MCU, it’s a shame we won’t see Janet Van Dyne in action throughout the franchise especially on the heels of that whole “Marvel can’t make superhero movies for women” debacle, which included some dissapointing emails. You never know, maybe we’ll see her in Agent Carter! Peggy could use some badass backup in the foundation of S.H.I.E.L.D. – we can hope, right? (puns always intended)
Ant-Man opens nationwide on July 17th, 2015 in 3D and IMAX 3d.