Ant-Man: Will We See The Wasp Take Flight?


(Note: this article contains potential spoilers for Ant-Man, which releases on July 17. If you don’t want to know how certain characters factor into the plot of the film, stop reading now. Otherwise, read on, but be forewarned!)

The Wasp has so far been one of the Marvel heroes to get the shaft in the movie department. Though a founding member of the Avengers in the comics and arguably one of the team’s greatest members of all time, she hasn’t been seen yet in the Marvel Cinematic Universe. Even worse, making Hank Pym an older man in Ant-Man meant that we would probably never see Janet Van Dyne suit up. But that doesn’t mean we won’t see the Wasp, and soon.

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Cinema Blend has gone on the record and said we will definitely see Wasp in Ant-Man, based on comments made by Kevin Fiege last year (and presumably embargoed until now). From the sound of it, we’ll see Jan as the Wasp, and something bad will happen to her, leading Hank to steer his daughter Hope Van Dyne away from becoming a super hero herself. Hence, his desire to seek someone else out to be Ant-Man instead of just keeping the suit in the family.

Here’s what Feige told Cinema Blend:

"It factors in in a number of spoilerish 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 [Hank] doesn’t want his daughter to follow in those footsteps."

The article also says that the door is left open for Hope to get a suit of her own, though it doesn’t go into detail on how that might come about. Easy first guess? The good guys have the Yellowjacket suit under their control after defeating Darren Cross, and it would be easy enough to turn that into a Wasp costume.

That opens up a whole can of worms about whether we should expect to see the new Wasp alongside Ant-Man in Captain America: Civil War and other MCU films, but that’s really getting ahead of ourselves. If Hope is fated to be the Wasp for movie purposes, it’s better than not having such an important Marvel hero represented at all, but still kind of a bummer that we don’t really get to know the original.

Of course, Jan’s always had a knack of avoiding death in the comics even when things looked grim, so you never know …

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