(SPOILERS FOR THE AVENGERS COMIC BOOKS, 2008-2012)
Earlier this month, Marvel Studios released the character posters for Ant-Man and the Wasp. Of particular interest is Michelle Pfeiffer’s poster. Pfeiffer plays Janet van Dyne, Hank Pym’s wife, Hope van Dyne’s mother, and the first hero to be called the Wasp.
THE ANT-MAN MOVIE
The first Ant-Man movie stated the Wasp had died a hero. She shrunk to subatomic size to stop a nuclear missile. Hank Pym said she was lost in the subatomic realm and presumed dead. The poster shows Janet with long grey hair and tattered a costume. Therefore, she is alive and coming back.
But what happened to Janet? How did she survive for decades by herself? Marvel Studios often pulls their larger movie ideas from the original comics. Thus, the solution may lie in the comic books.
MARVEL’S SECRET INVASION
In 2008, Janet van Dyne, the original Wasp, is killed at the end of Marvel’s Secret Invasion. The invading Skrulls treacherously turned the Wasp’s size-changing powers into a bomb. Janet grew into a radioactive colossus. The Asgardian hero Thor used his magic hammer Mjolnir to banish Janet into nothingness.
THE RETURN OF THE WASP
In 2012, Marvel comic readers found out the Wasp is alive! Mjolnir pushed Janet into the Microverse. A micro universe. Another universe inside our universe. She survived among the tiny civilizations that inhabit the sub atomic realm. Janet survived like Rey from Star Wars: The Force Awakens. Or Oliver Queen on the CW’s Arrow television show.
The Wasp scavenged alien technology and signaled the Avengers. When Ant-Man, Captain America, Iron Man, and Thor shrank down to rescue her, their Earth technology faltered in the Microverse. Then they were attacked by the alien warlord Gouzar. He’s like Darth Vader or the Shredder, but with gold armor and a centaur’s body.
The Wasp ends up saving her rescuers when their Earth technology falters in the Microverse. The Avenger’s second battle with the warlord went much better. Gouzar and his army are defeated. Janet and the rest of the Avenger’s go home and party.
THE MICROVERSE VS THE QUANTUM REALM
In the Ant-Man movie, the comic books’ Microverse is called the Quantum Realm. When the new Ant-Man Scott Lang travels through the Quantum Realm to stop the villainous Yellowjacket, the Quantum Realms is a seemingly empty space. In the comic books, the Microverse is home to many different universes. Millions of alien civilizations rise and fall in-between the atoms of our world.
JANET VAN DYNE’S ADVENTURES?
Based on the poster and the Wasp’s comic book history, Ant-Man and the Wasp’s Janet van Dyne may have been on several adventures in the Quantum Realm. The poster shows the Wasp found materials to make alterations to her costume. Therefore, she didn’t just float around in space like Scott Lang did in the first movie. Did she find a deserted island like Tom Hank’s in Castaway? Or did Janet she find new friends and enemies while going on an epic odyssey across the Quantum Realm?
Ant-Man and the Wasp is released in theaters July 6, 2018