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Wasp (comics)

Janet van Dyne as the Wasp.
Art by J. G. Jones.
Publication information
Publisher Marvel Comics
First appearance Tales to Astonish #44 (June 1963)
Created by Stan Lee
Jack Kirby
In-story information
Alter ego Janet van Dyne
Species Human Mutate
Team affiliations Avengers Unity Squad
Lady Liberators
West Coast Avengers
Mighty Avengers
Partnerships Hank Pym
  • Size manipulation
  • Flight
  • Bio-electric energy blasts
  • Telepathic insect control

Wasp (Janet van Dyne) is a fictional superheroine that appears in comic books published by Marvel Comics. Created by Stan Lee and Jack Kirby, the character first appeared in Tales to Astonish #44 (June 1963).

"The Winsome Wasp", as she is sometimes called, is usually depicted as having the ability to shrink to a height of several centimeters, grow to giant size, fly by means of insectoid wings, and fire bioelectric energy blasts. She is a founding member of the Avengers as well as a long time leader of the team. The codename of "The Wasp" was temporarily used by Hank Pym while Janet was presumed dead.

In May 2011, the Wasp placed 99th on IGN's Top 100 Comic Book Heroes of All Time.[1] The character was ranked 94th in Comics Buyer's Guide's "100 Sexiest Women in Comics" list.[2] In 2013, she was ranked the fifth greatest Avenger of all time by[3]

Publication history

Janet van Dyne debuted in Tales to Astonish #44 (plotted by Stan Lee, scripted by H.E. Huntley, and drawn by Jack Kirby) as Henry "Hank" Pym's partner, becoming the Wasp to avenge the death of her father, scientist Vernon van Dyne. She co-starred in Tales to Astonish from issue #44 to issue #69.

She was a founding member of the Avengers, appearing in the first issue and giving the team its name. It is with the Avengers that Janet became most well-known. At first she was the weak link of the team, but later on became one of the smartest and craftiest of its members. Though she takes leaves of absence throughout the series, she is one of the longest active members and has acted as leader of the team for longer than any other member save for Captain America.

During her absences from the core Avengers book, Janet appeared in various other publications, including appearing as a main character in Marvel Feature issues #6-10. She has also made sporadic guest appearances in various other books, such as Captain America, Iron Man, and Fantastic Four.

Janet became the leader of the Avengers in Avengers vol. 1 #217, a position she held until Avengers vol. 1 #278 save for a brief period where she handed leadership off to the Vision. She then appeared in issue #32 of West Coast Avengers, becoming a full-time member in issue #42.

She made occasional appearances in Avengers vol. 3, returning as an active member of the team in issue #27 before resuming leadership duties. She and Captain America became co-leaders of the team starting in issue #38.

After the events of "Avengers Disassembled", Janet appeared in the limited series Beyond! before rejoining the Avengers in Mighty Avengers vol. 1 #1-11. She was presumed dead during the events of Secret Invasion in 2008. Wasp returned in the Avengers "End Times" storyline that ran from issue #31 (December 2012) to issue #34 (January 2013). She currently appears as a member of the Avengers Unity Squad in Uncanny Avengers.


In his 1970s run on The Avengers, artist George Pérez revamped the character's costume a number of times, having a significant impact on the character's development:

Fictional character biography

The Wasp's first appearance in Tales to Astonish #44.
Art by Jack Kirby.


Janet Van Dyne was born in Cresskill, New Jersey, the socialite daughter of wealthy scientist Vernon van Dyne. When her father is killed by an alien entity unleashed during one of his experiments, Janet turns to his associate Dr. Hank Pym for aid and convinces him to help her. In order to avenge her father’s death, she undergoes a biochemical procedure that grants her the ability to grow wings upon shrinking under four feet tall and uses a supply of “Pym particles” by which to change her size. Together, she and Ant-Man defeat the alien and avenge her father. Janet decides to remain as the Wasp and be Hank’s partner as she has fallen in love with him, though he initially rejects her feelings due to the similarities between her and his first wife, who had been murdered.[5]

During her time as Hank’s partner, she took part in numerous conflicts with villains who included the Porcupine, Egghead, and Whirlwind (then known as the Human Top). Though initially without any offensive powers, Janet proves to be resourceful, using her ability to communicate with insects to fight, as well as using a pin to poke people as means of a weapon. Later, she uses a miniature air gun, the original wasp’s sting.[6]

After the initial confrontation with Loki that brought together the founding Avengers, it is Janet and Hank who propose forming a team of superheroes. Janet suggests the name for the team and becomes a founding member.[7] Never lacking confidence or bravery and by nature an outgoing personality, Janet is always in the thick of battles with villains, who include Norse gods and aliens, despite being the most underpowered member of the team. Janet frequently comments on the attractiveness of her male colleagues, especially Thor, in order to provoke jealousy from Hank and get him to commit to a relationship. Early on in her Avengers career, she is seriously wounded by a stray bullet in battle against Count Nefaria, and nearly dies from a collapsed lung.[8] She leaves the team several issues later.[9] When she returns in Avengers vol. 1 #26, her shrinking powers have progressed to the point where she no longer needs Pym particle capsules to change her size.

The Winsome Wasp depicted by John Buscema as a 1960s glamor girl.

Though Janet hopes on several occasions that her long-term boyfriend, Hank, will propose,[10] their relationship does not move forward to that point until something more dramatic happens. A new vigilante named Yellowjacket breaks into the Avengers mansion, demands to be admitted as a member of the team, claims to have killed Henry Pym, and then kidnaps Janet. Not believing that he has killed Hank, she attempts to find where Yellowjacket is holding him,[11] but instead determines that Yellowjacket is Henry Pym. Before revealing this, and during the period in which Yellowjacket still believes himself to have killed Hank, Janet marries him, though the wedding is disrupted by an attack from the Circus of Crime. During the fight it is revealed that Yellowjacket is Pym.[12]


After another departure from the team, Janet returns briefly and becomes a member of the original Lady Liberators,[13] before once more leaving the team. She becomes temporarily trapped at insect size, and battles Whirlwind, Para-Man, and Dr. Nemesis.[14] She also battles Equinox alongside Spider-Man and Yellowjacket; during this time her powers are augmented to allow her to harness her body's bio-electrical current and fire blasts of energy which she calls her "wasp's stings".[15]

During one of her breaks from active Avengers duty, Janet approaches the team with concerns about her husband, who had suffered a breakdown and attacked his former teammates. In attempting to find a way to help him, she is captured by a brainwashed Hank,[16] and used by Ultron as a template to create Jocasta. She is rescued when Jocasta alerts the Avengers to her location, and Black Panther suggests that the A.I.'s ability to reach out to them was brought about because of Janet's personality breaking through.[17]


Janet discovers that her husband, who had become paranoid, overbearing, and verbally abusive, had concocted a plan to make himself look good in front of his teammates by staging an attack upon them which only he could stop. When she attempts to dissuade him, he strikes her. She divorces him soon after and takes a very brief break from the team.[18]

When Janet returns to the Avengers, she proposes that the team is in need of new leadership and nominates herself for the role of Chairperson. She is elected to the position by Thor, Iron Man, and Captain America.[19] Janet takes to the role naturally, proving to be an efficient and smart leader who is praised by Captain America for her leadership skills. She makes it a point to increase the number of women on the team and recruits She-Hulk and Captain Marvel to the team.

At the same time as taking on leadership of the team, Janet begins to work in earnest at being a professional fashion designer. Part of her friendship with She-Hulk includes designing new clothing for her. She also renews her social life, engaging in a whirlwind romance with Tony Stark before learning that he is Iron Man. She breaks off the relationship, saying that she cannot date a colleague who is also a friend of her ex-husband.[20] Later, she has a relationship with Paladin, though they are often apart due to both of their jobs.

Janet briefly hands leadership of the team off to the Vision,[21] though she quickly resumes the role. The new team line-up proves difficult, and Janet clashes with Hercules, who takes issue with a woman leading. It is during this time that she meets the Space Phantom for the second time and defeats him. During the Secret War, Janet is captured by Magneto, however she turns the situation to her advantage by pretending to be seduced by him, learning his plans, and then defeating him before leaving to alert the Avengers.

During the Under Siege storyline, Janet leads the team during a time where they are attacked from all sides. She defeats Titania and the Absorbing Man, then leads a team against Baron Zemo’s forces to rescue Captain America, the Black Knight, and other team members who have been captured. Shortly after the resolution of this story, she steps down from leadership once more, nominating Monica Rambeau for the position. After leaving the team, she battles the threat of Red Ronin by herself.[22] She later joins the West Coast Avengers.[23] Initially, she still acts as though the team leader, to the chagrin of other West Coast Avengers who desire that role. During this time, she resumes a romantic relationship with Hank.[24] Although she is elected as a regular member of the Avengers West, Janet chooses to become a reserve member.[25]


Several years later, Janet returns to the Avengers, first at reserve status, and later as a full member of the team. During the Destiny War, the Janet of the present becomes the leader of a team of Avengers assembled from different time periods, cited as being chosen due to her "inner strength and flexibility to give the team direction without exerting too much control."[26] After the Destiny War, Janet returns to work with the Avengers once more, taking up leadership of the team and commanding the team through a number of conflicts, including Kang's invasion of Earth.[27]


Janet once more takes up leadership of the Avengers and continues to make sure there is a strong female presence on the team. Under her leadership, the number of women on the team outnumbers the number of men for the first time in Avengers history. Though her relationship with Hank remains strong for some time, she turns down his proposal of remarrying, saying she wouldn't marry him again.[28] During the Lionheart of Avalon storyline, Janet is shown fighting the Wrecking Crew while at giant size, a power she had rarely, if ever, used prior. She is shown to be powerful enough at this size to take down a jet.[29] She has a brief fling with fellow team member Hawkeye.[30]

Avengers Disassembled

While discussing her fling with Hawkeye with the Scarlet Witch, a slightly tipsy Wasp confesses to a pregnancy scare and inadvertently mentions Wanda's own children,[31] whose unnatural existence Agatha Harkness has erased from the Witch's memory. The Wasp's slip of the tongue, combined with the Scarlet Witch's increasingly unstable and growing powers, cause Wanda to suffer a mental breakdown which leads to the events of Avengers Disassembled. Janet is knocked into a coma by a rampaging She-Hulk during an attack on Avengers Mansion by the Scarlet Witch. Hank watches over her in the hospital, and when she recovers, they reconcile. The two retire from the Avengers in order to pursue a new life together in Oxford.[32]


Janet is pulled into space and placed in a situation where she is expected to fight to the death with other heroes and villains. Instead of following the wishes of the Stranger—who they thought to be the Beyonder—Janet falls into the leadership position for the group, giving tactical orders in battle and calling upon her years of experience with the Avengers to handle the threats thrown at them. After tension between her and her ex-husband, Janet explains to Medusa why she can't reconcile with him, despite an attempt to do so while in London. Upon learning that the Space Phantom has taken on the form of Spider-Man, Janet leads the group against him and keeps one of the team from being trapped in limbo when the Space Phantom attempts to take his form.[33]

Civil War

Main article: Civil War (comics)

During the superhuman Civil War, Janet is pro-registration and suggests that they push forward the fifty-state initiative to get things under control after the Thor-Clone kills Bill Foster, an event which she is very upset by.[volume & issue needed] She also becomes the host of a pro-registration reality show called America's Newest Superhero.[34]

Mighty Avengers

Janet is selected as a member of the Mighty Avengers by Carol Danvers and Tony Stark as part of the Fifty State Initiative.[35] During its attempt to destroy humanity, she correctly determines that Ultron has taken over Iron Man's body.[36] When alien symbiotes attack New York, Janet uses a refined growth formula given to her by Hank Pym—who, unbeknownst to her, is actually a Skrull impostor—which allows her to shift to giant-size without side effects. During the beginning of the fight, she is briefly turned into a symbiote monster before a cure is created by Stark.[37]

Secret Invasion

Main article: Secret Invasion

Janet is among the Mighty Avengers who are fighting heroes from the Skrull ship. She is later seen with the rest of the Avengers heading to New York to confront the Skrulls. While fighting the Skrulls, the true purpose of the serum that the Skrull Hank Pym has given her is revealed. After Queen Veranke is thought to be dead, Skrull Pym presses a button that makes Janet increase in size rapidly. She realizes that the "new" particles Pym has given her are turning her into a bio-bomb. Janet is seen growing to a huge size, emitting lethal amounts of black-purple energy, and about to explode. Janet tries to flee the battlefield, trying to take as many Skrulls with her as possible. Thor uses his enchanted hammer Mjolnir to create a spatial warp in order to save both the heroes and the city, apparently dispersing her into nothingness. Thor is devastated by the act and vows to avenge her.[38] After accepting her death, Hank Pym resolves to take up his fallen ex-wife's mantle and becomes the Wasp.[39]


Following the Avengers vs. X-Men storyline, it is revealed that Janet has not died after all, but has been shunted into a Microverse by Thor's spatial warp in the same spot that she appears to have died in Secret Invasion. Using her Avengers communication card she is able to send a signal with help from a local being called Cru-Sani. Giant Man, Captain America, Thor, and Iron Man go into the Microverse to rescue her and find her alive and fighting against an evil despot, Lord Gouzar, who has conquered the Microverse. After defeating Lord Gouzar and liberating the Microverse from his tyranny, Janet and her fellow Avengers return to their normal universe.[40]

Following a brief hiatus, Janet returns to the team as a member of the Avengers Unity Squad. In addition to serving on the roster, she privately funds the team in order to avoid the problems that would come with government sponsorship.[41] During the events of Inhumanity, Janet returns to the Microverse to rescue a family who has been pulled there through a newly awakened Inhuman's powers. There she confronts Gouzar once more, before returning to normal space.[42] In the Avengers Unity Squad's fight with the Horsemen of Death, the Wasp defeats both the resurrected Banshee and Sentry, utilizing both her ability to grow to giant size as well as her ability to control insect life.[43] After the team is defeated and the Earth destroyed, Wasp is the last surviving human and begins a romance with Havok, with whom she has a daughter named Katie. Years later on Planet X, she is captured when she and Havok destroy a tachyon dam preventing time travel to their era.[volume & issue needed] They are able to undo the destruction of Earth by forming an alliance with Kang and projecting their minds back into their past selves (physical time-travel still being impossible) but Kang takes their daughter to a place outside of time to 'protect' her from the changes in history,[44] Kang subsequently attempts to use Katie as a hostage to force Havok to stop attacking him when he tries to take the Celestial power for himself, departing with Katie as his prisoner.[45] Although Alex is left disfigured after the battle, he and Janet remain together. They are contacted by Immortus, who informs them that he can return their daughter to them if they take action at the right time and place to conceive her, but he also warns them about the imminent threat posed by the Red Skull.[46] After the Red Skull's actions cause all heroes and villains present at his defeat to undergo a 'moral inversion',[47] Alex attempts to argue for Janet's life as the X-Men prepare to detonate a gene bomb that will destroy all non-mutants in the blast radius, but accepts the decision nevertheless.[48] After Carnage sacrifices himself to contain the blast,[49] Alex attempts to take credit for it, but Janet sees through his deception. Although the inversion is undone, the two separate for good when Alex is one of three characters- the other two being Iron Man and Sabretooth- to remain in their new state.[50]

Powers and abilities

Making use of the cellular implantation of sub-atomic Pym particles, the Wasp possesses the power to alter her physical size, causing her body's mass to be shunted to or gained from an alternate dimension known as Kosmos. She is able to shrink to a minimum of several centimeters or grow to a maximum of several hundred feet. Smaller or larger sizes are possible but the exertion puts a strain on her body. Initially, these abilities stem from use of a Pym particle gas released from special capsules, and later biochemical augmentation by Henry Pym. Over time, however, her body absorbs enough particles to cause cellular mutation due to repeated exposure to Pym particles, allowing her to alter her size at will.

At miniature size, her strength level increases as her body's mass is compacted. At giant size, her strength and endurance increase geometrically with her height, reaching superhuman levels. Despite the advantages of giant size, Janet usually prefers to remain the diminutive Wasp, calling on her growth power only in times of extreme emergency.

At miniature size, the Wasp grows a pair of translucent insect wings from her back, a result of genetic modifications provided by Hank Pym. These grant her the power of flight, at speeds up to Script error: No such module "convert"..

The Wasp is able to harness and augment her body's natural bio-electric energy, releasing it from her hands in powerful electrical force bursts, which she calls her "stinger blasts", "stingers", or "wasp's stings". Originally, she requires special wrist devices to produce these, but again, Pym particle absorption allows her to create the ability unaided.

The Wasp's genetic modifications also grant her the ability to sprout small prehensile antennae from her temples which allowed her to telepathically communicate with and control insects. However, this is an ability she rarely uses.

Van Dyne displays several non-superhuman abilities that garner her special fame and attention, foremost of which is her fashion sense; in nearly all of her early appearances, she sports a new costume, presumably designed and manufactured on her own as she is a gifted fashion designer. She is also a skilled amateur screenwriter. The Wasp is trained in unarmed combat by Captain America and in combat utilizing her special powers by Henry Pym. In addition, the Wasp is one of the most intuitive, if not deductive, members of the Avengers, and is an experienced leader and strategist. She effectively determines that a chemical accident has created a schizophrenic break in Henry Pym[51] and that the relationship between the Scarlet Witch and the Vision is the result of the infused personality of Wonder Man,[volume & issue needed] and guesses the identity of Iron Man when Tony Stark fakes his own death.[volume & issue needed]

Reception and legacy

IGN ranked Wasp as the 99th greatest comic book hero of all time, stating that she remained one of the core Avengers members for much of the franchise's history.[1]

In 2013, ranked Wasp as the fifth greatest Avenger of all time, saying that "she not only became chairperson of the Avengers, but perhaps the most potent and resourceful leader Earth’s Mightiest Heroes had ever seen." [3]

Other versions


In the alternate future of the "MC2" universe, Henry and Janet give birth to two children: Hope Pym (Red Queen) and Henry Pym, Jr. (Big Man). Giant-Man later perishes on the last mission of the original Avengers, and the Wasp dies of a broken heart. Her parents' deaths motivate Red Queen to form the Revengers. Big Man, a one-time member, however, joins a government reform team.[volume & issue needed]

Marvel Adventures

Janet Van Dyne as Giant-Girl. From Marvel Adventures: The Avengers #13 (July 2007). Art by Leonard Kirk

The Marvel Adventures: The Avengers series (set in its own continuity) features Janet Van Dyne as Giant-Girl, showcasing her ability to grow rather than shrink, which she uses in combat. She is younger than her main universe counterpart and she cracks jokes along with her teammate Spider-Man. Issue 13 of the series reveals her origin as a wealthy socialite given access to size-changing Pym particles by scientist Henry Pym (here an employee of Janet's father, rather than a superhero). Her maximum size is unknown, but she grows tall enough to catch a school. Instead of having her powers naturally, Janet requires a suit powered by Pym particles to change her size. Like her Earth-616 counterpart, Janet seems to change her costume regularly. The first costume is purple and black with a mask adorned with antennae that looks remarkably similar to the Giant-Man costume worn by Hank Pym in the mainstream universe. This costume allows her to grow while having the added effect of letting her control insects (though she never uses this power). This costume is later destroyed, and Janet wears a second costume that does not include a mask, as her secret identity had been revealed. Finally, Janet gains a third suit that allows her to both grow and shrink, with the suit changing in appearance depending on her size. While using this suit to shrink, she calls herself Wasp and has powers similar to her mainstream counterpart, such as flight, proportionally superhuman strength, and the ability to project bio-electrical stings. A recent preview of Marvel Adventures: the Avengers #19 has shown her wearing a costume which is primarily blue but has gold-yellow accents. Whether this costume increases her maximum size is yet to be seen. She also mentions that she has at least two brothers, although they have never been seen or given any names (see Marvel Adventures: The Avengers #3).

Marvel Zombies

The Marvel Zombies series features an alternate Wasp as one of the main characters. She is now a zombie, another victim of the virus that has infected nearly all her world's superhumans. After Earth's human population is almost entirely devoured, Wasp is one of the zombies who finally kills (and consumes) Magneto.[volume & issue needed]

Around this time, Wasp is part of a sub-team that makes its way to the Marvel Apes universe. A collection of heroes manages to reverse the dimensional tear and send them back, but not before Wasp secretly infects the local version of Iron Man, Iron Mandrill.[52]

The Wasp then discovers that Hank Pym has kept a secret food supply—a sedated and maimed Black Panther, held prisoner in Hank's lab. She confronts Hank, but he decapitates her by increasing in size and biting her head off in the struggle that follows. When the Black Panther later escapes the lab, he also takes the Wasp's head—still alive, but helpless. He eventually reaches safety, encountering Magneto's surviving Acolytes. The Acolytes announce that they will study the Wasp, seeking a cure for the virus.[53]

An epilogue, five years later, shows the Wasp exploring the deserted Earth alongside the Acolytes. Her severed head is now sealed within a liquid-filled helmet, controlling a robotic body.[volume & issue needed]

Forty years later in "Marvel Zombies 2", her head is fixed on a more advanced machine with her head exposed to the air. She also develops romantic feelings toward one of the Acolyte survivors, a scientist named Reynolds. As she indicates, forty years with the Acolytes is far longer than the time she has spent with Hank. At one point, the two share a kiss.[53]

A long period without feeding seems to have cured her completely of the hunger. Now Black Panther's adviser and friend, she is forced to infect him when an Acolyte assassin attempts to kill him. This incident is orchestrated by Malcolm Cortez, the son of Fabian Cortez, who wants to take leadership from Black Panther. When the hunger resurfaces, she nearly eats Panther's wife before being stopped by him. Instead, they eat the assassin and they state they will go into isolation in order to control their hunger. This is a success. Multiple powered zombies soon threaten the colony. Wasp fights alongside Panther, Hawkeye (who had also been decapitated and inhabits Janet's own former cybernetic body), Forge, and a reformed Luke Cage and Spider-Man to save the people of New Wakanda from Firelord, Giant Man, Wolverine, Gladiator, Hulk, Jean Grey, and Iron Man, who are seeking to finish off humanity and retain the inter-dimensional portal so they can enter a new universe. Eventually the zombies discover, as Janet has, that the hunger fades with time, and they stop their rampage only to have their numbers halved by the Hulk. Janet, along with the other remaining zombies (the new Colonel America, Spider-Man, Luke Cage, Giant Man, Wolverine, and Black Panther), end up teleported to another universe by Malcolm Cortez.[54]

The Wasp ends in the dimension of 'Earth Z'. She leads an alien invasion of the zombie-infected Earth in an effort to quash the flesh-eating threat. She fails at this and is destroyed.[55]


Janet is shown as a member of the Avengers and aids them during the battle with Starro. She also gives Iron Man the idea to create a dimensional alarm and rallies other Avengers to defend the artifacts. After the final battle in the Savage Land against the Justice League, Janet ends up as an Avenger in the new merged world that the villain Krona created and is unaware of the changes. In this world she and Hank are good friends with Elongated Man and his wife Sue Dibny. When the two teams decide to team up against Krona, the Wasp fights alongside the Avengers until the battle is over.[56]

Deathlok Wasp

During the period when Janet is presumed dead, a cyborg version of the Wasp appears in the Core, an underground city populated by robots.[57] During a battle between the Descendants (the residents of the Core) and the Secret Avengers, Hawkeye encounters the cyborg Wasp. He muses that the cyborg must have been the reanimated corpse of Janet, and finds himself unable to harm her.[58] This Wasp is later revealed to be from an alternate future where most of Earth's superheroes had been killed and rebuilt using Deathlok technology. After the death of her timeline's version of Hank Pym, the Deathlok Wasp attempts to kidnap and assimilate his Earth-616 counterpart.[59]

Ultimate Marvel

The Ultimate Marvel incarnation of Wasp is Janet Pym, a 26-year-old mutant and a member of the Ultimates.[60][61] She holds two Ph.D.s (one known to be in molecular biology[62]) and is portrayed as being of Asian descent.[63][64] She is moderately fluent in German.

Her mutant status remains hidden from the public but is known by Henry "Hank" Pym and S.H.I.E.L.D.. She can generate a glittering wasp-like sting which she discharges through her hands.[61][65][66] Her bio-electric blast, when applied from within the ear to the brain, reverts the Hulk to Bruce Banner during his New York massacre.[65] Side-effects of her insectoid genetics include the occasional consumption of bugs, forming her own larval nests, and laying egg-like constructs.[61] During her college years, she shares a room with Betty Ross and starts seeing Henry. He is abusive to her early in their relationship and during college is known to have hit her at least twice, putting her head through a door on one occasion and splitting the roof of her mouth on another. Betty can also recall instances where Janet is missing chunks of hair. Janet also suffers from severe bulimia prior to joining the Ultimates.[67]

Hank's attempts at change through medication and enlistment in the Ultimates does not improve his behavior. As a result of his humiliating loss against Hulk and simmering jealousy of Janet's friendship with Captain America, Hank and Janet fight viciously until Janet resorts to stinging him and Hank commands an army of ants against her. Janet is found in a state of anaphylactic shock, caused by receiving multiple ant stings she has received while at wasp-size. Captain America, upon learning of Hank's violence, tracks him down and beats him unconscious. Captain America's visits to Janet after the fight leave her exasperated and angry, stemming from embarrassment of her personal life becoming public.[68] After stopping the Chitauri invasion, Captain America and Wasp reconcile as friends and slowly start dating, despite Hank's attempts at making amends. On one of their secret meetings, Janet later confesses to Hank, now classified as a security risk by S.H.I.E.L.D., that the generation gap between Captain America and herself, along with the elderly status of his friends, put a large strain on their relationship. She walks out on Steve and meets up with Hank in a bar.[69]

The invasion of America by the Liberators fails to take Wasp into account. They discount the possibility that someone whose only ability is to make herself "smaller and weaker" could be a threat. By the time they find her, Wasp has made her way to the cells in the Triskelion, where Captain America is being held under suspicion of murdering Hawkeye's entire family. Soldiers working for the Liberators enter his cell and find two metahuman signatures. At first, Wasp is easily subdued, but they fail to realize that she has already liberated her boyfriend. Captain America easily beats the Schizoid Man, but stops fighting when several super soldiers threaten to tear Wasp apart. However, Wasp surprises them all by using her stinging powers at her normal size for the first time, killing or incapacitating all the super soldiers at once.[70] At some point, Hank gives Wasp a dose of the Giant-Man Serum, giving her the power to grow to gigantic proportions. Larger in size, Janet helps turn the tide in favor of American forces and crushes Swarm with one stomp of her foot. It's unknown whether she can grow at will or whether this is a one-off experience.[71]

Wasp is the new leader/co-leader with Captain America of the team in The Ultimates 3 miniseries, and now sports a crimson-and-gold outfit and a mask, similar to her 616 counterpart. She begins to reconcile with Hank (under his new identity "Yellowjacket"), and later with the Ultimates and Wolverine stops the plans of Ultron.[72] She and Hawkeye frequently clash thanks to his almost suicidal nature after his family is killed.[73] After the flood from the Ultimatum Wave, Wasp is missing. Both Hank and Hawkeye search for her. Hawkeye finds Wasp being eaten by the Blob (the comic came out one month after her mainstream Marvel Universe counterpart's apparent death).[74] Hank tells Hawkeye and Iron Man to take Wasp's body to his lab and activate "the Jocasta project".[75]

When Thor gives a eulogy at Spider-Man's funeral, Wasp is seen by Spider-Man, dining in Valhalla with other deceased superheroes.[76]

In Ultimate Comics: Avengers, a new incarnation called Red Wasp as a member of the Avengers.[77] She appears to have the same powers as her predecessor.

In other media


Wasp, from The Avengers: United They Stand episode "What a Vision Has to Do".
  • Wasp makes a cameo in the Fantastic Four episode "To Battle the Living Planet".
  • Wasp appears in the animated series The Avengers: Earth's Mightiest Heroes, voiced by Colleen O'Shaughnessey.[79] She is the only character who is a member of the Avengers throughout the entire series. She has a flighty and flirty personality reminiscent of her early days in the comics. Her teammates sometimes underestimate her but over the course of the series (as in the comics) she proves her dedication to the team as well as her potential as a hero. She also has a relationship with Ant-Man (Hank Pym) that is similar to their comic counterparts. Despite her flirty personality she is always supportive and dedicated to him and is the one who tries the hardest to keep him on the team with her. Her costume is a black and yellow skirt with a yellow antenna-like head piece.


Video games


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