Marvel Announces New Solo Wasp Series As Ant-Man’s Death Looms

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Marvel fans have decided Paul Rudd’s time as Scott Lang/Ant-Man is about to end. Rumors have suggested that Kang the Conqueror (Jonathan Majors) will eliminate the smallest Avenger from Ant-Man and the Wasp: Quantumania on February 17, 2023, to establish himself as a Thanos-level threat before Avengers: Kang Dynasty on May 2, 2025. But the fate of Evangeline Lilly’s Hope van Dyne/Wasp was not discussed.

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Rumors of Scott Lang’s death looming in the Marvel Cinematic Universe stem from his daughter Cassandra Lang/Cassie’s recast, starring Kathryn Newton (Weird) playing a greater role in Quantumania and preparing her to become the Young avenger stature.

Marvel fans have complained that the MCU ignored the original Wasp, Janet van Dyne (Michelle Pfeiffer). Janet is the one who originally gave her name to the Avengers in The Avengers #1 (1963) by Stan Lee and Jack Kirby. But in the Marvel Cinematic Universe, Janet was stuck in the Quantum Realm. When Hope replaced Janet in the MCU, a new Wasp named Nadia van Dyne appeared, and Janet was pushed from the Marvel Comics front line as well.

But all of that is about to change with a new series announced by Marvel.

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Janet van Dyne made her debut in Tales to Astonish #44 (1963) by Stan Lee, HE Huntley and Jack Kirby as Henry “Hank” Pym’s partner, become the wasp to avenge the death of his father, the scientist Vernon van Dyne. Next year will mark 60 years since the iconic character first appeared. And January will mark the very first time that one of the Marvel Universe’s most fundamental characters will have a solo series.

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Arriving in January, WASP will be written by the brains of the Marvel superstar Al Ewing and designed by Kasia Nie, known for her acclaimed work on titles like Mockingbird and Age of Conan: Belit. Like Ewing’s hit Ant-Man series currently on the stands, WASP will pay homage to Janet’s incredible legacy by shedding new light on her savage Silver Age origin, shedding light on her relationship with protected Nadia Van Dyne and paving the way to a bright future! The saga will also lead directly into another Ewing-penned series launching in the new year!

After countless Avengers missions, heartbreaking battles and fabulous costumes, Janet Van Dyne is ready to begin a new chapter in her legendary superhero career! But as she sets out to switch roles among Earth’s Mightiest Heroes, a villain from her past steps out from the shadows to ruin everything she’s worked for. Joined by Nadia Van Dyne, Janet and Nadia team up against a dangerous new organization with shocking ties to both of their stories. As the threat grows more urgent, Janet and Nadia will face a test so great that they could become what they fear most…

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It’s time for Janet van Dyne to have a chance to shine. And that could indicate that her MCU daughter, Hope van Dyne, will play a bigger role in Phases 5 and 6 of the multiverse saga. Ant-Man and the Wasp: Quantumania will see the return of Paul Rudd and Evangeline Lilly as Scott Lang/Ant-Man and Hope van Dyne/Wasp, respectively. While Rudd starred in the first Marvel movie, Lilly got equal billing in the sequel Ant-Man and the Wasp (2018).

MODOK has been confirmed as the villain of Quantumania, and Peyton Reed returns to direct.

Let us know in the comments if you’ll be picking up Wasp’s new solo series.

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