|For other uses, see Wasp (disambiguation)|
Hope van Dyne is the daughter of Hank Pym and Janet van Dyne, and a former board member of Pym Technologies. When Darren Cross attempted to create and sell a new weapon based on her father's Ant-Man Suit, van Dyne reunited with her father and, along with Scott Lang who succeeded Hank as Ant-Man, was able to defeat Cross. After these events, Pym found the possibility of saving his wife due to Lang's first experience in the Quantum Realm, from which van Dyne was finally being offered by her father a suit that belonged her mother, to become the new holder of the mantle of Wasp.
Over the course of another year, van Dyne would train alongside Lang, while forming a romantic relationship with him, up until the point he joined Captain America's side during the Clash of the Avengers, which resulted in her and her father being wanted by the FBI. Two years later, van Dyne, Pym, and Lang successfully managed to retrieve her mother from the Quantum Realm and also faced Ava Starr when she became a threat to their planes of rescue. Van Dyne also reconciled with Lang and resumed her their relationship.
Alongside her parents, van Dyne was among the random people who turned to ashes following Thanos' success in assembling his Infinity Gauntlet and wiping out half the population. During the Battle of Earth, van Dyne was resurrected, along with all the other victims of the Snap in 2023, where she aided the Avengers in defeating Thanos and his army. After Thanos' army was disintegrated, van Dyne attended Tony Stark's funeral with Lang and her parents and later returned home to San Francisco to celebrate their victory with Cassie Lang.
Hope van Dyne was born to scientists Hank Pym and Janet van Dyne, who were also S.H.I.E.L.D. operatives codenamed Ant-Man and the Wasp, respectively. Van Dyne was more connected to her mother and loved playing games with her, especially hide and seek, in which van Dyne would always hide in the wardrobe. Whenever Pym and Janet had to go on missions, they would leave van Dyne at home with her nanny, Rose, while they were gone, telling their daughter they were going on business trips.
Losing her Mother
One night, Hank Pym and Janet van Dyne had to go stop a missile attack, so they left van Dyne with Rose. But before they left, van Dyne woke up and saw them about to leave. Janet then told van Dyne that they were going on a "business trip", which would be really boring without her, then acted like she fell asleep, cheering van Dyne up before they had to leave. Unfortunately, the missile was launched and was made of titanium and the only way to disable the missile was to go Subatomic.
Pym tried to do this, but his regulator was damaged so Janet decided to do it, asking Pym to tell van Dyne she loved her before shrinking all the way to the Quantum Realm, presumably forever. Van Dyne's relationship with her father, Hank Pym, became distant after her mother was lost; instead of comforting his seven-year-old daughter, Pym became lost in his own grief and sent van Dyne away to boarding school.
Work at Pym Tech
Voting Out Hank Pym
In adulthood, van Dyne worked her way up to becoming chairperson of the board of directors at Pym Technologies, where she cast the deciding vote that ousted Hank Pym from the company. She then proceeded to work at Cross Technologies as Darren Cross' assistant. However, Van Dyne discovered he was attempting to replicate her father's designs for the Ant-Man Suit, intending to sell it to HYDRA. Fearing the consequences, Van Dyne contacted her father and convinced him to assist her in stopping Cross.
Darren Cross' Presentation
When Darren Cross organized a presentation of his Yellowjacket Suit to potential investors, Van Dyne attended and greeted Hank Pym when he arrived, although she refused to call him "Dad" and instead referred to him as "Doctor Pym". Van Dyne stayed close as Cross presented the armor and its abilities. Once it was over, she spoke to Pym about their plan to stop Cross, and Pym revealed that he had found a person who could assist them in their mission. Van Dyne attempted to push for Pym to allow her to complete the mission herself but he refused to allow her to take the same risks that her mother had taken.
Dinner with Cross
To celebrate his success, Darren Cross invited van Dyne to dinner at a restaurant. There, Cross began to rant about both of their fractured relationships with Hank Pym before van Dyne toasted to Cross' accomplishments, preaching that Cross deserved everything that was coming to him.
Recreating Pym Particles
- "I thought we were using mice?"
"What’s the difference? Commence experiment 34C, organic atomic reduction."
"Darren, maybe we should think..."
- ―Hope van Dyne and Darren Cross
Back at Pym Technologies, van Dyne and Darren Cross continued their work to complete their version of the Pym Particles. Cross, instead of using mice as originally believed, began using lambs in his experiments. However, the tests continued to prove unsuccessful and the lambs were crushed under the pressure of shrinking in size; these failures did not stop Cross and he continued to bring out new subjects, much to van Dyne's ever-growing concern.
Meeting Scott Lang
Hank Pym chose Scott Lang to assist them in their mission; however, van Dyne remained skeptical of whether or not they really needed outside help. In order to assess Lang, Pym set out a test in which he would give Lang the information needed to break into his home and steal the Ant-Man Suit. Lang completed the task with ease, despite not knowing he was being tested and went on to accidentally test out the suit, causing him to shrink to the size of an ant. The experience horrified Lang and he attempted to return the suit, but Hope used the opportunity to call San Francisco Police Department and have him arrested as he attempted to leave Pym Residence.
Pym broke Lang out of prison and brought him back to his mansion; van Dyne kept watch over Lang as he slept, having passed out while riding an ant. When Lang awoke, he questioned why Hope was watching him and she explained it was because last time he was there, he had stolen something. She took Lang downstairs to be introduced to Pym. They explained their mission to him, although van Dyne continued to recommend that they not use Lang and instead allow her to break into Pym Technologies and steal the Yellowjacket Suit from Cross herself, but Pym continued to refuse. He explained the details of the plan and why Lang was selected and eventually, the latter agreed to help them.
Training Scott Lang
- "You're going to have to learn how to punch."
"You're going to show me how to punch? Show me how to punch."
"That's how you punch."
- ―Hope van Dyne and Scott Lang
Van Dyne had been tasked with training Scott Lang on how to fight with the Ant-Man Suit to cause the most effective but non-lethal damage. Lang initially scoffed at the idea as he claimed that his three years in prison had taught him how to fight and to prove this he punched Hope but she easily blocked the attack and called him out for the poor attempt. Scott challenged her to show him how to punch, which she did by easily punching him in the face despite his attempts to block. Lang accepted van Dyne's help after this and together, they trained hard, fighting each other without holding back until van Dyne was satisfied with his abilities.
In a key stage of the training, Hank Pym taught Lang how to master using the Ant-Man Suit by jumping through a small key-hole and emerging large on the other side. Hope stood with Hank as Lang failed time after time until he finally mastered the skill. She later joined her father outside as he introduced Lang to the many breeds of Ants which would be assisting him in his mission. They became amused as Lang would often panic at the size and scale of the ants and regrow to his original size while inside the tunnels.
One skill Lang still struggled to master was communicating with the ants to get them to do his bidding. This continued until van Dyne became frustrated and stepped in, demonstrating her own skills with the communication, telling Pym that she should be the one going on the mission in Lang's place; however, she appeared to almost losing control of the ants, summoning far more than required to complete the simple task of placing a cube of sugar in a cup of tea, until her father intervened to refocus her attention.
Utterly frustrated with how her father had continued to underestimate her, van Dyne angrily left the mansion and sat in her car. Lang joined her and tried to comfort her and van Dyne explained to him how Pym had been holding her back ever since her mother's death. They discussed Lang's daughter, Cassie Lang, and how he was doing the mission for her. Van Dyne softened and taught Lang a new technique for communicating with the ants, allowing him to make them pick up and spin a coin.
Learning the Truth
Returning to the house, they found Hank Pym in the Pym Residence's main room. He finally relented and told van Dyne about the day that Janet van Dyne had died, explaining that in the 1980s, they worked as a superhero team with her taking the mantle of Wasp. Pym told her how they had been sent on a mission to intercept a missile which was going to destroy a major city and Janet had sacrificed herself by shrinking into the missile. However, she became lost within the Quantum Realm, which Pym had spent the next few decades trying to understand. Van Dyne hugged her father, with the two finally rebuilding their relationship, although the moment was somewhat ruined by Lang's comments.
- "Hi, I'm Scott."
"Did he just say "Hi, I'm Scott"?"
- ―Scott Lang and Hope van Dyne
In order to test Scott Lang's new abilities with the Ant-Man Suit, van Dyne and Hank Pym sent Lang on a mission to one of Howard Stark's old facilities to locate a small device for their heist. Lang quickly realized that the base was now the New Avengers Facility and van Dyne ordered him to abort the mission. Lang chose instead to continue and was confronted by Falcon, who tried to force Lang to leave when he introduced himself, leaving van Dyne horrified at the blunder. The two engaged in a brief fight which ended with Lang managing to damage EXO-7 Falcon and escape, impressing van Dyne somewhat by displaying martial arts moves she had taught him during his brief training during the skirmish.
Darren Cross Visits
While the team rested from the mission and discussed their next step, Pym stepped into the next room only to be greeted by Cross, who had broken into the mansion. Cross claimed he had come in simply because the door was open and calmly spoke to Pym. Van Dyne and Lang realized in a panic that Cross could easily see their plans for their break-in at Pym Technologies and if he did, he would likely murder him. Lang managed to use the Ants to hide the plans while Cross invited Pym to come to the presentation for the Yellowjacket Suit, which Pym agreed to.
Once Cross had left, they discussed what had just happened and the risks involved; van Dyne questioned whether or not Cross had known she was in the house as if he had seen her, then her position in the company would be in danger. This question was seemingly answered when Cross phoned her and asked where she was, to which she lied and said she was at her home. Cross seemed to accept this answer and told her about his intent to use Pym Technologies for the Yellowjacket Suit presentation. With this now changing the details of their plan, Lang suggested that they increase their team to include his former partners-in-crime Luis, Dave and Kurt, but Pym disagreed.
Building the Team
- "You know he was arrested for stealing a smoothie machine, right?"
"Two smoothie machines..."
- ―Hope van Dyne and Luis
Despite Pym's protests, Luis, Kurt and Dave were brought into the plan and invited to the house where Hope brought them coffee. Luis thanked her and commented on how unusual it was for them to be invited back to a house they just robbed; Hope spoke to Scott and questioned if they could handle the job which Luis and Scott insisted they could. Hope watched, amused, as Scott demonstrated the capabilities of the Ant-Man Suit, causing Luis to flee from the room in fear when Scott jumped on his shoulder.
They worked out a new plan which involved Luis, Kurt and Dave getting Scott into Pym Technologies through the water pipes. Luis remained confident on his role as the man on the inside posing as a security guard, excitedly commenting on how beautiful Hope was and mistaking her for Scott's girlfriend. Despite their enthusiasm, Hope and Hank remained unconvinced that the plan could be pulled off due to their unprofessionalism.
Stealing the Yellowjacket
Discovered by Darren Cross
On the day of the Yellowjacket Suit Presentation, Hope arrived first at Pym Technologies and assisted Luis in gaining access to the restricted areas. Once everything was in place for Scott to enter the facility, Hope went to the presentation. Along the way, she was greeted by Cross, who asked how he looked in his suit.
When Pym arrived at the building, Cross greeted him warmly and invited him and Hope to speak to him in private in the demonstration room. Once they were alone, Cross' guards immediately took Pym and Hope hostage at gunpoint. Cross revealed that he was fully aware of their plan to steal the Yellowjacket Suit and planned to kill them all for their betrayal. Cross trapped Scott within the glass enclosure and took the Yellowjacket Suit; he then welcomed Mitchell Carson into the room and introduced him as the representative from HYDRA, to whom he intended to sell the suit. Pym and Hope implored Cross to reconsider but he refused to listen.
Cross ordered his men to execute Pym before changing his mind and deciding to kill his mentor himself. Before Cross could exact his revenge, Scott broke out of his glass enclosure and he and Hope began fighting Cross' guards. In the chaos, Cross was able to shoot Pym in the shoulder before escaping with the Yellowjacket Suit. With Cross' guards defeated, Hope and Scott rushed to Pym's aid, as he was bleeding heavily from his wound, but Hope ordered Lang to chase down and stop Cross before he could get away with the Yellowjacket.
Saving her Father
- "The charges are set. We’ve got to find a way out of here and fast."
"Don’t worry. I’m not gonna die, and neither are you."
- ―Hope van Dyne and Hank Pym
While Scott battled Cross, Hope attempted to lift Pym to safety as the entire Pym Technologies facility had been rigged to explode, but Pym knew that he would be unable to run. However, rather than accepting death and telling Hope to escape, Pym revealed that the tank key-ring he carried with him at all times, was not a key-ring at all, but a USSR Tank he had shrunk down years earlier. They transformed the tank to its original size and used it to escape, smashing through the side of the building at landing outdoors, much to the alarm of everyone present.
Hope ensured that Pym was getting medical attention from a nearby ambulance before they witnessed the entire Pym Technologies building exploding due to the C4 which Scott had planted inside. While Hope stayed with her father as his wound was treated, Scott tracked down and fought Cross. Eventually, Scott was able to kill Cross by damaging the internal mainframe of the latter suit's, briefly teleporting him to the Quantum Realm before he was able to return to normal size.
With the crisis now over, Hope and Hank spoke to Scott Lang about his experiences within the Quantum Realm, although he insisted that he had no memory of his experience and could tell them nothing. Hope walked Scott out of the mansion, but before they could exit, Lang kissed her. The moment was interrupted when Pym walked through the door and caught them. Lang denied any wrongdoing and insisted it was van Dyne who had kissed him before making a speedy exit.
Hank Pym's Acceptance
- "It's about damn time."
- ―Hope van Dyne to Hank Pym
Hank Pym revealed to Hope that before her mother's disappearance into the Quantum Realm, he and Janet were working on a prototype for a new upgraded version of the Wasp Suit, which had been hidden behind a secret vault in his basement for decades. Although he had always believed it had been for her mother, Pym told van Dyne that he now knew they had in fact been designing it for her. Van Dyne accepted the suit without hesitation, noting that it was about time that she was given a suit.
Pym revealed that he had long ago worked on a mechanism to journey into the Quantum Realm, but complications forced him to abandon the project. With his renewed faith in the possibility of his wife being alive after Scott Lang's successful entry and return from the Quantum Realm, Pym reopened work on the project, this time with his daughter.
Becoming a Fugitive
With both possessing their own suits, van Dyne and Scott Lang proceeded to work and train together, while still maintaining a relationship. A short while later, Lang would help Captain America on the issue of the Sokovia Accords and was arrested for breaking international laws. Offended by Lang's leaving them abruptly, van Dyne broke up with Lang. However, because of Hank Pym's tech being involved in the Avengers Civil War, van Dyne and her father where subsequently hunted by the FBI, forcing them to be fugitives.
Rescuing Janet van Dyne
Kidnapping Scott Lang
- "I'm sorry about Germany. They just showed up and said it was a matter of national security. That Cap needed help."
"…tain America. Captain. Cap. That’s what we call him if you’re a friend. I think I'm a friend, a little. I know him. He’s not; we’re not.. Whatever."
- ―Scott Lang and Hope van Dyne
Due to Scott Lang fighting in Germany, van Dyne and Pym were forced to go underground and work on the Quantum Tunnel in a shrinkable lab building. Van Dyne ended up making several deals with black market arms dealer Sonny Burch to get certain parts for their machine.
When van Dyne and Pym managed to successfully open the Quantum Tunnel for a very short period of time, Lang had a vision which he taking on the body of Janet van Dyne in one of her memories in which he found a little girl hiding in a red dresser. Which he called Pym, but no one answered and instead he left a message. This caused van Dyne to go and kidnap Lang.
After Lang awoke after being kidnapped by van Dyne, he woke up in the passenger seat of a van she was driving. He started freaking out as he knew the FBI would be on the chase for him. Van Dyne showed him that the device was off and he was safe, but both she and Pym were mad at him for participating in the Clash of the Avengers in Germany.
When they arrived, van Dyne took Lang to the Quantum Tunnel where they met Pym. Lang then told them about his dream, which filled van Dyne and Pym with joy as van Dyne's mother, Janet, may be alive in the Quantum Realm. To finish their portal, they still needed a part, so they drove to a meeting spot in which they would meet with Burch.
They arrived to the prearranged location and van Dyne left both Hank Pym and Scott Lang in the van. She walked into the building to meet Sonny Burch. He learned that she'd been going under an alias, Susan, before revealing that he knows who she really is and who her associates are. He tried to blackmail her into doing business with him but she refused. He forced van Dyne to leave the bag of money that she brought as she left. Soon after, van Dyne returned as the Wasp and beat up Sonny's goons in the lobby and the kitchen, all of which they were able to defeat and started to leave with the part.
A new player, Ghost, appeared and attacked van Dyne, trying to wrestle away the part from her. They fought and soon Lang joined in as Ant-Man. They were both knocked out and Ghost managed to steal the part and Pym's miniature lab. In order to regroup, the three of them head over to the X-CON office. There Pym told them that he knows of a former colleague from S.H.I.E.L.D. that could help them locate the lost laboratory.
Meeting Bill Foster
Determined to retrieve the lab some other way, van Dyne, Pym and Scott Lang tracked down an estranged former partner of Pym's, Bill Foster, to help them find the lab. Bill advised that they use the regulator in one of Pym's Ant-Man suits and track it that way. The three were then forced to flee because the FBI showed up after having been called when a student on the campus Bill worked at identified Pym and van Dyne.
Pym lamented the fact that he had no more Ant-Man suits with a working regulator after his first one had been damaged when Lang went subatomic and Lang had promised that he had destroyed the one he used in Germany. Lang revealed, however, that he had kept the second suit in case of an emergency, but that it was kept in a trophy that his daughter Cassie had taken to school for show-and-tell. Van Dyne and Lang managed to sneak into the school and retrieve the suit from the trophy, and then use the regulator to track the building to the Ghost's lair. Soon after they arrived, they were knocked unconscious by the Ghost.
When the three came to, the Ghost introduced herself as Ava Starr, the daughter of another one of Pym's former partners, Elihas Starr. Ava explained that when Pym fired Elihas from the quantum tunnel project the first time he had attempted it, Pym also discredited Elihas and tarnished his name. Determined to prove that he was one of the ones who had worked on the tunnel, Elihas attempted to replicate it, but with disastrous results: it killed him, his wife and several other workers, and left Ava quantumly unstable. Ava explained that her quantum instability allowed her to pass through solid objects and exist in multiple realities at once but that it was immensely painful and would ultimately kill her if not treated soon. Bill was, in essence, her adoptive father, and was working with her to try and save her. She planned to harvest Janet's quantum energy, even if it killed Janet. Pym refused to let this happen and caused a diversion that allowed them to escape with the lab.
The trio set up the lab in the Muir Woods. With the new part taken from Burch, Pym and van Dyne managed to open a stable quantum tunnel, which allowed Janet to temporarily possess Lang's body to speak to van Dyne and Pym and help them lock on to her coordinates in the quantum realm. She warned them, however, that they had no more than two hours before her location would shift due to the unstable nature of the realm and another opportunity to find her would not come for centuries. Meanwhile, Burch tipped off the FBI as to van Dyne, Pym and Lang's locations, forcing Lang to flee home and leaving van Dyne and Pym to be arrested and taken into custody by the FBI and SWAT while Ghost took the lab after murdering Stoltz, who was secretly trying to take the lab to Burch.
While they were in custody, Lang managed to sneak in van Dyne's suit and a disguise for Pym, allowing them to escape.
Van Dyne, Lang, Pym and later Luis located the Mobile Laboratory and figured out a plan by using the ants to disable the machines so Ghost and Bill Foster would not be able to access the Quantum Realm. They then drew Ghost out, allowing Pym to go inside the lab, while Ant-Man, Wasp and Luis went looking for Ghost.
Wasp and Luis were joined by Ant-Man after he escaped from Ghost. As they were driving, Wasp noticed Sonny Burch approach them with his goons, causing them to chase through San Francisco. Wasp used the van's shrinking abilities to maneuver between the cars and knock them out. Wasp was able to defeat Burch's goons by causing them to crash into each other. Ant-Man then joined them in the van as more goons approached on motorbikes. Wasp then told Ant-Man to drive as she moved to the back to defeat the goons herself, which she did through using her blasters and Pym Particles Disks.
Wasp then grabbed Luis' pez dispenser and enlarged it, defeating the final two goons. However, Ghost was able to drive up to them and enter the van and knock Wasp out and take the lab. She then jumped into a truck and attempted to escape. Ant-Man and Luis then crashed the van, causing Ghost to get away from them, but Burch was still chasing after the lab. Wasp soon found Ghost and attempted to take back the lab and fight her.
Went Ghost went to attack Wasp, Burch drove up behind them, knocking Wasp onto his car, allowing him to steal the lab and drive away. Wasp then went after Burch as Ant-Man attempted to stop the truck, which he was successful. He then used the truck to make his way through the streets and reach Burch. Wasp told him to bring them the remote as they were running out of time and to use the Hot Wheels Car Collection to get to them as he was able to defeat using the car's shrinking abilities. Ant-Man and Wasp then went to help Luis, with Wasp taking out the goons and Ant-Man going for the lab.
Wasp entered the car and fought the goons inside using her shrinking abilities and fighting skills to go in and out of the car. Wasp then joined Luis in his car. The two soon arrived as Wasp realized that Ant-Man was losing consciousness and went to save him as he fell into the water. She swam towards him and repaired the regulator, causing him to shrink, allowing her to save him. Wasp brings him up to the surface where Ant-Man grew back to normal size. He regained consciousness before she kissed him.
Ant-Man and Wasp then entered the lab to stop Ghost. They disabled her machine and they began to fight. The two fought Ghost, but she was able to use her abilities to subdue them. As they fought, Pym and Janet returned from the Quantum Realm and were about to run over Wasp and Ghost. Ant-Man saved Wasp, but Ghost got thrown across the room, knocking her out. Pym and Janet then exited the Quantum Vehicle and Wasp reunited with her mother.
- "Preparing for re-entry in five... four... three-"
- ―Hope van Dyne moments before her disintegration
Keeping his promise to Bill Foster, Hank Pym, with his family and Scott Lang, began working on finding a permanent cure for Ava Starr. They created a smaller Quantum Tunnel in Luis' Van, where they would harvest Quantum energy. They set themselves up on the top level of a carpark, and as they prepared to begin, van Dyne gave Lang the Quantum Energy Collector she had worked on, informing him of how it worked.
Van Dyne then joined her parents as they stood by and counted down Lang entering the Quantum Realm. After they were confirmed that Lang had entered successfully, he began harvesting the quantum energy. Once he finished, he notified van Dyne who began to count down his re-entry, when suddenly she, along with her parents, disintegrated along with half of the universe, leaving Scott stranded in the Quantum Realm.
Five years later, with the combined efforts of the Avengers, van Dyne, and every other victim of the Snap, were brought back to life. Van Dyne was soon contacted by the Masters of the Mystic Arts to help fight in the battle against Thanos and his forces.
Wasp suited up and flew through a portal opened up for her, teleporting her to the remains of the Avengers Facility, along with a vast number of other heroes. Wasp then stood alongside the assembled heroes as Captain America proceeded to lead the charge. Wasp shrunk down and flew at Thanos' army, using her Stingers to take them out, as well as her combat abilities when resuming normal size.
It then became the focus to get the Infinity Stones away from the Thanos, Ant-Man informed them that they could use Luis' Van, which contained a smaller Quantum Tunnel. Wasp reunited with Ant-Man as Iron Man asked how long it would take to the time machine, which he said ten minutes. Captain America told them they would bring the Stones to them, with Wasp stating that they would get it done.
They then shrunk down while Wasp carried Ant-Man as she flew over to the van. The two arrived at the van, sitting in the front seats, and began activating the Quantum Tunnel, while Ant-Man hot-wired the van. They soon finished in turning on the Quantum Tunnel, and Wasp returned to the battle, where Captain Marvel had arrived and was tasked with returning the Stones. Wasp, along with several other heroes joined Captain Marvel, as they faced off against horde of Thanos' army.
As Captain Marvel neared the Quantum Tunnel, Thanos charged her, but was stopped by the combined blasts from Wasp, Pepper Potts and Shuri, knocking him down. However, despite their efforts, Thanos used his Double-Edged Sword to destroy the van. The battle was concluded when Iron Man stole the Stones and used them to wipe out Thanos and his army, which came at the cost of his own life, due to the overwhelming power.
All the heroes including van Dyne then gathered around the fallen hero and knelt out of respect for his sacrifice. After the battle, van Dyne arrived at Maggie Lang's House and spent time with Lang and his daughter, who was now older, as they were all reunited once again. They sat outside together as they watched the fireworks going off to celebrate the return of those who died from the Snap.
Later, van Dyne, along with her also resurrected parents and Lang attended the funeral for Stark at his home, to pay their respects to the hero who died to save the world. The four stood together, along with several other heroes and allies, as they watched Potts and her daughter put Stark's Arc Reactor on the lake.
Hope van Dyne demonstrated a focused and determined personality when she was able to utilize the EMP Communication Device to control the Ants with ease and proved herself a hyper-competent hero when compared to Scott Lang. Hope is also very snarky, as shown when she mocked Lang by calling him "princess" or "useless" when he acted incompetent. Hope is generally self-assured and blunt, being brutally honest about Scott's poor hero skills and his friends' unimpressive thieving reputation. In spite of her candid demeanor, she does try to motivate Lang by encouraging him, tutoring him and telling him that he's not that much of a failure when he did eventually improve. Hope even grows to respect Lang and becomes proud of him when he demonstrates that he learned what she has been teaching him. She eventually became romantically affectionate towards Scott but showed slight embarrassment for it.
Hope had a strained relationship with Hank following her mother's apparent death, but after he revealed the truth, reconciled with him and even during the strain asked his help in stopping Darren Cross from enacting his plans. She was very much close to her mother than her father during her childhood, but she loved both of them as she resented Hank for keeping her away after her mother seemingly died.
Some of Hank's cynical nature rubbed onto Hope as well. Her relationship with Scott had gotten strained following the latter using their technology to help Captain America violate the Sokovia Accords and seemingly "destroyed" the Ant-Man suit. She was initially still angry at him and gave him cold responses up until the point where Scott revealed he had in fact saved it. The two soon mended their relationship, with Scott even wanting her as a partner.
Powers and Abilities
- Size Manipulation: Similar to the Ant-Man's suit, Hope is able to reduce herself to the size of an insect by using Pym Particles in the belt of the suit to distance her atoms, effectively compacting her physical structure and allowing her to shrink down whenever necessary. She still maintains her regular sized strength and durability while in a reduced scale as the process amplifies the amount of force she can generate and increases her density. Additionally, the process of altering size compresses force and energy, manifesting as brief shockwaves of vibration around the target, which briefly augments her force and momentum as she returns to normal size.
- Superhuman Strength: When decreased in size, Hope possesses a certain degree of superhuman strength, able to easily overpower enemies when shrunken down. The momentum of her attacks also appears to be increased. As she shrinks and regrows in an instant, the power behind her attacks, combined with her already very well-developed physical strength and combat skills, allow for her to defeat the most skilled of combatants within a fraction of a second.
- Superhuman Durability When decreased in size, Hope's body is hyper-compressed, and is much resistant to injury, enough to survive falls from great heights and other impacts that would injure or kill even normal sized humans. She was notably capable of taking blows from the extremely dangerous Ghost.
- "You go low, I go high."
"I have wings; why would I go low?"
- ―Ant-Man and Wasp
- Flight: By utilizing four artificial insect-like wings, Hope can fly at impressive speeds and maneuver with great agility with ease, as evidenced when a knife was thrown at her while she was shrunken down. She was able to fly from the center of San Francisco to Fisherman's Wharf in a matter of minutes. She can also use the wings at full-size as blunt-force weapons.
- Energy Projection: Hope can fire bolts of energy from the wrists of her gauntlets. They are powerful enough to blast burning holes in reinforced materials, incapacitate the Ghost mid-phase, and knock a man unconscious. Her gauntlets were later upgraded before the Snap, now able to fire constant streams of concussive energy, powerful enough to push back the likes of Thanos during the Battle of Earth alongside Shuri and Rescue.
- Insect Manipulation: Through the use of the EMP Communication Device given to her by her father, Hope can use electromagnetic waves to communicate and control insects, primarily ants. The device uses electromagnetic waves to mimic pheromones and stimulate the olfactory nerve center of insect-sized organisms.
- Gifted Intelligence: The daughter of Hank Pym, Hope is an expert in many fields of science. Hope seemingly carries her own father's passions in chemistry and physics, which explains why she seemed confident in her understanding on the Ant-Man Suit to the point that she thought she could wear it to take down Darren Cross.
- Expert Businesswoman: Hope's business acumen has risen to the point she was able to secure for herself a stable position in Pym Technologies' board. She possessed enough power in the company to have the deciding vote to remove Hank Pym, the company's founder and CEO, from the company.
- "She seems... intense."
- ―Scott Lang
- Expert Martial Artist: Hope has trained in martial arts since she was a child, training Scott Lang in combat skills and fighting techniques, enabling him to become Ant-Man. Her martial arts prowess came in handy when she finally took the mantle of the Wasp. Hope employs a mixed martial art including elements of Muay Thai, Brazilian Jiu Jitsu, Judo, and Aikido.
- Master Acrobat: Hope incorporates gymnastics and acrobatics into her fighting style as she battles opponents, notably dodging a knife thrown at her while shrunken, then using it as a platform to continue her assault.
- Glock 17: Van Dyne took one of these guns from one of the security guards holding both her and her father Hank Pym at gunpoint. Van Dyne tried to dissuade Darren Cross from killing her father, but she was disarmed by one of the guards when Ant-Man stormed into the room and disabled the rest of the guards. Despite van Dyne disabled another guard herself, she could not prevent Cross from shooting Pym in the shoulder.
- EMP Communication Device: Earpieces made by Hank Pym that allow Hope to control insects, which she and Pym trained Scott Lang to do.
- Wasp Suit: A prototype for an upgraded version of her mother's shrinking suit was given to her by her father so that she could become the new Wasp. Like the Ant Man suit, it can manipulate its wearer's size while simultaneously enhance both the wearer’s density and strength, allowing for her to gain superhuman strength and near-invulnerability when shrunk.
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|Appearances for Hope van Dyne|
In chronological order:
- In the comics, Hope Pym appears in the MC2 continuity, set in the future of the classic Marvel Universe, and is known as the supervillain Red Queen.
- She was later adapted into the main comics continuity as Nadia Pym, daughter of Hank Pym and his first wife, Maria Trovaya, who was taken to the Red Room by the Winter Soldier (at time when he was brainwashed) and raised to become a Soviet agent, ultimately becoming the new iteration of the Wasp after managing to escape from that Room. In Russian, the name Nadia translates to "hope."
- Hope van Dyne is the third character in the Marvel Cinematic Universe to have taken over the mantle of a former superhero, preceded by Scott Lang and Robbie Reyes.
Behind the Scenes
- Hope van Dyne, with the identity of Wasp, was intended to be included in Captain America: Civil War, before writers Christopher Markus and Stephen McFeely decided to cut because they didn't think she fit in the story.
- Before Evangeline Lilly was cast as Hope van Dyne, Rashida Jones, Emma Stone and Jessica Chastain were considered for the part. Although Chastain turned it down due to scheduling conflicts.
- Renae Moneymaker and Ingrid Kleinig were stunt doubles for Evangeline Lilly in the role of Hope van Dyne.
- Jaden Alexander, Monique Davis and Katherine Barber were stand-ins for Evangeline Lilly in the role of Hope van Dyne.
- Michaela Russell was a photo double for Madeleine McGraw in the role of Hope van Dyne.
- ↑ 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 1.4 1.5 1.6 1.7 1.8 Ant-Man and the Wasp
- ↑ 2.00 2.01 2.02 2.03 2.04 2.05 2.06 2.07 2.08 2.09 2.10 2.11 2.12 2.13 Ant-Man
- ↑ Ant-Man Mid-credits scene
- ↑ Ant-Man and the Wasp Mid-credits scene
- ↑ Avengers: Endgame Deleted Scene
- ↑ Avengers: Endgame
- ↑ Captain America: Civil War Screenwriters Reveal a Superhero Who Almost Made the Cut