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This place... It changes you. And adaptation is part of it, but some of it is evolution.
~ Janet to Hank on the Quantum Realm changing her.
It's not the reunion I imagined, it's all so rushed. You two have done such great work, you just need a little nudge.
~ Janet to her family.

Janet van Dyne, also known as the Wasp, is the wife of Hank Pym and mother of Hope van Dyne, who took the mantle Wasp. She is the pentagonist of Ant-Man and the Wasp, and a major character of Avengers: Endgame.

She is portrayed by Hayley Lovitt in Ant-Man (2015) as young Janet, and Michelle Pfeiffer in Ant-Man and the Wasp. Paul Rudd also played the character when he was possessed by her in said film. Pfeiffer also played Caroline Hubbard in Murder on the Orient Express, and Angela de Marco in Married to the Mob.

Biography

Background

Your mother convinced me to let her join me on my missions. They called her the Wasp. She was born to it. And there's not a day that goes by that I don’t regret having said yes.
~ Hank Pym to Hope and Scott.
Janet van Dyne married Hank Pym, a scientist who developed a way to shrink things and objects and become a superhero named Ant-Man. Fascinated and wanting to help Hank, she convinced him to let be his sidekick and developed a suit of her own, taking the mantle Wasp. Together, they had a daughter named Hope van Dyne in the late 1970s to early 1980s. Janet and Hank didn't spend much time with Hope, as they went on S.H.I.E.L.D. operations and left their daughter with babysitters.

On one mission in 1987 to stop a Soviet ICBM that was heading to the United States, Janet disabled her regulator to shrink herself to fit into the rocket after Hank's regulator was too damaged. Though successful, disabling the regulator shrunk her into the Quantum Realm, trapping her there. Hank told Hope that she died in a plane crash, hiding the truth until she was older when it was time to tell her so. As Janet was in the Quantum Realm, the place changed her and was able to control the molecules and remained stable.

Ant-Man (2015)

Hank finally told Hope the truth about her mother's "death" in 1987, healing their strained relationship since the incident. After Scott Lang survived being in the Quantum Realm after defeating Yellowjacket, Pym wonders if Janet is sill alive. She slightly appears in the Quantum Realm when Lang is there, hinting she is alive.

Ant-Man and the Wasp

In 2018, a doorway to the Quantum Realm was opened, and Janet managed to entangle with Hank's successor, Scott Lang. She made Scott experience a memory of herself, and this led Lang to get back into contact with Hank to tell him about the dream. She later inhabited Scott's body, and began to fix the algorithm in the Quantum Tunnel. After she fixed the tunnel, she briefly reunited with her family before telling them they had two hours to find her, or it would be another century before they could find her.

Janet reunited with Hank in the quantum real, and used her quantum powers to stable Pym's mind. Upon returning, Janet began to fade out due to Ghost extracting quantum energy, thus killing van Dyne in the process. Ant-Man and Wasp were able to stop Ghost and keep Janet from fading, and Janet finally reunited with her daughter. The reunion was interrupted when Ghost got back up, and Janet acknowledged that Ghost was in pain due to her condition. Janet used her quantum powers to stabilize Ava's condition, and realized she could help her. Ant-Man's friend, Luis, entered the building to notify them that the police were on their way, and Scott came up with plan to distract the FBI.

Afterward, Janet and Hank continued their lives together, moving to a tropical beach where they could live peacefully. Janet and her family decided to keep their promise to Bill Foster to find a permanent cure for Ava. Creating a smaller Quantum Tunnel in Luis' van, they planed to send Scott into the tunnel to harvest quantum energy. While counting down to have Scott re-enter after collecting quantum energy, the Pym family suddenly turned into dust due to Thanos having snapped his fingers with the Infinity Stones. Lang was stuck in the quantum realm, unaware of what was happening, and half of humanity was erased from existence.

Avengers: Endgame

Scott managed to re-enter into the world from the quantum realm, but five years passed since the decimation. Scott met with the Avengers, and the group came up with a plan to use Pym particles to time travel, and collect the Infinity Stones. The Pym family were resurrected alongside everyone by Hulk in 2023, as Hope aided Scott and the heroes stop Thanos and his army. Afterward, Janet and her family attended Tony Stark's funeral, honoring his sacrifice to defeat the Mad Titan.

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Trivia

  • Sharon Stone was considered for the role before Pfeiffer was casted.
  • Director Joss Whedon intended to use Wasp in The Avengers as one of the female leads when Scarlett Johansson's involvement was still unconfirmed. Plans to use Janet and Hank Pym in the 2012 film were both scrapped.

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Iron Man: Iron Man | Happy Hogan | J.A.R.V.I.S. | Pepper Potts | War Machine | S.H.I.E.L.D. (Agent Phil Coulson | Nick Fury) | Informant
The Incredible Hulk: Hulk | Betty Ross | Thunderbolt Ross | Tony Stark | Informant
Iron Man 2: Iron Man | Pepper Potts | Happy Hogan | J.A.R.V.I.S. | War Machine | S.H.I.E.L.D. (Black Widow | Agent Phil Coulson | Nick Fury) | Peter Parker | Informant
Thor: Odin Borson | Thor Odinson | Loki Laufeyson | Sif | Jane Foster | Darcy Lewis | Heimdall | Erik Selvig | S.H.I.E.L.D. (Agent Phil Coulson | Hawkeye| Nick Fury) | Informant
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Iron Man 3: Iron Man | Pepper Potts | War Machine | Happy Hogan | J.A.R.V.I.S. | Informant | Bruce Banner
Thor: The Dark World: Thor Odinson | Odin Borson | Loki Odinson | Sif | Jane Foster | Darcy Lewis | Heimdall | Erik Selvig | Informant
Captain America: The Winter Soldier: Captain America | Falcon | Black Widow | S.H.I.E.L.D. (Nick Fury | Maria Hill | Sharon Carter) | Winter Soldier | Peggy Carter | Informant
Guardians of the Galaxy: Guardians of the Galaxy (Star-Lord | Groot | Rocket Racoon | Gamora | Drax the Destroyer) | Yondu Udonta | Nebula | Informant
Avengers: Age of Ultron: The Avengers (Iron Man | Captain America | Thor Odinson | Hulk | Black Widow | War Machine | Hawkeye | Quicksilver | Scarlet Witch | Vision | Falcon) | J.A.R.V.I.S. | Maria Hill | Peggy Carter | Heimdall | Erik Selvig | Helen Cho | Nick Fury | F.R.I.D.A.Y. | Informant
Ant-Man: Ant-Man | Hank Pym | Hope van Dyne | Jim Paxton | Luis | Dave | Falcon | Cassie Lang | Kurt | Peggy Carter | Howard Stark | Janet Van Dyne | Informant | Steve Rogers | Bucky Barnes

Phase Three

Captain America: Civil War: The Avengers (Captain America | Iron Man | Black Widow | Falcon | War Machine | Hawkeye | Vision | Scarlet Witch | Ant-Man) | Bucky Barnes | T'Chaka | Black Panther | Sharon Carter | Spider-Man | Thunderbolt Ross | Everett Ross | May Parker | Howard Stark | F.R.I.D.A.Y. | Peggy Carter | Informant
Doctor Strange: Masters of the Mystic Arts (Doctor Strange | The Ancient One | Wong) | Informant | Thor Odinson | Loki Odinson | Informant
Guardians of the Galaxy Volume 2: Guardians of the Galaxy (Star-Lord | Groot | Rocket Racoon | Gamora | Drax the Destroyer | Mantis | Yondu Udonta | Nebula) | Informant
Spider-Man: Homecoming: Spider-Man | Iron Man | May Parker | Happy Hogan | Pepper Potts | Michelle Jones | Aaron Davis | Ned Leeds | Liz Toomes | Karen | F.R.I.D.A.Y. | Captain America | Informant
Thor: Ragnarok: Thor Odinson | Odin Borson | Loki Odinson | Hulk | Valkyrie | Korg | Miek | Heimdall | Skurge | Doctor Strange | Informant | Jane Foster
Black Panther: Black Panther | Zuri | Okoye | Ayo | Nakia | Shuri | Ramonda | T'Chaka | M'Baku | Everett Ross | Informant | White Wolf
Avengers: Infinity War: The Avengers (Iron Man | Thor Odinson | Captain America | Hulk | Black Widow | War Machine | Spider-Man | Vision | Scarlet Witch | Falcon | Masters of the Mystic Arts (Doctor Strange | Wong) | Black Panther | Guardians of the Galaxy (Gamora | Nebula | Mantis | Drax the Destroyer | Groot | Rocket Racoon | Star-Lord) | Loki Odinson | Heimdall | White Wolf | Okoye | Eitri | Pepper Potts | Thunderbolt Ross | Shuri | M'Baku | F.R.I.D.A.Y. | Ned Leeds | Informant | Nick Fury | Maria Hill | Happy Hogan
Ant-Man and the Wasp: Ant-Man | Wasp | Hank Pym | Janet Van Dyne | Jim Paxton | Luis | Kurt | Dave | Cassie Lang | Informant
Captain Marvel: Captain Marvel | S.H.I.E.L.D. (Nick Fury | Agent Phil Coulson) | Maria Rambeau | Norex | Mar-Vell | Talos | Monica Rambeau | Goose | Informant | The Avengers (Steve Rogers | Natasha Romanoff | Bruce Banner | War Machine)
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Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. Season 1: S.H.I.E.L.D. (Agent Phil Coulson | Melinda May | Nick Fury | Maria Hill) | Sif
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Agent Carter: Peggy Carter | Edwin Jarvis | Howard Stark
Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. Season 3: S.H.I.E.L.D. (Agent Phil Coulson | Melinda May | Quake)
Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. Season 4: S.H.I.E.L.D. (Agent Phil Coulson | Melinda May | Quake) | Ghost Rider
Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. Seasons 5 & 6: S.H.I.E.L.D. (Agent Phil Coulson | Melinda May | Quake)
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Luke Cage Season 1: Luke Cage | Claire Temple | Trish Walker
Iron Fist Season 1: Iron Fist | Colleen Wing | Claire Temple
The Punisher: Punisher | Karen Page
The Defenders: The Defenders (Daredevil | Jessica Jones | Luke Cage | Iron Fist) | Foggy Nelson | Colleen Wing | Trish Walker | Karen Page | Elektra | Claire Temple
Jessica Jones Season 2: Jessica Jones | Trish Walker | Foggy Nelson
Luke Cage Season 2: Luke Cage | Colleen Wing | Iron Fist | Claire Temple | Foggy Nelson
Iron Fist Season 2: Iron Fist | Colleen Wing
Daredevil Season 3: Daredevil | Karen Page | Foggy Nelson
Jessica Jones Season 3: Jessica Jones | Trish Walker | Luke Cage

Hulu

Runaways Season 1: Runaways | (Alex Wilder | Chase Stein | Molly Hernandez | Nico Minoru | Karolina Dean | Gert Yorkes | Old Lace)
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