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The Wasp[src]

Janet Pym[5] (née; Van Dyne[11])", aka the Wasp[12] was an American socialite and fashion designer who later became a superhuman adventurer.[13] She was genetically altered by her boyfriend, and later husband, Dr. Hank Pym[5], and gained the ability to alter her size using Pym Particles, as well as having had Bio-Synthetic Wings implanted in her back to allow her fly at rapid speeds and fire Bioelectric energy "stings". Calling herself "the Wasp", she became Pym's Ant-Man superhero partner.[11] Later, she became a founding member of the Avengers, "Earth's Mightiest heroes".[14]


Early Life

Janet Van Dyne is a member of the wealthy Van Dyne family. By the year 1939, Janet's relative Amelia van Dyne was a successful fashion designer and was responsible for the amassing the family fortune[15]. Janet's father was world renown scientist Vernon van Dyne[11]. Not much is known about her early family life at this present time, however it is known that she lived the life of a rich socialite on the family fortune[11] and previously had a romantic relationship with the soldier of fortune known as Paladin.[16] At some point during Janet's childhood, her mother sustained a traumatic brain injury in a car accident, leaving her in a vegetative state for several years. Janet watched her once vibrant and creative mother slowly wither and die.[9]

Young Janet

Janet first met her future lover Henry Pym as he was developing his latest invention, a shrinking formula he called Pym Particles. After successfully shrinking a chair,[17] Pym brought his discovery before the Committee of Scientific Research and Development.[18] When displaying the shrunken chair, Pym's ideas were ridiculed, and when he incidentally mentioned a possible military application for his formula, the humanitarian based committee rejected his grant.[17][18] Outside, he happened to cross paths with the youthful Janet, whose father was also approaching the council to get funding for his own invention, a gamma-ray beam that he believes would allow him to contact other worlds beyond Earth's solar system. Smitten by Pym, the fast moving Janet attempted to ask Pym out for dinner. Still mourning the loss of his late wife, Pym rejected the offer and returned to his work.[19]

After many more tests, Pym decided to foolishly test the Pym Particles on himself, shrinking down in size.[17]. While Pym was fighting for his life, Janet tracked down his home and came calling just as he escaped from an ant-hill and returned to normal size along. In the process of doing so, Pym also increased the size of an ant he named Dusty to larger proportions. When Janet asked Pym out for dinner, he quickly accepted and closed the door on her so that she would not see the enlarged ant. Later when he had dinner with Janet and her father, he explained his research, and while Vernon was unimpressed Janet was even more smitten by Pym. The two then began dating while in his spare time, Henry continued to study his Pym Particles. [20]

Henry eventually used his Pym Particles to establish himself as the costumed super-hero known as Ant-Man[21]. Pym also continued to date Janet and he entertained her with all his latest discoveries with ants. However she continued to press the relationship further and Henry continued to push away until he was forced to confide that he was still getting over the loss of his previous wife. Understanding that Henry needed more time to get over this loss, Janet vowed to give Pym all the time he needed to recover. As Ant-Man became a noted super-hero, Janet quickly deduced the hero's true identity. She also pursued an education in fashion design, having grown an interest in the old family business.[18]

Becoming the Wasp

Sometime later, Pym had been developing a means to graft the wings and antenna of a wasp to a human body, that would protrude from their bodies once shrunken down by Pym Particles. Also during this time, Vernon van Dyne had perfected his gamma-ray beam device and succeeded in contacting another world. The device brought a strange creature later dubbed the Creature from Kosmos, whose biologically produced formic acid was used to murder Vernon. Vernon's body was discovered by Janet who sought out Henry Pym for his assistance in finding her fathers killer.[11][18]

First Wasp costume

Undergoing a biochemical process, Janet then gained the ability to shrink to insectoid proportions and implanted Bio-Synthetic Wings.[11][18]} Furthermore, Pym outfitted her with wrist devices which allowed her to discharge blasts of compressed air that she called her "wasp's stings".[22]

Ant-Man and the Wasp

Ant-Man and the Wasp then began working as a crime fighting duo. During this time Jan took every opportunity to try and get the stuffy Henry to admit his feelings for her. He was also incredibly insecure and felt that he was out of her league when considering her family wealth.[23] The pairs activities soon reached Ant-Man's old foe Egghead who began working with two escaped crooks in trying to destroy Ant-Man. To this end, Egghead developed the false identity of Professor Carl Striker. Using false credentials of a Zoologist, he put on exhibits on insects and after masterminding the theft of Middleton Diamond he put on a wasp exhibit at the local zoo to lure the Wasp into a trap. It succeeded and the Wasp was captured and Ant-Man was lured into a seemingly escapable trap. Even with all escapes electrified, Ant-Man bested a lizard and anteater that were set on him and freed the Wasp from captivity. While they managed to capture the two thugs, Egghead managed to escape once again.[24]

Ant-Man and the Wasp vs Egghead

With things in the city quiet, Henry and Janet decided to go on vacation in Greece. Learning of reports of the mythical Cyclops on one of the local islands was stealing boats the couple went to investigate as Ant-Man and the Wasp. They soon discovered that the "Cyclops" was actually a robot built by the alien A-Chiltarian race who were using the island as a staging ground for an invasion of Earth. Taking control of the Cyclops robot, Ant-Man and the Wasp managed to rescue the captive sailors and force the A-Chiltarians to flee the Earth.[25] The pair next stopped mobster Ramond Thesi and later a jazz musician named Liso Trago from robbing the box office at a night club. Trago's employer agreed not to press charges if Trago left the country. Trago did so only to return months later having learned how to use his music to hypnotize people. Ant-Man and Wasp stopped him when Ant-Man damaged his trumpet enough to create a note that put Trago under his own hypnotic spell making him forget his entire criminal career and his knowledge of how to put people under his control.[26] Later the pair were unable to stop the Porcupine from robbing a supposedly burglar proof vault that Pym had developed for the National Bank. However, Henry was able to track the Porcupine to his lab in a military installation where in his civilian identity of Alex Gentry, he developed weapons for the military. With Jan falling ill, Pym forced her to stay home to face the Porcupine alone but was captured. As the Wasp, Janet saved Henry and the pair defeated the Porcupine by jamming his projectile firing quills with liquid cement.[27]

Forming the Avengers

It was about this time that the Asgardian trickster god Loki wished to manipulate the gamma spawned monster known as the Hulk to attack his adoptive brother Thor. To this end, Loki made it appear as though the Hulk attempted to destroy a train. When the Hulk's sidekick Rick Jones gathered his group the Teen Brigade together to try and contact the Fantastic Four for help. Loki intercepted their transmission and made it so it was reached. However a side effect of the spell the transmission was also received by Ant-Man, the Wasp, and the armored hero known as Iron Man who all tracked it back to the Teen Brigade's headquarters.[28] The meeting was tense at first but Rick calmed nerves and convinced the gathered heroes to help in their cause. During the meeting Thor was shown an illusion of the Hulk convincing him that Loki was involved[29].

The Wasp joins the Avengers

Iron Man then took the heroes to the Stark Industries office in Sugar Land, Texas. There Thor departed to investigate his suspicions while Ant-Man was given access to Tony Stark's technology to build a device that could increase his range and be able to use ants all over the country to try and search for the Hulk.[30] Using this device, Ant-Man was able to locate the Hulk in Canyon City, Colorado where he was posing as a robot attraction in a circus performing there. Ant-Man ordered the ants in the region to distract the Hulk while they arrived.[31] Ant-Man, the Wasp and Iron Man then travelled there and clashed with the Hulk who managed to escape.[14][31][32] There are two differing accounts of what happened next, in one account the Hulk fled to an automobile manufacturing plant in Detroit, Michigan[14] while the other states that the Hulk fled to the Cardiff-Grant Munitions R&D Factory in Denver Colorado.[32] In either case the Hulk clashed with the three heroes until Thor arrived with the defeated Loki and revealed his part in the whole ordeal. Loki attempted to defeat the heroes by becoming radioactive. In the Detroit account Loki was defeated when dumped in a radioactive waste disposal furnace beneath the plant,[14] while the Denver account states that they placed him in a device that was used to conduct controlled explosion experiments.[33] The Detroit account states that the group unanimously agreed to form a team and that the Wasp came up with their name: the Avengers. However the Denver account states that the group did not formally form a group until a meeting three days later at the Stark Industries plant in Sugar Land, Texas.[33] Whatever the case, the fact that Ant-Man played an integral part in defeating Loki.[34]

Iron Man invited his fellow Avengers to use his "employer" Tony Stark's mansion as their headquarters, later dubbed Avengers Mansion. There the group were given a tour and Jan purposely ruffled Henry's feathers by openly flirting with Thor.[35] Ant-Man and the others then revealed themselves to the press.[36][37][38] They then began a series of early meetings. During the first meeting the group was trying to determine who would be the chairman to the group. Janet used this as another opportunity to rankle Henry. All the male members wanted to test their might to determine who led, but they all agreed to allow the Wasp to secretly be their chair person so none of their egos could be bruised.[39] This meeting was briefly crashed by Iron Man's future self and the Black Widow who briefly passed through the meeting room while jaunting through time periods.[40] By this time both Hank and Janet had moved into a home together in Creskill, New Jersey and Hank began developing a new version of his Pym Particles that could be taken in pill form. Iron Man later called a meeting to discuss the signing of a charter of the Avengers code of conduct. Ant-Man and the Wasp agreed to sign it, deciding that it was time to become part of something bigger.[37]


Deciding to augment his powers to be more of a benefit to the Avengers,[23] Hank began developing a new growth formula that would allow him to increase his size. He found that growing larger than 12 feet tall put too much strain on his body. Janet meanwhile began starting the first of many costume redesigns. While he was developing these new abilities, Pym was kidnapped by the Living Eraser from Dimension Z who was gathering Earth scientists to steal their atomic secrets. Unfortunately for the Eraser and his leaders, they did not suspect that Pym was secretly a super-hero, nor were they aware that the Wasp stowed away on his person. As Giant-Man and the Wasp, the two heroes liberated the kidnapped scientists and captured the Living Eraser's devices allowing them and the other prisoners to return home.[41] Hank kept his new powers a secret when the Avengers were asked by the military to assist in recovering Dr. Doom's flying fortress which had recently been stolen. The Avengers took on the case and infiltrated the ship but were caught in many of Doom's various traps. The Wasp was later saved by Hank, who used his newly developed growing powers to save his teammates. While they managed to destroy Doom's flying fortress they discovered the "Doom" they were fighting was one of his Doombots.[42]

2nd Wasp costume

During the next meeting with the Avengers, they were targeted by the Space Phantom who claimed to be an alien seeking to defeat the Avengers so his people could invade the planet.[43] The Space Phantom plotted to do turn the Avengers against the Hulk, using his ability to shift individuals into the timeless realm of Limbo while assuming their form. When the Space Phantom attacked the Avengers, he fled and then returned the Hulk to Earth and watched the battle in the shape of a wasp. When the Wasp detected the Space Phantom's presence, he tried to attack her and Giant-Man went to her rescue. When away from the other Avengers, the Space Phantom changed into Giant-Man[44]. Going solo again, Giant-Man and the Wasp went after some smugglers.[45] The pair later joined the Avengers on a manhunt for the criminal known as Sandman. The Avengers failed to capture him, but he was eventually defeated by the Spider-Man[46]. With his new found power Hank became over confident and when a new super-powered criminal calling himself the Human Top began committing a series of robberies, Pym believed that stopping the Top was beneath his abilities. However when his ants reported that the Human Top intended to rob the Danly's Department store, the Wasp convinced him to do something about it. When the Top attempted to rob the department store, Giant-Man went into action to try and stop him. However the gigantic hero proved no match for the Top's speed and his larger size proved to be more of a detriment and such the Human Top managed to escape[47]. Jan helped Hank with his training and he eventually defeated the Human Top.[48]

Recovering Captain America

Giant-Man and the Wasp then returned to active Avengers duties and assisted the team in trying to track down the Hulk[49][37] When they later tracked the Hulk to an abandoned island that was last used during World War II, they found that the Hulk had allied himself with the Atlantean monarch known as the Sub-Mariner and a clash between the two villains and the Avengers broke out. Ultimately the Hulk began changing back into his alter ego of Bruce Banner who fled. Alone against the Avengers, the Sub-Mariner fled as well.[49] While pursing the Sub-Mariner in a submarine[37], the Avengers eventually came across the body of Captain America a wartime hero that had been missing since 1945, frozen in a block of ice. Taking him aboard their ship and thawing out his body, they found that Captain America had been kept in suspended animation.[50][51][52][37][53] When he was revived, Captain America battled the Avengers, who easily calmed him down and brought him back to New York. There they had Cap wait below deck while they addressed the press and while the heroes were doing so they were blasted by a ray that turned them into living stone, leaving Captain America to wander the modern day on his own.[50][52] Eventually, Captain America was found by Rick Jones and they both tracked down the one responsible, a member of the D'bari race named Vuk.[50][54] They learned that Vuk was trapped on Earth and he turned the Avengers to stone for the Sub-Mariner in order to get his ship freed from the bottom of the ocean. Vuk agreed to return the Avengers to normal in exchange for the same help. With Giant-Man and the others changed back they were good on their promise but were attacked by the Sub-Mariner and his Atlantean warriors. While Namor was distracted, Vuk's ship was freed and he managed to leave the Earth. With the battle lost the Sub-Mariner fled into the ocean[50]. Giant-Man was later tasked confirming the identity of Captain America. While Cap was under sedation, Giant-Man and the Wasp spent some time marvelling over the situation. This was the first time that Henry openly told Jan that he loved her[55].

Going solo with Giant-Man for a short time, the pair busted Professor Nathan Garrett who was trying to sell secrets to spies, capturing them all. Garrett was freed on bail, but fled the country only to return shortly thereafter as a new costumed villain, the Black Knight. Using a genetically engineered flying horse he attempted to steal a new jet powered helicopter but was easily defeated by Giant-Man and the Wasp.[56] The Porcupine resurfaced shortly thereafter and attempted to get at Giant-Man through his own fan club. By this time, Giant-Man and the Wasp had set up a lab/headquarters in New York City. The Porcupine managed to get inside when the fan club arrived dressed as various foes that Giant-Man fought over his career. The Porcupine then captured the Wasp and fled from Giant-Man, who had sprained his ankle during a charity event. The Porcupine however allowed the Wasp to escape so he could track her back to their shared New Jersey home in the hopes of learning their secret identities. When the Porcupine arrived, Giant-Man was ready and they battled once again. The Porcupine then attempted to swallow a handful of Giant-Man's growth capsules, but when he ingested them he realized too late that he had accidentally took the shrinking pills instead and shrank into nothingness.[57] Giant-Man, the Wasp and the other Avengers later met the hero known as the Sentry and assisted him in battling his foe the Void.[58] The Avengers then resumed their hunt for the Hulk and returned to the southwestern United States to search for him, only to find he had left the region.[59] They returned to Avengers Mansion to learn that the Hulk had actually come to New York to look for them and trounced the Fantastic Four. The Avengers defended themselves at their mansion headquarters and when the recovered FF came to join them the two teams stumbled over each other to try and stop the Hulk. Both teams eventually began working together to stop the Hulk, chasing him up a sky scraper under construction. The battle ended when Rick Jones tossed a gamma irradiated capsule into the Hulk's mouth causing him to fall into the Hudson River while changing back into Bruce Banner and was swept away by the currents.[60]

Early Romantic Tensions

Giant-Man and the Wasp later joined the Avengers in a trip back to the southwest where they battled the Lava Men from Subterranea who were attempting to invade the surface world. An invasion they managed to push back thanks in part to the Hulk whom they tricked into knocking the Lava Men's mound back into the Earth.[61][62][63] Giant-Man and the Wasp were next asked by the American government to learn how the communist backed dictator El Toro who had managed to take over the nation of Santo Rico. The pair entered the country posing as tourists but were exposed. However the pair managed to reveal that El Toro rigged the election and had him disposed. The people of Santo Rico then held an democratic election.[64] In thanks to Giant-Man and the Wasp's help, they erected a statue of the heroes in their honour.[65] Not long after this the Human Top escaped from prison again and sought to get revenge against his foes. He followed Giant-Man and the Wasp back to their headquarters where he managed to succeed in obtaining some of Giant-Man's growing pills. Despite his increased size, the Human Top was defeated by Giant-Man and the Wasp, restored to his normal size, and incarcerated once again.[66] Hank eventually mustered up the courage to try and propose to Jan, but when Jan noticed he was nervous she assumed that he was being stand-offish and decided to make him jealous by saying she was invited to a party being thrown by a wealthy socialite whom she assumed was going to propose. Unknown to Jan, this broke Henry's heart as it confirmed to him what he always feared -- that he was not good enough for Janet. Later a new foe calling himself the Magician robbed the yacht party and kidnapped the Wasp. Giant-Men set up a phony yacht party and used it to lure the Magician into a trap and captured him, saving Jan in the process and the two reconciled their feelings for one another, although Hank did not propose to Jan at that time.[67] However their romance began to start showing its first signs of strain when Hank began becoming more closed off about his feelings and neglecting Janet and losing himself in his work. On the Avengers front, the group was had to deal with the fact that they had to maintain Captain America on the roster in order to obtain the security clearance they needed from the government, something that the Wasp and the others were not sure that Cap was mentally prepared for.[68]

Soon the Avengers had to battle a foe from Cap's past, Baron Zemo who had formed a group his own, the Masters of Evil, which included many of the Avengers previous foes -- including the Black Knight, Radioactive Man, the Melter. While the Avengers stopped the Masters from immobilizing New York City with Zemo's Adhesive X, Cap faced off against Zemo alone, but Zemo managed to escape.[69] Pym later developed a new weapon for Janet to use in battle, this first model of her "Wasp's Sting" was a compressed air gun. Shortly after this, their old foe Egghead resurfaced and used a device to sent out false signals through Giant-Man's ant communication devices. The villain tricked the pair into fighting Spider-Man, but the heroes ultimately realized the trick and brought Egghead to justice, although Spider-Man parted from the duo on bad terms. Janet also operated on her own on occasion such as when she thwarted a jewellery robbery[70] and later a more tragic encounter she had with two would-be bank robbers fleeing from the authorities.[71] Later Giant-Man and the Wasp assisted the Avengers in apprehending weatherman turned super-villain the Weather Maker.[72] When Thor later fumed across the city over his inability to romance Jane Foster, Wasp and the other Avengers attempted to get him to confide in them, but to no avail.[73]

Carefree Existence

Tthe Wasp continued to live her carefree existence, and worked on her budding romance with Hank. She and the other Avengers attempted to console their teammate Thor over his continued romantic problems, but he still refused to let his teammates in.[74] Henry then began developing a new cybernetic control helmet that could trigger his transformations in himself and the Wasp without the use of pills, making their size changing abilities a matter of will. The couple were later asked by Captain America to investigate the appearance of a so-called Colossus who appeared in the Bora-Boru region of Africa. The pair clashed with the massive alien who was twice the size of Giant-Man. This was the first time that Pym pushed the 12 foot limit he placed on his growth powers, taxing his system. Ultimately the Colossus -- actually a would be invader from the planet Vega was defeated and he fled back to his homeworld. The people in this region erected a statue in their honour after. Later when the Magician broke out of prison once again, Hank was out of town, and the Wasp managed to tackle their foe all by herself.[75]

Giant-Man and the Wasp

The Wasp and the other Avengers later attempted to call Iron Man to a meeting regarding a new threat, one which Iron Man ignored[76] and had to answer for later when the group met. They suspended Iron Man and all took leave. It was at this time that Baron Zemo formed an alliance with the exiled Asgardians known as the Enchantress and the Executioner. The Enchantress used her magics to pit Thor against his comrades while Zemo made another attack on Captain America. Thanks to the arrival of Iron Man, Giant-Man and the Wasp were saved by Thor. Freed from the Enchantress' control, Thor joined his comrades in defeating their foes. Cap also defeated Zemo, but all the villains managed to evade capture.[77] Giant-Man, Wasp and Iron Man later attempted to assist Thor in one of his latest clashes with Loki, and were once again rebuffed.[78] Giant-Man and the Wasp then decided to try and focus their efforts on trying to capture the Hulk again and reign him back under Avengers control. They travelled back to the southwest unaware that their old foe the Human Top had followed them there as well and sought to destroy them once again. When Giant-Man tracked the Hulk down and was battling him, the Top convinced General Thaddeus Ross to fire a nuclear warhead at the town they were fighting on. However thanks to a warning from the Wasp, Giant-Man and the Hulk were dutifully warned, and the Hulk was able to destroy the atomic weapon. Unable to capture the Hulk, the couple gave up and returned to New York.[79]

Later Giant-Man and the Wasp captured a gang of criminals,[80] and later helped uncovered the Chameleon's plot to pit Iron Man against Captain America.[81] The Wasp later mobilized with her other fellow Avengers when the time traveller known as Kang the Conqueror of the 31st Century appeared in modern day Washington D.C..[82][83][84] The Avengers learned that Kang intended to conquer their era and when they fought back they were all easily incapacitated by Kang's future technology and taken prisoner.[82][83][84] The Avengers were freed in part thanks to Rick Jones, his Teen Brigade and Captain America, and Kang was forced back to his own era.[82][83][84] In the aftermath of the battle Janet and her teammates were part of a massive parade thrown in the Avengers honour.[83] She was also present when the Avengers were contemplating what to do regarding Spider-Man's apparent cowardice battling the Sandman,[85] however the web-head eventually redeemed himself.[86]

3rd Wasp costume

Henry later learned that his friend Lee Kearns had gone missing in Berlin and sought out to find him. Recalling how his last trip to Europe ended with the death of his first wife, Pym forbade Janet from following him finally explaining to her the details of Maria's death. Travelling to Berlin, Giant-Man rescued Kearns from the so-called Beasts of Berlin, gorillas that had their intelligence enhanced. Destroying the device, Giant-Man brought Lee to safety and returned him home.[87] The Avengers were later targeted by Zemo and his Masters of Evil once again. This time they had the newly empowered Wonder Man to infiltrate their team. Learning that the source of Wonder Man's powers were seemingly killing him the Avengers agreed to try and save his life. When Wonder Man prepared to betray the Avengers for a cure, he captured the Wasp and also pretended to have been capture himself. However when the Avengers came and Wonder Man realized that Baron Zemo intended to kill them, Wonder Man turned on Zemo foiling his plans, but seemingly died in the process.[88] Giant-Man and the Wasp were later targeted by their old foe Egghead once again. This time, Egghead lured them with a phony offer to appear in a television series only to trap them in an air-tight building and force Giant-Man to battle an android of his own making. Realizing that Egghead felt everything that the android did, he began to spin it around making Egghead dizzy enough to surrender and set them free.[89]

Giant-Man and the Wasp later joined the Avengers, Spider-Man, Daredevil, the X-Men, Fantastic Four and Dr. Strange in battling the crazed super-villain known as Sundown who was absorbing all the ambient light around New York. Despite the heroes combined might, it took the injury of Sundown's young friend Mary to force the villain to surrender over to the authorities.[90] Pym then began working on a formula to boost the growth of plants and animals. When he tested it out on a plant it soon began to grow out of control and knocked him out. At that very moment, a crook named Second-Story Sammy was passing by and happened to spy the unconscious hero. Learning Giant-Man's secret identity, Sammy decided to steal Giant-Man's costume and use its size-changing powers to commit a robbery. He was confronted by the Wasp and the two battled it out when Jan realized that the man in the costume was not her boyfriend. Pym later revived and used his army of ants to bring Sammy back to his lab where he quickly knocked the crook out and used his powers to stop the wildly growing plants. He then used an amnesia potion to wipe out Sammy's memories and criminal personality.[91] The Masters of Evil again attacked the Avengers, this time enlisting the aid of the time traveller known as Immortus, who kidnapped the Avenger's sidekick Rick Jones to lure them into a trap. The Avengers were then forced to fight what appeared to be historical figures. The heroes eventually won the day and the Enchantress used her spells to reverse time so they could ignore the offer made by Immortus to assist in destroying the Avengers and none of the heroes retained any memories of what transpired.[92][93] The Wasp later accompanied her fellow Avengers who followed Thor to Bavaria when Thor's hammer Mjolnir detected evil emanations coming from the region. There they encountered the X-Men who were summoned by their leader Professor X to help stop the alien being known as Lucifer from detonating a bomb. Learning that Lucifer connected the bomb to his heartbeat, the X-Men were ordered to keep the Avengers at bay so as not to harm or kill their foe. The X-Men complied, holding their own against the Avengers until Professor Xavier was able to shut down Lucifer's mind with his mental powers. With Lucifer knocked out, Xavier explained the entire situation to the Avengers, who agreed to leave the X-Men to disarm the bomb themselves.[94]

Giant-Man and the Wasp were later assisted the NYPD in trying to stop the protection racketeer known only as the Wrecker, who was forcing shops to pay him in order to keep their businesses safe. Pym and Van Dyne purchased a hardware store in the area and when the Wrecker arrived to intimidate them, they easily trounced him. The Wrecker was later unmasked and revealed to be Frank Smith, the former owner of the hardware store that Hank and Jan purchased.[95] Giant-Man and the Wasp later rejoined the Avengers in yet another attempt to bring in the Hulk. This time their encounter with the jade brute was complicated when the Masters of Evil convinced the Hulk to join them instead. The Hulk battled the Avengers with the Masters until Baron Zemo threatened the life of his former sidekick, Rick Jones, and the Hulk turned on Zemo and the Masters forcing them to flee, and the Hulk then escaped the Avengers once again.[96] When their teammate Iron Man went missing[97] the Avengers were targeted by Kang the Conqueror who built a android duplicate of Spider-Man to lure the Avengers into a trap. He tricked the Avengers into believing that Iron Man was trapped in the Temple of Triod located in Mexico. Giant-Man and the Wasp arrived there first and they were quickly incapacitated by the Spider-Man robot, and the other Avengers soon followed. The Avengers were later saved by the real Spider-Man who deactivated his robot doppelgänger.[98] In his private time, Henry began building a robotic replica of an ant, but grew mad at Jan when she damaged equipment delaying the project. Feeling rejected, Jan decided to leave Hank for good. Later his plane was captured by the Atlantean barbarian known as Attuma who decided to take Jan prisoner to study surface humans. Learning of this from his ants, Giant-Man came to Janet's rescue, and their combined size changing abilities tricked Attuma into thinking all surface dwellers had such powers and he fled.[99] Giant-Man later could not get the Avengers backing when his ants reported strange seismic activity below the surface of the Earth. Deciding to investigate alone, he was captured by the Mole Man who had built an atomic gyroscope to cause the Earth to spin so quickly everything on the surface would be destroyed. When the Mole Man foolishly set his Moloids after the Avengers, Janet and the others they followed them back and battle the Mole Man and his new ally the Red Ghost. The team defeated both villains, destroy the atomic gyroscope and freed Giant-Man from captivity.[100]

Near Death Experience

The Avengers began focusing on the Maggia crime syndicate, hampering their operations all over New York City. This prompted the Maggia's secret leader Count Nefaria to come to America. He invited the Avengers to his castle under the auspices that they were going to a charity gala. Instead he used a device to create holographic duplicates of the team to commit an act of treason. When the team was later attacked by the military, they deduced that Nefaria was responsible and attacked his castle. Giant-Man, the Wasp, Thor and Iron Man were immobilized by a specially made chemical created by Count Nefaria, but they were later freed by Rick Jones and the Teen Brigade. As Giant-Man assisted his fellow Avengers in defeating Nefaria, Janet took a bullet and was critically wounded.[101][102] Henry rushed Jan to a nearby hospital and where he learned that her left lung was punctured and should it fail her right lung could collapse, killing her. The only hope was in getting the aid of Dr. Svenson of Norway. When Thor brought back whom he believed to be Svenson they were all shocked that the "doctor" was really a member of the Kallusian race. The Avengers tracked the Kallusians to the North Pole where hey learned that Svenson was helping them willingly to survive on Earth in order to hide from their foes the Yirbek. However the Yirbek tracked down the Kallusians and they fled the Earth. This allowed the Avengers to bring Svenson back to America to perform the needed surgery on the Wasp.[103] Dr. Svenson soon informed the Avengers that the surgery was a success and the Wasp was going to live.[102] After Janet was released from the hospital, the couple were among the guests invited to the engagement part of Mr. Fantastic and the Invisible Girl.[104]

Being rushed to the hospital

After this, Henry began developing a new helmet that would allow to grow to larger sizes and to project a beam that could cause any object to shrink and grow, while Janet designed a new costume for him. While experimenting on their pet cat Tabby, Pym accidentally knocked over a vial of his growing solution and it caused a nearby spider to grow to gigantic size. With his new costume and helmet, Pym was able to defeat the massive arachnid before it could harm him or the Wasp.[105] The pair were next targeted by the Mandarin's adopted daughter Madame Macabre who had size changing abilities of her own, only they were limited to toy models created by her assistant Gogo. She attempted to convince Giant-Man to share the secret of his size-chaning abilities so they could rule the world but he refused. She then lured the Wasp to Central Park Art Galley and trapped her. When Giant-Man came to her rescue, Madame Macabre attempted to trap Giant-Man in a rapidly shrinking room in order to force him to reveal his secrets. With the help of the Wasp, Giant-Man escape and the pair captured Madame Macabre and turned her over to the authorities.[106] Not long after this the Masters of Evil launched their final gambit against the Avengers when Baron Zemo captured Rick Jones.[107] While Captain America went to South America to rescue Rick, the other Avengers battled the Masters of Evil which included the recently freed Black Knight. Ultimately, Baron Zemo died battling Captain America.[108][102] With the Avengers outnumbering them, the Masters of Evil fled as well. With Thor having left the team,[109] Iron Man, Giant Man and the Wasp began discussing the future of the group.[110] Giant-Man had decided that both he and Janet wished to take a leave of absence after Janet's recent brush with death.[111] Their meeting was interrupted by the arrival of the criminal known as Hawkeye who sought to join the Avengers in order to redeem himself of his past wrongs, and the three Avengers agreed to allow him to join the group and held a press conference announcing the first line-up change of the Avengers.[110][112][111] It was around this time that Hank and Janet's secret identities apparently had became public knowledge and they friendly had to duck from paparazzi on the streets[113]. Just as Captain America and Rick Jones arrived, Giant-Man and Wasp found two other replacement Avengers in the former members of the Brotherhood of Evil Mutants: the mutant twins Quicksilver and the Scarlet Witch. Giant-Man and the Wasp then left to pursue their own private goals, leaving Captain America to introduce the new line up of the Avengers.[110][35][112][111]

First Retirement

Not long after taking his leave of absence from the Avengers, Giant-Man was targeted by the alien known as the Hidden Man who used a mysterious "green ray" to steal knowledge from scientists all over New York. The Hidden Man became determined to steal Giant-Man's ability to change size for his own ends. Both he and the Wasp were no match for the green ray, which stole Giant-Man's ability to shrink. When Giant-Man finally caught up with the Hidden Man and attempted to capture him, members of the Hidden Man's race finally caught up with him and took him away, leaving Giant-Man without the ability to shrink at will.[114] Giant-Man then began trying to expand his size to even greater heights but this proved to be quite the ordeal as the strain on his body was too great. He eventually decided that he could only switch between two sizes: his normal height at 25 feed. When the Human Top resurfaced and attempted to get revenge for his past defeats. Just as Giant-Man was having his lab fitted to allow him to work at a much larger size and kidnapped the Wasp.[115] Tracking Jan through her cybernetic relays in her headdress, Giant-Man enlarged her train wasp Boopsie and rode it to the Human Top's hideout. There Giant-Man tried to fight through the Top's traps but fell into a massive freezer that the villain set out for him. Pulling the Wasp to safety, Giant-Man was too late to stop the Top from activating the fast acting freezer. The couple shrank in size, hiding in the massive ice coating that formed around Giant-Man's gigantic body. When the Top pulled the frozen statue out, they broke free and easily defeated the Top, handing him over to the authorities.[116] When the Human Top once again broke out of prison, both Giant-Man and the Wasp went after him, and arrived on the scene just as he was defeated by Spider-Man.[117] After this last mission, both Giant-Man and the Wasp went into retirement.[118]

4th Wasp costume

Henry took on a job with the United States government which involved a deep sea drilling operation to search for clues to the origins of life on Earth. Their operation caused earthquakes in the realm of Atlantis drawing the Sub-Mariner to the drilling platform which he then attacked.[119] As the soldiers tried to defend the platform a fire broke out. Suddenly and unknown to all, the Sub-Mariner was put under the control of his foe the Puppet Master and fled the location. Agreeing that the threat of the Sub-Mariner needed to be dealt with, Henry allowed Jan to go seek them out as the Wasp while he stayed behind to continue his research.[120] En route, Janet was captured by Attuma who believed she was a spy trying to stop his most recent plans to invade the surface world. Jan managed to break free and alert the Avengers, but in turn was captured by the Collector.[121] The Avengers ultimately thwarted Attuma's plans for conquest.[122]

Return to the Avengers

When Janet failed to turn up, Pym contacted the Avengers and revealed his secret identity to them and returned to Avengers Mansion to try and help them find her. After proving who he was, he was given a new costume and he decided to change his name to Goliath after Captain America called him one. However, after years of inactivity, Pym soon came to the horrific realization that he could only grow to 25 feet in height and that he could only do so for 15 minutes. To change size again any sooner or later would cause serious injury to him. Soon they were contacted by the Collector who challenged the Avengers to come and get him at his secret hideout. There Goliath battled through the Collector's various weapons as well as his minion, the Beetle. The team defeated the Collector, who teleported away with the Beetle. Although Jan was save, Henry was in his giant size for too long and quickly tried to change back to normal height. The strain was too much and Pym stopped reducing at 10 feet before passing out.[123] The Avengers rushed Goliath back to their headquarters where he was examined by a doctor who confirmed their worst fears: Goliath would be stuck at the height of 10 feet, seemingly for the rest of his life. When learning the news, Pym became deeply depressed fearing that he would be a freak for the rest of his life. He pushed Jan away and then left the mansion. However when the team was captured by the Black Widow, and her minions Swordsman and Powerman, he came to their rescue easily trouncing these foes, although they managed to escape.[124] The Wasp was later on hand with his teammates during a United States defence briefing.[125]

5th Wasp costume

Although his room in the mansion was redesigned to accommodate his 10 foot high stature, he continued to shut out Janet and brood over his disposition. He soon read a newspaper story about his old university professor Dr. Franz Anton who resided in South America. Believing that Anton could cure him of his predicament, Goliath secretly left the Avengers to seek him out without telling anyone where he went. When Pym arrived at Anton's home he found the scientist missing and his lab in shambles. He was soon attacked by members of a group of hidden people from the Forbidden Land. Goliath fought them off and took one of his attackers prisoner and forced him to take him to the Forbidden Land. There he found that Anton was a prisoner by the Keeper of the Flame who believed that Anton was a spy seeking to steal the secrets of their Cobalt powered flame. Goliath tried to talk sense and petition for Anton's release, but the fanatical Keeper ordered Goliath's death. Before he could be swarmed by the Keeper's legion, he was rescued by Prince Rey who sought to over throw the Keeper.[126] Ultimately the Avengers tracked down Goliath, and they managed to douse the flames and escape with Dr. Anton. When Goliath asked Dr. Anton for help, Franz told the hero that there was only one man he knew who could possibly cure him: Henry Pym.[127]

Finding new resolve, Goliath decided to try and cure himself of his own affliction instead, and slowly overcame his depression, much to Janet's delight. To assist him in his research he hired African-American biochemist Bill Foster. One night Bill was attacked by the Sons of the Serpent a racist organization that was determined to eliminate or remove everyone but American-born Caucasians. This attack prompted the Wasp to go to his fellow Avengers to deal with this organization. However, Captain America was captured by the Sons of the Serpent. As a senior member of the Avengers, Goliath took charge of the group and ordered his comrades to pretend to side with the Serpents in order to free Cap and shut them down on the inside.[128] This public backing from the Avengers angered Bill who temporarily stopped working with Goliath, unaware that this was all part of his plan to shut the racist organization down. Goliath and the Wasp appeared before a rally organized by the Sons of the Serpent under the auspices that they were throwing in their support. However they denounced the Serpents while Hawkeye freed Captain America. The Avengers then defeated the Serpents Captain America impersonator and revealed that their leader was General Chen, a communist soldier trying to create a propaganda victory against the United States for his country.[129] Returning to Avengers Mansion, the Wasp and her teammates were shown the Super-Adaptoid that Captain America had defeated when it broke into the premises. The inert android then copied all of their powers and escaped after battling Captain America.[130] The Avengers later decided to offer membership to Spider-Man, although the Wasp had her reservations with doing so. Although when the hero was brought before them his quick temper led to he and Goliath to come to blows. Eventually the fight was broken up and Spider-Man was given the mission to capture the Hulk as a test to prove if he was Avengers material. Ultimately, Spider-Man could not bring himself to capture the Hulk as he felt sympathetic toward his alter-ego of Bruce Banner and eventually declined membership.[131]. Later Janet became the obsession of a new villain calling himself the Living Laser. Seeking to win the Wasp's love, the Laser attacked Goliath at his lab, but the man-mountain easily defeated his foe and he was turned over to Captain America and Hawkeye. The Living Laser managed to break free, and instead of going to prison he made Cap, Hawkeye and the Wasp his prisoners.[132] Learning that Janet was in trouble, Goliath tracked the Laser down to his base. However by the time he arrived the Living Laser had already absconded with the Wasp to help overthrow the nation of Costa Verde. As Hawkeye and Captain America made a plan, Goliath and Bill stumbled upon a cure for his condition but Henry kept this a secret. The Avengers then launched an attack against the Laser's forces on Costa Verde. During the course of the battle, Goliath allowed himself to get captured, then used his recently regained shrinking abilities to free himself, and then the Wasp. The Avengers then crushed the Living Laser's invasion. With the communist regime of Costa Verde smashed, the people of the island thanked the Avengers and began setting up a democratic government.[133]

The Wasp and her fellow Avengers, and Hawkeye's girlfriend the Black Widow were next lured to the nation of Transia by the alien being known as Ixar who had already captured their comrades Quicksilver and the Scarlet Witch. Ixar had attempted to capture the Avengers in the hopes of transferring their powers into his Ultroids so that they would have superior abilities to battle an unspecified alien foe.[134] The Wasp and the other Avengers broke free from their bonds and battled the Ultroid's and Ixar's Ultroid form. Meanwhile, Hawkeye and the Black Widow forced Ixar to surrender when the Black Widow threatened to kill the alien, pointing out that she was not bound to the Avengers code of conduct, which forbade killing. Ixar then surrendered and left Earth, but Hawkeye and the Widow kept how they defeated their foe a secret as Hawkeye wished for the Widow to become a member of the Avengers.[135] When Hawkeye petitioned for the Black Widow to join their ranks, but the group was against it given her past career as a spy and the fact that she attacked them recently. Eventually the Black Widow secretly accepted an offer to work for the counter-espionage agency known as SHIELD. The Avengers were later attacked by the Enchantress who had enthralled the Olympian demi-god Hercules. Hercules was later freed from the spell when Hawkeye attempted to use a surfer arrow and the Enchantress was forced to flee. In the aftermath of the battle, Hercules' father Zeus appeared and exiled him on Earth for the next year. The Wasp and the others then invited Hercules to stay with them at Avengers Mansion as a guest until his exile was over.[136]

When the newspapers reported that the Black Widow had seemingly betrayed her newly adopted country, Hawkeye ran off to be alone and was captured by the Mad Thinker and his technologically enhanced footsoldiers the Triumvirate of Terror. The Wasp and the others soon fell as well, giving the Thinker access to Avengers Mansion and the Stark Industries built computers held there. However the Thinker's plan soon fell apart, as he had not foreseen that Hercules was staying with the Avenges and he and his Triumvirate was easily defeated.[137] Janet then joined her fellow Avengers on a quest to find the Cosmic Cube, leading to a clash with the Sub-Mariner who had discovered the device first. Although Namor had the advantage, the Cube was eventually taken from him and lost below the surface of the Earth, ending its threat for the time being.[138] Following this mission, Captain America began training Janet and the other Avengers putting them through an intense hand-to-hand combat training.[139] Henry later got permission to examine the Dragon Man android as part of his studies on artificial intelligence. However as he began his work, Dragon Man's former controller Diablo came seeking the creature and restored it to life, leading to a battle between the Dragon Man and Goliath. Goliath proved no match for Dragon Man's brute strength and Diablo took both Goliath and the Wasp prisoner.[140] Hank and Janet were then taken to Diablo's castle in Transylvania. Using Jan as a hostage, Diablo forced Pym to begin building an army of Dragon Men in a plot to take over the world. Henry's fellow Avengers came to his aid, but not wishing Janet to be hurt, he was forced to fight his comrades until Hercules managed to defeat the Dragon Man and save her. Diablo was defeated soon after and taken prisoner, while his castle was destroyed.[141]


Hank managed to recover the Dragon Man and began examining it further in order to learn a means to create his own artificial intelligence.[142] To this end he began developing his own robot with artificial intelligence that he called Ultron. When Pym finally completed Ultron, using his own brain engrams to create its personality. The robots artificial intelligence caused its intelligence and independence to increase to the point where Ultron became autonomous, paranoid, and developed on Oedipus Complex. Ultron then used hypnosis forcing him to close up his home and forget that he ever created Ultron so that the robot could upgrade and perfect himself uninterrupted.[143] Later when Hawkeye learned that his girlfriend the Black Widow was a prisoner in an Asian country, he and Hercules went to rescue her and became prisoners of the Red Guardian. It was during this period in which Jan turned 23 and she inherited her family fortune. When the Avengers learned of this, Goliath and the Wasp joined their teammates on the rescue mission.[144]

6th Wasp costume

The Avengers managed to rescue their captured friends, and return to the United States.[145] Later when Iron Man's foe the Mandarin gathered a number of Avengers foes to try and take over the world, every active member of the Avengers at the time were gathered to face the threat. Goliath and the Wasp accompanied Iron Man to South America where they stopped the Swordsman and Powerman from destroying an entire city with a massive explosive sword. The other Avengers were able to stop similar plots and the entire team tracked the Mandarin to his hideout in Asia. Goliath and the others were then forced to fight each other thanks to the Mandarin's hate-ray, but they managed to destroy it. With his plan thwarted, the Mandarin then fled.[146] For their defeat of the Mandarin, the Avengers were celebrated with festivities being held in Central Park. There they were attacked by the Super-Adaptoid, who was trying to complete its programming by killing Captain America. Goliath and the Avengers managed to defeat the android by tricking it into using all of its copied powers at once causing it to short circuit.[147] On their way home, Goliath and the Wasp happened past Hank's old house. When Janet asked to go in and get some make-up she left there, Pym's mental conditioning kicked in and he convinced her that he was too tired to go looking, thus keeping Ultron's anonymity in tact.[148]

Hank's Fluctuating Powers

Goliath and Wasp's old foe the Human Top -- having reinvented himself as a new villain called Whirlwind -- decided to get revenge as his old enemies. Taking on the false identity of Charles Matthews, Whirlwind got a job as Janet's chauffeur. This allowed him to get close enough to his old foes to know when they would be alone in Avengers Mansion. At this time Henry began working on controlling ants again, focusing on red ants, a species that was previously resistant to his mental commands in the past. Whirlwind attacked and used a shrink ray to reduce Goliath and the Wasp down to ant size and then tossed them into the ants habitat. Without their control devices and their size changing powers negated by the shrink ray, the couple were forced to fend for themselves. Eventually Henry got to a miniaturized cybernetic control-center that he made and salvaged it to create a new ant controlling headpiece which worked on the red ant. The pair then escaped their death trap just as Captain America and Quicksilver forced Whirlwind to flee. They then reversed the shrink ray to restore Janet and Henry back to normal.[149] Afterwords, the Avengers were rocked when Captain America suddenly decided to quit the team[150], making Hank the chairman to the Avengers[151]. In order to get their minds off of this, Henry and Janet decided to take a trip to Las Vegas.[150] The couple were called back to New York when Hawkeye received a distress signal from Quicksilver and the Scarlet Witch stating that they had become prisoners of Magneto. However before they could deal with this news, they mansion was approached by the new heroic Black Knight. Mistaking him for their old foe, the Wasp and the others battled him. It was during this battle that Hank began to discover his worse fears: that his growing powers were once again causing too much strain to his body forcing him to refrain from using them. After a brief battle they learned this new Black Knight was not a foe, and merely sought to warn them about Magneto's threat before he left, angry that they attacked him.[152][153]

The Avengers were later dispatched to the United Nations Building when Magneto, the Toad, Quicksilver, and the Scarlet Witch appeared there. Magneto put up the false pretence that he came to the United Nations to petition them to allow Mutants to have their own independent nation under his rule. When he was flat out refused, he attacked the UN assembly. While the Avengers came to defend the UN, Magneto used the opportunity to cause a guard's gun to fire, and used his magnetic powers to make the bullet crease the Scarlet Witch's brow, convincing Quicksilver to rejoin his side, and they soon fled.[154] With no other choice, Goliath was forced to reveal to his teammates that he could no longer use his growing powers. They eventually went to track down Hercules, who had been on a private mission for a number of days. They traced him to Mount Olympus where they assisted Hercules in his battle against Typhon who had banished the Olympians to the Land of Shades. Although they defeated Typhon and restored the Olympians, they lost Hercules as a teammate as his exile was lifted and he wished to return to his people.[155] Goliath then began trying to work on a means of restoring his growing powers but these experiments proved to be nearly fatal, and a failure. Soon the Avengers were once again targeted by the Collector, who captured the Wasp, Hawkeye and Goliath. Before they were imprisoned they found that Thor was already the Collector's slave. Unwilling to have an "incomplete" Avenger, the Collector then began experimenting on Goliath to try and restore his powers. The Avengers however eventually broke free, forcing the Collector to flee. Later, with the help of Thor and Iron Man, Goliath got the assistance he needed to have his growing powers restored to their peak once again.[156]

The Avengers were soon targeted by the Grim Reaper, who sought revenge against the Avengers as he blamed them for the apparent death of his brother, Wonder Man. Using his scythe, the Reaper put Goliath, the Wasp, and Hawkeye in a death-like state. Ultimately, the Reaper's plans were foiled by the Avenger's newest recruit the Black Panther who restored the Avengers back to normal.[157] The group was next approached by the Angel who sought the Avengers to aid the X-Men in stopping Magneto's latest schemes. Finding that Magneto had bugged the Angel and knew they were coming, they set up an elaborate ruse to make it seem like they did not trust the Angel and were prone to in fighting among themselves. While the Avengers were busy fighting the X-Men, who were under Magneto's mind control device, the Angel got the drop on Magneto and destroyed it. The Toad then set the base to explode, and all parties fled the base, all save for Magneto who seemingly perished in the blast.[158][159]

Ultron Strikes

Eventually, Ultron had upgraded himself to the point where he felt ready to attack the Avengers in an attempt to try and destroy his "father". To this end, he adopted the guise of the Crimson Cowl. At this time the Avenger's butler Edwin Jarvis was in desperate need of money for his mothers medical treatments. As the Cowl, Ultron approached Jarvis, offering him the money he needed in exchange for details regarding the security systems at Avengers Mansion. Jarvis went along with the plan thinking that his employers would easily be able to stop their foe. Ultron however hypnotized Jarvis into doing his bidding[160]. Ultron then formed a new Masters of Evil, which included past members the Radioactive Man and Melter, as well as Whirlwind and Klaw. Additionally, Ultron also hired the Black Knight, thinking him the villainous original, and not his heroic successor. When the Masters went to attack Avengers Mansion, the Black Knight tried to tip the Avengers off. This gave the Avengers a chance to fight back, but they were still captured and taken back to the Masters secret hideout. There Ultron had Jarvis "reveal" himself as the Crimson Cowl, while posing as a immobile mechanical construct of the Cowl[161]. The Avengers were placed inside a neutron bomb which Ultron intended to use against the city of New York, but the heroes were freed by the Black Knight. During the ensuing battle, Ultron chose to reveal himself and his entire plot but managed to escape while his comrades were defeated by the Wasp and the others.[160]

Before the Avengers could figure out why Ultron was seeking to destroy them, they received a call from Captain America and met with him at Dr. Doom's old castle. There Cap wanted to use Doom's Time-Platform to visit the year 1945 and confirm that Bucky had died during his battle with Baron Zemo in that era. While most of the team went back in time, the the Wasp stayed in the present to man the controls[162]. While Janet was watching the controls, the time traveller known as the Scarlet Centurion used one of his devices to make Jan become sleepy and hit one of specific controls[163]. This caused Goliath and the others to materialize before Baron Zemo. This led to a brief clash with the heroes before the Wasp woke up in the present and returned them to their native era[162]. However instead of being transported to the present, they were instead transported to the alternate reality of Earth-689. Returning to Avengers Mansion, the Wasp and the others were shocked to find what appeared to be the original Avengers meeting at their headquarters. This led to a brief clash where Janet fought an alternate version of herself. Escaping Avengers Mansion, Pym took the Avengers to Long Island university where Herodotus computer was being developed. There they learned that in this reality the Scarlet Centurion appeared before the original Avengers just after their battle with the Space Phantom and convinced them that in order to create a utopia, they had to destroy every other super-human on the planet. Seeing that their Earth-689 counterparts had created a fascist state, Janet and the others recovered the parts of Dr. Doom's Time-Platform, clashing with their counterparts once again. When they reassembled the Time-Platform and activated it, the Scarlet Centurion used it to enter that reality and attack them. Pym shrank down to ant-size and tampered with the controls shunting the Centurion away and transporting them to their native Earth-616. Returned to their proper time, the Avengers were visited by the Watcher who told the group that the Centurion was a past version of their old foe Kang the Conqueror.[163][164]

While the Avengers were occupied, Ultron continued to plot against the Avengers, tracking down the Mad Thinker and forcing him to turn over the seemingly inert android body of the original Human Torch[148]. Unknown to the two villains was that the time traveller Immortus used the Forever Crystal to create a chronal duplicate of the Torch as part of his on going plans to manipulate the destiny of the Avengers. One copy was taken by Ultron for his purposes, while another was left behind for the Mad Thinker to use for other purposes[165]. Ultron then took his copy of the Torch and rebuilt it into a new android known as the Vision[166][148], using stolen brain engrams of Wonder Man to create the Vision's new personality[143]. Ultron then sent the Vision to attack Hank and Janet and kill them.[citation needed]

There are two differing accounts of the Vision's first encounter with the Avengers. In the first account, the Vision attacked Janet's apartment just as Hank left to work on a bacteria culture. Hearing Janet scream for help, Pym raced to her rescue to find the Vision had passed out on the floor. Goliath and the Wasp took the Vision back to Avengers Mansion to examine him, learning that he was an android. The Vision then revived and a battle broke out which ended abruptly when the Vision overcame Ultron's programming. The Vision then led the Avengers to Ultron's hideout where Ultron's body was seemingly destroyed by the Vision[167]. Another account states that on the night in question, Hank and Janet had an argument over the amount of time that Hank was spending on his research and how it was neglecting their relationship. This took place at Avengers Mansion and when the Vision attacked, Hawkeye and the Black Panther were there to help. They were also attacked by Ultron at the Mansion and it was here that the Vision seemingly destroyed his creator[166]. The Avengers then began trying to uncover the mystery of the Vision[168], and decided to make him a member of the Avengers. While the Vision was recounting what he knew about his own creation, it also caused Hank to remember his own hand in creating Ultron and the mystery was finally resolved[143]. Curious, Hank managed to recover Ultron's head and with Iron Man reactivated it to learn why the robot turned against its creator. Ultron explained that it considered organic life weak and that the it was determined to eliminate all organic life to replace it with mechanical perfection. Pym then shut down Ultron before the disembodied head could attack him[169]. While Ultron appeared to be defeated, he would return to menace Pym and the Avengers again many times in the future.[citation needed]


Hank called in Iron Man, Thor and Captain America to discuss the addition of the Vision into their ranks, accepting the responsibility as chairman and the pressure he would be getting from both the NSA and SHIELD regarding the matter. Not long after it was agreed that the Vision was to become an active member of the Avengers, SHIELD agent Jasper Sitwell had the Vision arrested for interrogation over possible connections to the missing Super-Adaptoid[151]. Pym was furious over this action and he demanded that Captain America get him an audience with SHIELD director Nick Fury. The meeting with Fury was tense, but a request was put to the table for the Avengers to follow a lead on the Adaptoid. Fury asked the Avengers to assist them in investigating reports that AIM had created an army of Adaptoids to attack a small island off the coast of the Philippines. Pym accepted the mission on the condition that SHIELD release the Vision, whom they cleared of any connection with the Super-Adaptoid anyway[170]. When they arrived over the island, the Avengers Quinjet was shot down and Hank ordered Janet and the others to shut down the AIM facility on the island while he dealt with the army of Adaptoids alone. Growing to giant size, Henry evacuated a nearby village and then faced the army by himself[171]. Janet and the others shut down the AIM facility, and Hank destroyed their army of Super-Adaptoids, but the original Adaptoid itself managed to escape. After getting reamed out by both Nick Fury and NSA special agent James Murch, Hank was plagued by nightmares that evening. Awoken by these nightmares, Hank went out to his lab and in a fit of rage began smashing his equipment[172]. A combination of his emotional stress and the chemicals he inadvertently exposed himself to trigged a schizophrenic episode. His memories of Hank Pym were submerged and his inhibitions were pushed to the fore. He developed a new identity and costume, calling himself Yellowjacket. Unaware of who he was he also fabricated a story in which he believed he had defeated Goliath in battle, shrinking him down to size and leaving him to die at the hands of a spider[173][174].

As Yellowjacket, Pym began busting up criminals all over the city before going to Avengers Mansion, subduing Jarvis and then demanding that the group give him membership[173][102]. At the time, SHIELD agent Jasper Sitwell was in the mansion and in scanning Yellowjacket's face he found that it was a match to Henry Pym. When the Avengers took private council to consider Yellowjacket's demands Sitwell revealed this to them and also called in SHIELD psych specialist Agent Carver. Carver explained that Pym was going through a state of schizophrenic behaviour and that by exposing the truth to him could do more damage than good and cautioned the Avengers to play along with his delusions until further examination could bring about a treatment. The Avengers grudgingly agreed to do so, although Janet found herself uneasy with seemingly doing nothing for her lover[174]. It was then that Yellowjacket "revealed" that he had "killed" Henry Pym. This led to a clash between Yellowjacket and the Avengers, which ended with the heroes defeat and Janet as Pym's prisoner[173][174]. It here that Yellowjacket gave into his passions and kissed Janet and the two began talking about their future together. When the Avengers later "rescued" Jan from Yellowjacket, she informed the group that she intended to marry Yellowjacket, much to their shock and surprise[173]. Nick Fury was called in, and he was unimpressed with the situation, but Janet insisted that this was something that had to be done. Fury and the other Avengers conceded, agreeing to put on a mock wedding and keeping the truth of the situation a secret to avoid public embarrassment[175].


Unknown to Yellowjacket, his teammates were still struggling with how to deal with his current schizophrenic personality, with the Wasp insisting that the wedding had to go through, much to the protest of both the Avengers and SHIELD. Nonetheless, the wedding continued on under SHIELD supervision with all the super-hero guests invited accepting the "twist" wedding[175]. Unknown to all at the time, the catering staff had been replaced by the Ringmaster and his Circus of Crime who sought to get revenge against Thor by attacking him at the wedding[5][175]. The villains hid Princess Python's pet boa constrictor in the wedding cake and when Janet went to cut it, the snake attacked[5][175].

The wedding

Seeing Janet in peril, Yellowjacket at first cracked under the pressure until suddenly he used his growing powers "revealing" that he was Henry Pym the whole time. He and the Avengers easily defeated the Circus of Crime and turned them over to the authorities[5][176]. With Pym's mind seemingly restored to health, he accepted the fact that he was married to Janet, as the wedding was technically legal anyhow[5]. After the wedding, Hank was ordered to undergo psychiatric evaluation from Agent Carver, who reported back that while Hank was seemingly back to normal, his mental state was still far from stable[176]. Hank and Janet were returned to the Mansion just as Hawkeye, the Vision, and Black Panther took down the Super-Adaptoid. Later after a SHIELD debriefing over recent events, Hank and Janet decided to leave the group for their honeymoon and reflect on where their relationship was to go from there, but Hank vowed that when they returned they would devote themselves to the Avengers one hundred percent.[177]

The Honeymoon's Over

During their honeymoon, Hank deduced that his growing powers was what was partially responsible for his schizophrenic episode and decided to retire as Goliath in favour of maintaining his Yellowjacket identity, using his shrinking powers once again. He revealed this too late to Janet, who had designed a new Goliath costume for him. Initially, Hank and Janet returned to Avengers Mansion to destroy his latest and most powerful growth formula. However before he could, the Avengers were called by what appeared to be Nick Fury and asked to rescue the Black Widow from captivity in the Caribbean. Yellowjacket and the Wasp accompanied the Avengers on this mission, but Hawkeye -- given his past romantic relationship with the Black Widow -- was ordered to stay behind. This turned out to be a trap set by a partnership between Egghead, the Mad Thinker, and the Puppet Master, part of a plot to conquer the world. However while the Avengers were sent on a wild goose chase, Hawkeye took Pym's growth formula and abandoned Goliath costume and rescued the Widow from the villains who had her prisoner at Coney Island, although the villains escaped[178]. The other Avengers soon learned that the trio of villains plotted to use a massive satellite to hold the world hostage[179]. When they returned to base they found Hawkeye missing and began searching for him[180]. However Goliath and the Black Widow safe and sound[181], the Avengers were then visited by Golitha's brother, racketeer Barney Barton who provided the group with the location of Egghead's satellite in exchange for being allowed to join them and redeem himself. The Avengers stormed the satellite but were immobilized by some puppets made by the Puppet Master. Barney then seemingly sacrificed his life to stop Egghead, who managed to escape[182]. Egghead continued to target the Avengers, seeking to get revenge against his old foe Henry Pym. He hired the Swordsman to capture both Pym and Hawkeye, unaware of their recent changes in identity. Swordsman, having a past with Hawkeye accepted the job. However, when learning that Clint Barton abandoned his Hawkeye identity for Goliath, he mistakenly assumed that Henry Pym was Goliath and Hawkeye and kidnapped him, leaving the unconscious Yellowjacket behind after his attack on Avengers Mansion. Goliath later revived and captured both the Swordsman and Egghead.[183]

Shortly after this, Captain America led the entire world to believe that his identity as Steve Rogers was a false identity, forcing him to create a new one and struggle with his new life of anonymity[184]. Cap's distance from the team worried Yellowjacket, the Wasp and the other Avengers[185]. Later when Cap's arch-nemesis the Red Skull used the Cosmic Cube to swap their bodies[185], Cap in the Skull's body attempted to warn the Avengers. Yellowjacket, the Wasp and the others attempted to subdue the "Red Skull". When the Avengers and the Cosmic Cube controlled Sharon Carter proved incapable of destroying the Captain America, the Red Skull banished him to Exile Island[186]. Ultimately, Cap managed to defeat the Red Skull and return his mind to his proper body[187]. The Wasp next joined her fellow Avengers to meet with Adamantium inventory Myron MacLain to test the durability of the metal. When it proved as indestructible as claimed, the Vision -- acting on secret programming planted in his mind by Ultron -- stole the Adamantium and Molecular Rearranger needed to forge it to rebuild his creator. The Adamantium constructed Ultron-6 then attacked the Avengers[188]. The Wasp and the others were no match for this neigh invulnerable incarnation of their foe and he easily defeated them. Recovering, they followed Ultron back to his former hideout where the robot plotted to set off a nuclear explosion to destroy the city[189]. This nuclear holocaust was stopped by the Vision who finally managed to shake off Ultron's influence and save his comrades, but Ultron escaped. Seeking to lure Ultron into a trap, Yellowjacket contacted the Black Panther and had him ship them some Vibranium from his homeland of Wakanda. Then, Hank allowed himself to be hypnotized into thinking he was Myron MacLain with the hypnotic suggestion to constantly think of the phrase "thou shall not kill". Then, posing as the noted scientist he presented a speech to the United Nations. As expected, Ultron went after "MacLain" to siphon his knowledge of Adamantium so that Ultron could create an indestructible robot army. Instead, when Ultron attempted to drain "MacLain's" mind he absorbed the hypnotic command. Fighting it, Ultron attempted to self destruct, but the the blast was contained by the Vibranium, and Ultron was seemingly destroyed in the process.[190]


The Wasp and the rest of the Avengers came to the aid of their teammate Iron Man who was in the middle of a battle with an Iron Man LMD. While they arrived too late for the battle, Iron Man had destroyed his robotic doppelgänger, but at great strain to his frail heart. At the time the Avengers did not know that Iron Man and Tony Stark were one and the same, and were shocked when they unmasked Iron Man's armor to find Stark wearing it. Stark covered for his double identity by telling them that the "real" Iron Man was on another mission leaving him to defend his business alone[191]. The Avengers rushed Stark to a hospital for treatment. There they were attacked by Kang's Growing Man. The group tried to stop the Growing Man from kidnapping Stark, but the entire team found themselves transported to the year 4000 AD of Earth-6311 by Kang. There they learned that Kang had entered a contest with the cosmic being known as the Grandmaster for the life of his lover Ravonna. To this end, Kang agreed to pit the Avengers against champions of the Grandmaster's choosing[192]. Janet was held prisoner, while Captain America, Goliath, Thor and Iron Man were pitted against the Grandmaster's Squadron Sinister[193], Yellowjacket, the Vision and Black Panther found themselves transported to France circa 1941. There they were forced to battle that eras Captain America, Human Torch and Sub-Mariner[194][195].

With the heroes victorious, Kang sought to destroy his foes, but the Wasp -- with the unexpected assistance of the Black Knight -- freed Captain America, Thor, Iron Man and Goliath. They then attacked Kang and freed the others. The Grandmaster then offered Kang an opportunity: Either having his love Ravonna restored to life, or be given the power to destroy the Avengers. Thirsty for revenge Kang chose the latter, but failed in doing so as the Black Knight was not a member of the Avengers and he easily defeated Kang. The Grandmaster then returned the Avengers and their ally back to their own era. The Wasp then joined her fellow Avengers in accepting the Black Knight into their ranks.[194]


Wasp was once temporarily possessed by the Power Prism fragments, briefly acting as Dr. Spectrum.[2]

Hank later had a breakdown, during which he was captured by Ultron, reverted to his earliest days as Ant-Man, and made to attack the Avengers. During the fighting, it was the Wasp who took down her wayward husband. Janet later suspected that this, being brought down by his own wife, might have further exacerbated Pym's fragile mental state. She had begun seeing a therapist on the side, hoping for insight into how to help Hank's ego.[196]

When the Avengers were battling the Elfqueen, Hank blasted her in the back during a lull in the fighting while Captain America was trying to talk her down.[197] This began another round of fighting that caused Captain America to charge Hank for reckless behavior under the Avengers by-laws, since bystanders could have been killed. This began Pym's fourth nervous breakdown. He decided that if he could build a robot to attack Avengers Mansion, he could defeat it and be a hero in the eyes of his teammates. He included a special hidden weak spot on the robot just for the occasion. When Jan protested, Hank lashed out, brutally striking his wife. His plan went awry, and when the robot attacked the mansion, it was the Wasp who disabled it after Hank was overpowered. In the subsequent court-martial, Pym was stripped of his Avengers membership. Meanwhile, Jan began divorce proceedings.[1]

Welcoming She-Hulk

With the Avengers consisting only of four members, the team looked for "new blood" that could join their ranks. After meeting some of the world's best superheroines, Janet ended up inviting She-Hulk[198] and the two became great friends.[199]

Continued Avengers service and Chairmanship

Over the years, Janet had become a seasoned hero, a far cry from the ditzy thrill-seeker she had been while first teaming with Pym as Ant-Man. She continued service with the team after Hank's fourth breakdown despite the tremendous stress of the situation. After the divorce, she at times revisited her old dallying romance with Paladin.[16]

Janet's long tenure with the Avengers has molded her into an empathetic and savvy leader. She was eventually elected as chairman of the Avengers, a position which she held for some time. During this period, Janet and several other Avengers were among the group of heroes summoned to Battleworld by the Beyonder to fight in his Secret Wars. During the conflict, the Wasp appeared to be seduced by Magneto after he captured her, but she was merely playing along in order to find out his plans. Temporarily overpowering Magneto and his new allies the X-Men, she escaped in an alien aircraft that soon crashed. Jan took refuge with the outcast Lizard. The Wrecker gravely wounded her when the Wrecking Crew was dispatched by Doctor Doom to retrieve the Lizard. Left in a death-like state, she was revived by the alien healer Zsaji.[200]

While Avengers chairman, Jan led the team in discovering Jean Grey, an X-Man long thought to be dead. Her teammate Black Knight had an unrequited crush on her for some time, while another, Hercules, chafed at being given orders by a woman.[201]

The most serious test to the Wasp's leadership ability came when the Masters of Evil under Baron Helmut Zemo attacked and conquered Avengers Mansion. Hercules was beaten into a coma by the Masters, and admitted to hospital, and Zemo sent two of the most powerful Masters, Titania and Absorbing Man to finish him off. With the help of the second Ant-Man, the Wasp defeated the two far stronger villains. With every other active team member incapacitated and a small army of supervillains holding their headquarters, it was up to the Wasp to assemble a rescue squad and mount the assault to retake the mansion.[202]

The Wasp soon took a leave of absence, but was abducted by the goddess Artemis on the orders of Hercules' father Zeus, who blamed the Wasp for his son's condition. The Wasp and the rest of the Avengers stood against Zeus and some of his offspring until he saw sense and ended the hostilities.[203]

Eventually Hank's mental balance returned and he was reinstated as an active Avenger under the name Doctor Pym. Janet was briefly assigned to the West Coast branch alongside Hank after this. The two managed to rekindle a friendship and, some years later, a romance. While on a trip to Las Vegas, however, Jan turned down a marriage proposal of Hank's; she said she would not marry him again.[204]

After sustaining severe injuries during the Crossing, Pym put Janet through the same process that had originally given her her powers. This temporarily mutated Janet into an almost completely wasp-like form. In this form, she was among the Avengers who seemingly gave their lives to absorb the energy of Onslaught, in reality being shunted to an alternate dimension. She was later returned to normal by Franklin Richards, and helped to re-assemble the team after this event. Following a membership evaluation after dealing with Morgan Le Fay, Wasp was left in a reservist role for a time. She was pulled into the Destiny War along with Hank Pym, successfully leading a diverse team of Avengers from various times and realities, and eventually re-attained full membership and even the chairmanship of the team.[205][206]

Janet hosted "America's Next Superstar" for a time. After he rejoined the team, Jan had a dalliance with Hawkeye, which left Hank reeling. She soon returned to her longtime, if rocky, flame. Around this time, Jan also began using Pym Particles to grow to immense heights, just as Hawkeye (as Goliath) and Pym had done.[207]

An offhand remark from the Wasp to the Scarlet Witch regarding the latter's "children" accidentally ignited Wanda's breakdown that left the Avengers disassembled. During the chaos that ensued, the Wasp was badly injured by her good friend She-Hulk who had been driven into an uncontrollable rage, leaving Jan in a brief coma. It was Hank who brought her to the hospital and stayed at her bedside as she recovered. During this time they seem to have finally fully reconciled. Shortly thereafter, Pym received a fellowship at Oxford, and the two moved to England to reconcile and take a break from crime fighting.[208][209] Conflicting reports put Jan and Hank back as a couple during this period, and perhaps even remarried. However, their time together did not last for long. Tired of his dedication to his work, she eventually left him and returned to the U.S. to resume her own career as a fashion designer.[210]


Janet was among a group of superhumans who were kidnapped into space and expected to fight to death by the Stranger, who was believed to be the Beyonder. Janet took a leadership role during this time, using her experience with the Avengers to help the team with their tactics and the threats they came across. During this time, Janet also told Medusa why she and her ex-husband, who was also among those kidnapped and who was showing a romantic interest in the young hero Firebird, had been unable to reconcile their relationship. Spider-Man had been believed to have died at the hands of the new Venom, when this was revealed to have been the Space Phantom, who was then trapped in limbo. With the help of the new young hero Gravity, who gave his life to insure their escape, the group were able to return home to earth, where Janet and the others attended Gravity's funeral.[211]

Civil War and the Mighty Avengers

During the first superhero Civil War, Janet (who had always been open about her identity) and Hank both supported the Superhuman Registration Act and thus joined Iron Man's Pro-Registration Superhero Unit, with Hank helping spearhead the movement.[212] She hosted a pro-registration reality TV show, America's Newest Superhero.[213] Despite being on the Pro-Registration side, Jan was distraught when her friend Bill Foster, a leader of the opposing Secret Avengers, was killed in battle by a clone of Thor.[214]

At the end of the Civil War, Iron Man and Ms. Marvel recruited Janet to the Mighty Avengers. She participated in the retaliation against the Mole Man's biological creations, but when Ultron infected Iron Man by downloading itself into his Extremis armor and held its own against the remaining team, she resorted to calling her ex-husband Hank Pym for help. Janet and Hank were not technically on very good terms even as friends and she was unaware that a Skrull impostor had replaced him for the last several months. She continued to serve with the Mighty Avengers against an alien symbiote-infected populace in New York, and even arresting Doctor Doom.[215]

During the Skrull invasion on Earth, Jan, along with her Mighty Avengers teammates and the New Avengers, confronted a Skrull spaceship in the Savage Land and opposed many Skrulls who appeared as various superheroes dressed in older versions of their costumes. Both Avengers groups were taken back to New York by Mister Fantastic and Agent Abigail Brand of S.W.O.R.D. to confront the Skrulls in a final battle. What Janet was unaware of was that a growth serum that 'Hank Pym' (actually the Skrull Criti Noll in disguise) had given her a month earlier was tampered with and was designed to transform her into a monolithic, explosive bio-weapon. Criti Noll survived the battle long to activate the new growth serum in a desperate attempt to destroy the Earth following the supposed death of his queen Veranke in the final battle. Growing hundreds of feet tall with highly visible, and unstable, energy searing out of her body, Janet's former teammate and fellow founding Avenger Thor used his hammer to minimize the damage of the explosion by turning the energy emanated by her body back to herself so she exploded. Thor swore to avenge her death.[216]

Return from the Microverse

Shortly after after the Avengers/X-Men conflict, Janet was revealed to be alive. When Thor hit Janet with lighting, the process of expansion reverted sending her to the Microverse, where she used her Avengers Identi-Card in order to alert the Avengers of her presence. Without knowledge of which Avenger sent the signal, they asked for help from Giant-Man and traveled with him to the Microverse, where they finally found Janet who was fighting someone named Lord Gouzar. After defeating Lord Gouzar and liberating the Microverse from his tyranny, Janet and her fellow Avengers returned to their normal universe.[217]

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She then became a member of the Uncanny Avengers,[218] and had a romance with her teammate Havok. She would also later return to the Microverse to rescue a family who had been sent there by a new Inhuman's powers, confronting Gouzar again while there.[219] In addition to serving on the roster, she privately funded the team in order to avoid the problems that would come with government sponsorship.[220]


Following the World War Hate in which Avengers and X-Men alike joined forces to defeat the Red Skull, a magic spell cast by the Scarlet Witch and Doctor Doom inverted the moral axis of numerous heroes and villains. Wasp was one of the Avengers who became tyrants.[221] However, she was then captured by Captain America, who drained the Pym Particles from her body to use them to shrink and capture anyone who opposed him.[222]

The Wasp was later retrieved by Havok when the inverted X-Men stormed the Stark Tower. Alex tried to convince his brother to spare Wasp's life from a gene bomb the X-Men planned to detonate which would've killed every person on the Earth who wasn't a mutant.[223] After the bomb's detonation was prevented, Havok freed Wasp and tried to escape with her, claiming he was the one who defused the bomb. After realizing he hadn't done such thing, Janet turned on him and then rejoined the Axis to prevent Steve Rogers from helping the inverted Red Skull reinvert the affected heroes and villains. When a reinversion spell was cast, Wasp became good once again. However, Havok didn't (as he had been accidentally shielded by Iron Man), and used her as a leverage to escape from the heroes.[224]

The Ultron Agenda

The Wasp was among the Avengers who confronted Ultron when the robot took control of the planetoid Titan and brought it next to Earth with the intention to infect the planet with transmuting spores that carried the Ultron Virus. During the clash, Hank Pym and Ultron became merged into a single being that fled in terror after realizing what he had become. Janet organized a funeral for Pym, whom the Avengers presumed dead.[225]

Months afterwards, the merged Ultron returned to Earth, claiming Hank was in full control of the amalgam and intended to do good. The Wasp caught up with them, with the ulterior motive to analyse their conduct to corroborate if they were truly Hank Pym. Janet flunked them after Ultron's lack of knowledge on certain trivial matters raised several red flags. The Unity Division pressed Pym until his Ultron persona lashed out and they revealed their true intentions.[226] The Avengers believed to have dealt with Ultron after forcing him into a remotely-piloted Hulkbuster Armor with direction to the Sun.[227] After this incident, Janet remained assisting the Unity Division,[228] and eventually returned to its ranks full time[229] until the team was dissolved along with several other teams of Avengers.[230]

In the interim, Edwin Jarvis had brought a young woman named Nadia to the Van Dyne Estate in Southampton to introduce her to Janet, as he believed she was the daughter of Hank and his first wife, Maria, who had escaped from the Red Room and was seeking asylum with family she'd never met.[231] After a meeting with Deborah Forrester at the United States Citizenship and Immigration Services, Nadia and Ms. Marvel assisted Mockingbird in taking down Monica Rappaccini, and although the Scientist Supreme escaped, Nadia gleefully spent time with Bobbi, whose work on Project: Gladiator and adventures in the Savage Land had inspired her as a child. After mentioning that S.H.I.E.L.D.'s list of most intelligent humans listed women no higher than 27th, Nadia was prompted to start G.I.R.L., an enterprise to assess the Earth's greatest female scientific minds and convince S.H.I.E.L.D. that their list was outdated and in need of revision.[232] Janet and Bobbi eventually took Nadia and the other young women under their wing, integrating G.I.R.L. into Pym Labs where they could better serve as mentors.[233]

When Black Panther became chairman of the reformed Avengers, he enlisted Wasp to become part of the team's support crew, the Agents of Wakanda.[234] Around this time, Janet and Tony Stark acted on their latent romantic feelings for each other and began dating.[235] She helped Tony fight off the Raiders,[236] and the Controller.[237] During one of her outings with Stark, Janet was kidnapped by an amalgamation of Vision and Wonder Man controlled by a returned Ultron,[238] who intended to use a molecular fusion process on Wasp to merge her with Jocasta to become his new bride. Iron Man intervened with the help of Machine Man, and became fused to his armor.[239] Janet assisted Tony in unmerging from his suit when he used a process that required him to pilot a Nano Iron Man Armor inside his body.[240] After Ultron was defeated, Tony came to think that he was an artificial duplicate of his real self, and broke up with Janet since he believed she deserved somebody who was an actual person.[241] After Tony sorted out his identity crisis, he and Janet semi-rekindled their relationship, leaving it in the open on where it might go in the future.[242] After Tony decided to return to his roots, Janet decided to formally break up with him, both agreeing that it was for the best.[243]

Powers and Abilities

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Size Reduction: Due to long-term exposure to Pym Particles, The Wasp could reduce herself in size, down to the dimensions of the insect from which she takes her name, roughly 1/2 inch in height. She usually chooses not to retain her standard density while at this reduced mass, but can choose to do so at will. The "lost" mass is shunted to a pocket dimension for later retrieval. Additionally, her strength was boosted while she is at reduced size, to the extent that she can bend a one-inch diameter steel bar almost double. Her size allows her to be easily unnoticed in most cases, allowing her to become stealthy in some cases.[citation needed]

Bio-Synthetic Wings: Due to small implanted insect wings, the Wasp could fly at incredibly fast speeds. These are functional when she reduced herself in height, and can remain so until reaching a height that is a nearly foot shorter than her normal height. Her flight speed can also allow her to gain a form of superhuman reflexes and agility, being able to easily evade targets and attacks.[citation needed]

Wasp's Sting: The Wasp could generate powerful bio-electric blasts from her hand that have been shown to be capable of cutting through high-density structures and is able to cause extreme pain to superhumanly strong and highly durable beings and can pierce their skin.[citation needed]

Insect Communication and Control: Through the use of her retractable antennae, the Wasp could communicate with and control certain higher insects, in a manner similar to Ant-Man's Helmet. She rarely chose to utilize this ability, however.[citation needed]

Size Addition: In addition to being able to shrink, Wasp can grow significantly in size as well.[244][245][246][247] The growth process requires the rapid acquisition of bodily mass, presumably from an extra-dimensional source. This extra-dimensional mass should fortify all of her cellular tissues, including her bones and muscles, making it possible to support her increased weight, and giving her superhuman strength and durability.[248]


Talented Fashion Designer: Janet was a very talented fashion designer. During her early days as the Wasp, she would constantly make new costumes for herself and wear different ones for almost every new mission. Over the years her talent earned her great acclaim in the fashion world. Janet's talents also extend to designing costumes for other superheroes; especially her Avengers teammates, including Firestar and Justice. She possessed enough costumes of her own to fill either an entire closet or two.[citation needed]

Multilingual: Janet could speak fluent English, Spanish,[249][250] Hungarian,[251] French and Italian.[252] She has also taught herself to speak the language of the Microverse.[253]

Gifted Leader: While serving as Chairman of the Avengers, Janet proved herself to be a gifted and charismatic leader. She's also an astute diplomat and an avid student of public relations.[citation needed]

Gifted Amateur Screenwriter: Janet wrote a script, The Coming of The Avengers, which detailed her early adventures with Ant-Man and the formation of the original Avengers. Her screenplay so impressed representatives at the Titan Talent Agency, that they set up a meeting between her and Dino Domani, one of the most financially successful producers in Hollywood.[254]

Expert Combatant: Janet had adapted to a special kind of hand-to-hand combat that was created by her ex-husband Hank Pym, which takes advantage of the fighter's insect size against a much larger form and physique enabling them to strike pressure points before the opponent even realizes what happened. She was also trained in multiple martial arts and unarmed combat fields by Captain America, making her into an adept combatant.[citation needed]

Physical Strength

Janet has the strength of a normal human female of her age, height, and build who engages in moderate regular exercise. The Wasp's strength was boosted when she reduced in size, and increased geometrically when she chose to use her growing powers. At 10 feet tall, she could lift (press) 1,000 pounds, at 25 feet tall she could lift (press) 10 tons, and at 100 feet tall, she could lift (press) 50 tons. The higher she grew past 25 feet, the more of her strength she had to use simply to support her own enormous mass.[citation needed]



Wasp's Suit: At first Janet needed the suit to release the Pym Particles that allowed her to shrink but due to repeat exposure she was able to produce the particles herself. During her early days as the Wasp, she would constantly make new costumes for herself and wear different ones for almost every new mission. Even today, she changes costumes more often than most other superheroes.[citation needed]

Avengers Identicard





  • According to Henry Pym, there was a strong physical resemblance between Janet Van Dyne and Maria Trovaya; however, Janet was much younger than Maria.[11]
  • During her first meeting with Henry Pym, Janet found him quite handsome. She quickly dismissed the possibility of a romantic relationship with him, because she considered him a dull, intellectual bookworm. Her ideal man (at the time) was an adventurer.[11]
  • Henry Pym initially though Janet to be quite typical for a bored, society playgirl. With closer interaction between them, Pym discovered that she had both determination and strength of character.[11] He was apparently not bothered that her main motivation was avenging her father's death, since his own motivation in becoming a hero was avenging his wife's death. They both took oaths of vengeance, before becoming Avengers.[11]
  • When Janet initially informed Henry Pym that her father had been murdered and asked for his help, Henry hanged up the phone on her. He assumed that this was a prank call, and that Janet was lying to him. He only responded to her request for help, when Ant-Man's Ants confirmed that Vernon Van Dyne had been killed.[11]
  • Janet supposedly chose Henry Pym as the first person to contact for help following Vernon's death, purely because her father considered Henry trustworthy, seemingly ignoring that the two men barely knew each other, and that they had met in person only once.[11]
  • Janet loved her father, but never told him how much she appreciated him. In reaction to his death, she proclaimed that "there is one thing I can do...avenge him!".[11] She also vowed to find out who had killed him, even if it took the rest of her life to do it.[11]
  • During her first mission as the Wasp, Janet admitted that she was falling in love with Henry Pym. She wanted to tell him before either of them died in battle.[11]
  • Henry Pym initially denied Janet's romantic affections, for two reasons. First, that Janet was much younger than him, and (in his view) still a child. Second, that he had already lost one loved one (Maria Trovaya), and never wanted to lose a second one. He was determined never to love anyone.[11]
  • While Ant-Man lectured the Wasp on how inappropriate her expressions on affection were, she did not believe a word. Janet was amused to notice that Ant-Man was blushing while speaking to her.[11]


  • Wasp chose the name Avengers for the team.[14] The Vision also took his name from a description of him by the Wasp.[167]
  • Wasp is a Protestant.[255]

See Also

Links and References


  1. 1.0 1.1 Avengers #213
  2. 2.0 2.1 Avengers Annual #8
  3. Uncanny Avengers #7
  4. Secret Invasion #8
  5. 5.0 5.1 5.2 5.3 5.4 5.5 5.6 Avengers #60
  6. Avengers Vol 3 #2
  7. Uncanny Avengers Vol 3 #22
  8. 8.0 8.1 Fantastic Four #558
  9. 9.0 9.1 Avengers Academy #7
  10. 10.0 10.1 10.2 Ant-Man's Big Christmas #1
  11. 11.00 11.01 11.02 11.03 11.04 11.05 11.06 11.07 11.08 11.09 11.10 11.11 11.12 11.13 11.14 11.15 11.16 Tales to Astonish #44
  12. Avengers Vol 3 #31
  13. Official Handbook of the Marvel Universe #12
  14. 14.0 14.1 14.2 14.3 14.4 Avengers #1
  15. 1939 Daily Bugle #1
  16. 16.0 16.1 Avengers #251
  17. 17.0 17.1 17.2 Tales to Astonish #27
  18. 18.0 18.1 18.2 18.3 18.4 Avengers Origins: Ant-Man & the Wasp #1
  19. Avengers Origins: Ant-Man & the Wasp #1. It should be pointed out that Tales to Astonish #44 states that Pym did not meet Janet or Vernon van Dyne or learn about his gamma-ray beam until after he became Ant-Man. This since been retconned into a larger narrative as per Avengers Origins: Ant-Man & the Wasp #1 to create a more diverse and dramatic narrative of the romance between Hank and Janet.
  20. Avengers Origins: Ant-Man & the Wasp #1. Which again differs from Tales to Astonish #44 which shows Pym meeting Vernon after becoming Ant-Man. It should be interesting to note that in Tales to Astonish #44 it is Henry Pym who shows a lack of interest in Vernon's work
  21. Tales to Astonish #35
  22. Marvel Team-Up #60
  23. 23.0 23.1 Avengers #227
  24. Tales to Astonish #45
  25. Tales to Astonish #46
  26. Tales to Astonish #47
  27. Tales to Astonish #48
  28. Avengers #1 & Avengers: The Origin #1. Avengers Vol 1 1 states that Teen Brigade used ham radios, and that Loki's spell split the signal. In Avengers: The Origin #1 the Teen Brigade is depicted as using the internet. It should be noted that the technology used by the Teen Brigade is topical to the era of the original publication and is subject to the Sliding Timescale
  29. Avengers #1 shows this as an illusion that Thor tried to fight alone, while Avengers: The Origin #2 states that it was beamed into his head and showed the Hulk killing all the gathered heroes
  30. Avengers: The Origin #2
  31. 31.0 31.1 Avengers: The Origin #3
  32. 32.0 32.1 Avengers: The Origin #4
  33. 33.0 33.1 Avengers: The Origin #5
  34. Mighty Avengers #21
  35. 35.0 35.1 Avengers #280
  36. Iron Man: The Iron Age #2
  37. 37.0 37.1 37.2 37.3 37.4 Avengers: Earth's Mightiest Heroes #1
  38. Invincible Iron Man #500.1
  39. Avengers Classic #1
  40. Iron Man: Kiss & Kill #1
  41. Tales to Astonish #49
  42. Avengers #1.5
  43. The Space Phantom made this claim in Avengers #2. However it was later revealed in Avengers: Forever #8 that this was all part of a scheme by the time traveller known as Immortus to manipulate the destiny of the Avengers
  44. Avengers #2
  45. Avengers Vol 3 #20
  46. Untold Tales of Spider-Man #3
  47. Tales to Astonish #50
  48. Tales to Astonish #51
  49. 49.0 49.1 Avengers #3
  50. 50.0 50.1 50.2 50.3 Avengers #4
  51. Captain America Vol 4 #13
  52. 52.0 52.1 Captain America: Man Out of Time #1
  53. Age of Heroes #4
  54. Captain America: Man Out of Time #2
  55. Mighty Avengers #20
  56. Tales to Astonish #52
  57. Tales to Astonish #53
  58. Sentry #1. As per Sentry Vol 1, the memories of this battle were soon erased when the Sentry realized that the only way to defeat the Void -- his dark half -- was to make the entire world, including himself, forget his entire existence
  59. Fantastic Four #25
  60. Fantastic Four #26
  61. Avengers #5
  62. Avengers: Earth's Mightiest Heroes #2
  63. Captain America: Man Out of Time #4
  64. Tales to Astonish #54
  65. JLA/Avengers #1
  66. Tales to Astonish #55
  67. Tales to Astonish #56
  68. Avengers: Earth's Mightiest Heroes #3
  69. Avengers #6
  70. Tales to Astonish #57
  71. Avengers Classic #6
  72. Thor: Godstorm #1
  73. Journey into Mystery #101
  74. Journey into Mystery #105
  75. Tales to Astonish #58
  76. Tales of Suspense #56
  77. Avengers #7
  78. Journey into Mystery #108
  79. Tales to Astonish #59
  80. Amazing Spider-Man Annual #1
  81. Tales of Suspense #58
  82. 82.0 82.1 82.2 Avengers #8
  83. 83.0 83.1 83.2 83.3 Avengers: Earth's Mightiest Heroes #4
  84. 84.0 84.1 84.2 Captain America: Man Out of Time #5
  85. Amazing Spider-Man #18
  86. Amazing Spider-Man #19
  87. Tales to Astonish #60. In the original story, it states that Lee was being held in East Berlin. Following the end of World War II Germany was split up into different zones under the control of various countries that were part of the Allied Forces. Particularly Berlin which was split between the East and the West. East Berlin was part of the "Soviet Zone" and under communist rule while the West was part of the "American Zone" under democratic rule. The Berlin Wall was eventually constructed in 1961 dividing the two sectors. Tales to Astonish #60 was published in 1964 when the Berlin wall was still up. This is a topical reference since the Berlin Wall was completely demolished in 1990. The Sliding Timescale applies here as the Berlin Wall still being up would radically affect the timeline. In the Official Handbook of the Marvel Universe A-Z #2 the references to the Beasts of Berlin story in Tales to Astonish #60 have been generalized as they have been in the narrative of this article: That while the story still took place in Berlin, there was no longer an East/West distinction. The scientists were communists, but any references to the Cold War are no longer referenced
  88. Avengers #9. Wonder Man turned out to be in a state of suspended animation as revealed in Avengers #102
  89. Tales to Astonish #61
  90. Untold Tales of Spider-Man Annual #1997
  91. Tales to Astonish #62
  92. Avengers #10. Avengers: Forever #8 reveals that this was yet another one of the manipulations of the Avengers destiny by Immortus. It also revealed the "historical" beings that they battled were really Space Phantoms in disguise
  93. Thor Annual #17
  94. X-Men #9
  95. Tales to Astonish #63
  96. Hulk Smash Avengers #1
  97. During that time Tony Stark was believed dead in Tales to Astonish #59, during this time Iron Man was fighting the Mandarin as per Tales to Astonish #60
  98. Avengers #11
  99. Tales to Astonish #64
  100. Avengers #12
  101. Avengers #13
  102. 102.0 102.1 102.2 102.3 Avengers: Earth's Mightiest Heroes #5
  103. Avengers #14
  104. Fantastic Four #36
  105. Tales to Astonish #65
  106. Tales to Astonish #66
  107. Avengers #15 states this happened before the Avengers eyes, while Avengers: Earth's Mightiest Heroes #5 states that Rick was captured while the Avengers were away from the mansion.
  108. Avengers #15
  109. Journey into Mystery #116
  110. 110.0 110.1 110.2 Avengers #16
  111. 111.0 111.1 111.2 Avengers: Earth's Mightiest Heroes #7
  112. 112.0 112.1 Marvel: Heroes & Legends Vol 2 #1
  113. Marvel: Heroes & Legends (Vol. 2) #1, which is refuted in later stories when Pym reveals his identity to the Avengers in Avengers #28
  114. Tales to Astonish #67
  115. Tales to Astonish #68
  116. Tales to Astonish #69
  117. Amazing Spider-Man Annual #37
  118. Avengers #22
  119. Tales to Astonish #77
  120. Tales to Astonish #78
  121. Avengers #26. The Collector was revealed as the Wasp's captor in Avengers #28
  122. Avengers #27
  123. Avengers #28
  124. Avengers #29
  125. Tales of Suspense #91
  126. Avengers #30
  127. Avengers #31
  128. Avengers #32
  129. Avengers #33
  130. Tales of Suspense #84
  131. Amazing Spider-Man Annual #3
  132. Avengers #34
  133. Avengers #35
  134. Avengers #36. Quicksilver and the Scarlet Witch previously went to Transia in Avengers #30 due to the fact that their powers appeared to be fading. They had believed that this loss of power was tied into the fact that they were away from their homeland. Although it was hinted that this might have been an influenced by the demon Chthon in Official Handbook of the Marvel Universe (Vol. 2) #2
  135. Avengers #37. Black Widow broke free from her brainwashing in Avengers #32
  136. Avengers #38
  137. Avengers #39
  138. Avengers #40
  139. Mighty Avengers #33
  140. Avengers #41
  141. Avengers #42
  142. Age of Ultron #6
  143. 143.0 143.1 143.2 Avengers #58
  144. Avengers #43
  145. Avengers #44
  146. Avengers Annual #1
  147. Avengers #45
  148. 148.0 148.1 148.2 Avengers #135
  149. Avengers #46
  150. 150.0 150.1 Avengers #47
  151. 151.0 151.1 Avengers: Earth's Mightiest Heroes Vol 2 #1
  152. Avengers #48
  153. Uncanny Origins #11
  154. Avengers #49
  155. Avengers #50. Hercules started on his private mission to end his exile in Avengers #46
  156. Avengers #51
  157. Avengers #52
  158. Avengers #53. The X-Men began battling Magneto in X-Men #45. Magneto didn't die here, turning up alive and well in X-Men #62
  159. Domination Factor: Avengers #2
  160. 160.0 160.1 Avengers #55
  161. Avengers #54
  162. 162.0 162.1 Avengers #56
  163. 163.0 163.1 Avengers Annual #2
  164. Captain America Annual #11
  165. Avengers: Forever #8
  166. 166.0 166.1 Avengers Origins: Vision #1
  167. 167.0 167.1 Avengers #57
  168. Sub-Mariner #8
  169. Annihilation: Conquest #5
  170. Avengers: Earth's Mightiest Heroes Vol 2 #2
  171. Avengers: Earth's Mightiest Heroes Vol 2 #3
  172. Avengers: Earth's Mightiest Heroes Vol 2 #4
  173. 173.0 173.1 173.2 173.3 Avengers #59
  174. 174.0 174.1 174.2 Avengers: Earth's Mightiest Heroes Vol 2 #5
  175. 175.0 175.1 175.2 175.3 Avengers: Earth's Mightiest Heroes Vol 2 #6
  176. 176.0 176.1 Avengers: Earth's Mightiest Heroes Vol 2 #7
  177. Avengers: Earth's Mightiest Heroes Vol 2 #8
  178. Avengers #63
  179. Sub-Mariner #14
  180. Daredevil #52
  181. Hawkeye: Blind Spot #2
  182. Avengers #64. Egghead's partners the Mad Thinker and Puppet Master, who had plots of their own, were defeated in Sub-Mariner #14 and Captain Marvel #14 respectively. Barney Barton was revealed to have been an undercover CIA agent in Hawkeye (Vol. 3) #6 and Hawkeye: Blind Spot #3. It was later revealed that Barney wasn't truly dead and was put in suspended animation by Egghead and has recently been revived as seen in Hawkeye: Blind Spot #3
  183. Avengers #65
  184. Captain America #113
  185. 185.0 185.1 Captain America #114
  186. Captain America #116
  187. Captain America #119
  188. Avengers #66
  189. Avengers #67
  190. Avengers #68
  191. Iron Man #18. The LMD was set against Iron Man by Mordecai Midas
  192. Avengers #69
  193. Avengers #70
  194. 194.0 194.1 Avengers #71
  195. Invaders Annual #1
  196. Avengers #161-162
  197. Avengers #212
  198. Avengers #221
  199. Sensational She-Hulk #2
  200. Marvel Super Heroes Secret Wars #1-12
  201. Avengers #263-264
  202. Avengers #273-275
  203. Avengers #282-285
  204. Avengers Vol 3 #71
  205. Avengers Forever #1-12
  206. Avengers Vol 3 #27
  207. Avengers Vol 3 #77-84
  208. Avengers #500-503
  209. Avengers Finale #1
  210. Mighty Avengers #13
  211. Beyond! #1-6
  212. Civil War #1
  213. Eternals Vol 3 #1
  214. Civil War #4
  215. Mighty Avengers #1-11
  216. Secret Invasion #1-8
  217. Avengers Vol 4 #32
  218. Uncanny Avengers #5
  219. Avengers Assemble Vol 2 #20
  220. Uncanny Avengers #18.NOW
  221. Avengers & X-Men: AXIS #4
  222. Avengers & X-Men: AXIS #5
  223. Avengers & X-Men: AXIS #7
  224. Avengers & X-Men: AXIS #9
  225. Avengers: Rage of Ultron #1
  226. Uncanny Avengers Vol 3 #10
  227. Uncanny Avengers Vol 3 #12
  228. Uncanny Avengers Vol 3 #15
  229. Uncanny Avengers Vol 3 #17
  230. Avengers #690
  231. All-New, All-Different Avengers #9-12
  232. Unstoppable Wasp #1
  233. Unstoppable Wasp #8
  234. Avengers Vol 8 #12
  235. Tony Stark: Iron Man #4
  236. Tony Stark: Iron Man #6
  237. Tony Stark: Iron Man #7-11
  238. Tony Stark: Iron Man #15
  239. Tony Stark: Iron Man #16
  240. Tony Stark: Iron Man #18
  241. Tony Stark: Iron Man #19
  242. Iron Man 2020 Vol 2 #6
  243. Iron Man Vol 6 #1
  244. Avengers Vol 3 #77-78
  245. Avengers Vol 3 #80-81
  246. New Invaders #0
  247. Mighty Avengers #8
  248. Official Handbook of the Marvel Universe Vol 2 #10; Dr. Henry Pym's entry
  249. Avengers Vol 3 #29-30
  250. Unstoppable Wasp #7
  251. All-New, All-Different Avengers #15
  252. Whitley, Jeremy (6 July 2017). Janet speaks Spanish?. Tumblr. Retrieved on 21 May 2018.
  253. Avengers Vol 4 #31-34
  254. West Coast Avengers Annual Vol 2 #6
  255. Peter Parker, The Spectacular Spider-Man #105
  256. Marvel Avengers: The Ultimate Character Guide #2
  257. Official Handbook of the Marvel Universe A-Z Vol 1 13
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