The Wasp (Janet Van Dyne) is a fictional character and superheroine appearing in American comic books published by Marvel Comics, appearing as one of the main characters of the Avengers comics. Created by the late Stan Lee, the late Jack Kirby and the late Ernie Hart, the character first appeared in Tales to Astonish #44 (June 1963).
The Wasp is the partner of Hank Pym (also known as Ant-Man), and later became his wife. She is usually depicted as having the ability to shrink to a height of several centimeters, fly by means of insectoid wings, and fire bioelectric energy blasts. She is a founding member of the Avengers as well as a longtime leader of the team, and was a member of the Defenders and the Lady Liberators.
The character has appeared in numerous media since her debut, such as in the Marvel Cinematic Universe, making a cameo appearance in the 2015 movie Ant-Man, and a full appearance in the 2018 movie Ant-Man and the Wasp, the 2019 movie Avengers: Endgame, and the 2023 movie Ant-Man and the Wasp: Quantumania, played by Michelle Pfeiffer and Hayley Lovitt (younger). An original MCU Wasp, Janet's daughter Hope van Dyne (named after Hope Pym), is played in each movie by Evangeline Lilly.
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