One of my most anticipated films of 2018 is Ant-Man and The Wasp, it also is the one film that scares me the most. Mainly because it’s going to include my favorite Marvel character Janet Van Dyne. Now don’t get me wrong I am so excited to finally see Jan on the big screen, but that excitement doesn’t necessarily outweigh my concern for how they’re going to treat the character.
Janet Van Dyne in the comics has been through so much. She spent the majority of her early life (like many other female heroes of that time) being completely defined by somebody else. Her Husband Hank Pym aka Ant-Man. She was seen as just his girlfriend in those early years, despite being an incredibly powerful hero in her own right. She was even the one to name The Avengers! Then in pages of Avengers #213 Hank Pym struck her across the face, an act that would not only define his character forever but Jan’s as well.
She eventually came into her own and became a wonderful and strong character, that acknowledged the horrible things that happened to her but didn’t let herself become defined by them. Then they killed her off only to make Hank Pym The Wasp and further his development. She eventually came back to life, as most characters in comics do and she had a few great storylines shortly after, including the Microverse arc where it was revealed that she didn’t die she actually shrunk to microscopic size and fought a villain named Lord Gouzer ( it’s a long story just Google it) but recently Marvel has pretty much sidelined her. She hasn’t made any major appearances in the comics in the past couple of years or had a solo series, despite a very loyal fan base who desperately want more stories about her.
When they first announced the Ant-Man movie I was very excited, finally, Jan is going to be on the big screen and get the attention she deserves! Then they said that Hank Pym wasn’t going to be Ant-Man, it was going to be Scott Lang. I’m a fan of that storyline so I wasn’t too concerned, but then they announced that Jan wasn’t even going to be in the film at all and instead Evangeline Lilly was going to be playing her daughter Hope Van Dyne. It may be a tad dramatic to say but I was devastated. I loved Ant-Man and Hope Van Dyne a lot and Jan was technically in the movie, but it wasn’t nearly enough. Once again my favorite character got pushed to the side in favor of Hank Pym.
Ant-Man and the Wasp is finally going to have an appearance from Jan and I hope they fully embrace this wonderful character for all that she is. I don’t want her to be just Hank’s wife or just Hope’s mom, she’s so much more. I could be underestimating Marvel, they have managed to completely subvert my expectations in the best ways before ( I never thought I’d say I love Valkyrie or Rocket Racoon as much as I do) and Michelle Pfeiffer is going to be playing Janet and I don’t think she would sign on for a terrible role. I will hope for the best, but after years of watching my favorite hero be dragged continuously through the mud, I can’t help but expect the worst.