In an interview with MTV Kevin Feige has confirmed that the character and founding member of the Avengers (in the comics), the Wasp, aka Janet Van Dyne, will make an appearance in the upcoming Ant-Man movie. Mr. Faige told MTV, “She factors in a number of spoiler-ish ways, but we will see Janet van Dyne in action in this film, and sort of what happened to her.” What he left out is how exactly she will be making this appearance since for some unexplainable reason Evangeline Lilly is playing Hope Van Dyne, the daughter of the original Ant-Man and Wasp. There’s a lot of strong speculation that you’ll only see her “eye” though that one doesn’t make much sense at all.
Marvel is taking a lot of heat for it’s lack of female super-heroes, especially for their treatment of fan-favorite character Black Widow, played by Scarlett Johansson. They did not include Black Widow with any of the Avengers toys lines they put out and they have been shuffling their feet on a Black Widow movie since the character’s popularity took off in Marvel’s the Avengers. Not to mention Marvel has a rich line-up of female super heroes that all have nearly the same various stages of popularity as their male heroes. And before someone screams “Iron Man” or “Captain America” let’s face the facts that neither of their characters have been have had the strongest popularity in or out of comics before their respective movies, so that’s a bullshit excuse.
The storyline for Ant-Man has Hank Pym, the original, passing on the costume to Scott Lang who is the 2nd Ant-man in the Marvel comic universe. Of course Marvel has made many changes to their comic characters and stories when they brought them to the big screen. For instance they had Tony Stark be the one to create Ultron when it was originally Hank Pym. Also they don’t let Hulk speak except for a few instances unlike
the comics where the character talks all the time. And having Hawkeye be a Shield agent and family man whereas in the comics he’s and ex circus performer and criminal. So it’s not odd to see them make a change to an character like Ant-Man who is not very well know to the general public. Then again, until summer of 2014, neither was Guardian’s of the Galaxy.
Ant-Man comes out July 17th, 2015 and stars Paul Rudd, Michael Douglas, Evangeline Lilly, Corey Stoll, John Slattery, Bobby Cannavale and Michael Pena