The Wasp ( Janet Van Dyne ) is a fictional superhero who appears in American comics published by Marvel Comics . Created by Stan Lee , Ernie Hart, and Jack Kirby , the character first appeared in Tales to Astonish # 44 (June 1963) usually depicted with the ability to contract to a height of several inches, fly through of insectoid wings and shoot blasts of bioelectric energy. She is a founding member of The Avengers and also a longtime team leader.

Janet van Dyne was born in Cresskill , New Jersey , the daughter of wealthy scientist Vernon van Dyne’s socialite. When her father is killed by an alien entity unleashed during one of her experiments, Janet turns to her associate, Dr. Henry “Hank” Pym for help and convinces him to help her. To avenge his father’s death, he undergoes a biochemical procedure that grants him the ability to develop wings by contracting under four feet in height and uses a supply of Pym change its size. Together, she and Ant Man defeat the alien and avenge his father. Janet decides to stay as Wasp and be Hank’s partner, as she has fallen in love with him, although Hank initially rejects her feelings due to the similarities between her and his first wife who had been murdered.

During her time as Hank’s sidekick, she participated in numerous conflicts with villains that included the Porcupine, Egghead, and Whirlwind (then known as the Human Top). Although initially without any offensive power, Janet proves resourceful, using her ability to communicate with insects to fight, as well as using a pin to push people around like a weapon. Later, she uses a miniature air pistol, the stinger of the original wasp.

After the initial confrontation with Loki that brought together the founders of The Avengers , it is Janet and Hank who propose to form a team of superheroes. Janet suggests the team name and becomes a founding member. Without lacking in confidence or bravery and by nature an outgoing personality, Janet is always in the midst of battles with villains, which include Norse gods and aliens, despite being the least powerful member of the team. Janet frequently comments on the attractiveness of her male colleagues, especially Thor, to provoke Hank’s jealousy and make him commit to a relationship. Early in her career in The Avengers, she is seriously wounded by a stray bullet in the battle against Count Nefaria , and nearly died of a collapsed lung. She leaves the team several problems later. When she returns in Avengers vol. 1 # 26, his shrinking powers have progressed to the point where he no longer needs Pym particle capsules to change his size.

Although Janet repeatedly hopes that her long-term boyfriend Hank will propose, their relationship does not progress to a more dramatic point. The new vigilante Yellowjacket breaks into the Avengers Mansion , demands to be admitted as a member of the team, claims to have killed Hank Pym, and then kidnaps Janet. Not believing that Yellowjacket was Hank’s killer, he tries to find where Yellowjacket is holding Hank, but instead determines that Yellowjacket is her boyfriend. Before revealing this, and during the period in which Yellowjacket still believes she killed Hank, Janet marries Hank, although the wedding is interrupted by an attack by the Circus of Crime. During the fight, Yellowjacket is revealed to be Pym.



Created by Stan Lee, Ernie Hart, and Jack Kirby, the character first appeared in Tales to Astonish #44 (June 1963). 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.


Making use of the cellular implantation of sub-atomic Pym particles, the Wasp possesses the power to alter her physical size, causing her body’s mass to be shunted to or gained from an alternate dimension known as Kosmos. She is able to shrink to a minimum of several centimeters or grow to a maximum of several hundred feet. Smaller or larger sizes are possible but the exertion puts a strain on her body. Initially, these abilities stem from use of a Pym particle gas released from special capsules, and later biochemical augmentation by Henry Pym. Over time, however, her body absorbs enough particles to cause cellular mutation due to repeated exposure to Pym particles, allowing her to alter her size at will.


Janet van Dyne was born in Cresskill, New Jersey, the socialite daughter of wealthy scientist Vernon van Dyne. When her father is killed by an alien entity unleashed during one of his experiments, Janet turns to his associate Dr. Hank Pym for aid and convinces him to help her. In order to avenge her father’s death, she undergoes a biochemical procedure that grants her the ability to grow wings upon shrinking under four feet tall and uses a supply of “Pym particles” by which to change her size. Together, she and Ant-Man defeat the alien and avenge her father.


Most of Janet’s enemies include all the rogues of the Avengers.


Her usual partner is her husband, Hank Pym. She has founded or a part of the Avengers, Uncanny Avengers, Agents of Wakanda, Lady Liberators, Avengers West Coast, Mighty Avengers and the Defenders.

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