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Wasp (Marvel Comics) Character Review

Wasp (Marvel Comics) Character Review

Wasp (Marvel Comics) Character Review

Wasp (Janet van Dyne) is a fictional Character, a superheroine in the Marvel Comics universe and founding member of the Avengers. Created by Stan Lee and Jack Kirby, the character first appeared in Tales to Astonish (June 1963).

"The Winsome Wasp", as she is sometimes called, is usually depicted as having the ability to shrink to a height of perhaps several centimeters, grow to giant size, fly by means of insectoid wings, and fire yellow energy blasts...More about Wasp (Marvel Comics) Character Review - keep reading !!

In May 2011, the Wasp placed 99th on IGN's Top 100 Comic Book Heroes of All Time. The character was ranked 94th in Comics Buyer's Guide's "100 Sexiest Women in Comics" list. Her early partner and fellow Avengers member, Henry Pym, temporarily took the codename of "The Wasp" while she was presumed dead.

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Fictional Character Biography


Janet Van Dyne was born in Cresskill, New Jersey. She is initially a shallow, self-centered, flighty heiress and debutante, daughter of wealthy scientist Vernon Van Dyne. During an experiment, however, an alien monster is unleashed from an alternate dimension and Dr. Van Dyne is killed. Her father's associate, Dr. Henry "Hank" Pym, has created a substance called "Pym particles", which allows the user to grow or shrink in size, and has become the superhero Ant-Man. When Janet's father dies, she convinces Pym to help her. He gives her a supply of "Pym particles" and subjects her to a biochemical procedure which grants her the ability to grow wings upon shrinking. Initially, she uses a pin to poke people as means of a weapon, and she later uses a miniature air gun, the original wasp's sting.

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Eventually, she gains the ability to harness her body's bio-electrical current and fire blasts of energy which she calls her "wasp's stings". Ant-Man and the Wasp defeat the monster and send it to its own dimension. Janet becomes Pym's partner and falls in love with him before their first adventure, but Pym rejects her at first, afraid of what would happen if he were to lose her as he has lost his first wife, who has been killed. Janet openly muses about her apparently unrequited feelings, often in front of him. Pym rejects his feelings for her, but he later accepts them and tries to act on them. Later, they begin dating.

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Powers and Abilities (Wasp)


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.

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At miniature size, her strength level increases as her body's mass is compacted. At giant size, her strength and endurance increase geometrically with her height, reaching superhuman levels. Despite the advantages of giant size, Janet usually prefers to remain the diminutive Wasp, calling on her growth power only in times of extreme emergency.

At miniature size, the Wasp grows a pair of translucent insect wings from her back, a result of genetic modifications provided by Hank Pym. These grant her the power of flight, at speeds up to 40 mph (64 km/h).

The Wasp is able to harness and augment her body's natural bio-electric energy, releasing it from her hands in powerful electrical force bursts, which she calls her "stinger blasts", "stingers", or "wasp's stings". Originally, she requires special wrist devices to produce these, but again, Pym particle absorption allows her to create the ability unaided.

The Wasp's genetic modifications also grant her the ability to sprout small prehensile antennae from her temples which allowed her to telepathically communicate with and control insects. However, this is an ability she rarely uses.

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 Van Dyne displays several non-superhuman abilities that garner her special fame and attention, foremost of which is her fashion sense; in nearly all of her early appearances, she sports a new costume, presumably designed and manufactured on her own as she is a gifted fashion designer. She is also a skilled amateur screenwriter. The Wasp is trained in unarmed combat by Captain America and in combat utilizing her special powers by Henry Pym. In addition, the Wasp is one of the most intuitive, if not deductive, members of the Avengers, and is an experienced leader and strategist. She effectively determines that a chemical accident has created a schizophrenic break in Henry Pym and that the relationship between the Scarlet Witch and the Vision is the result of the infused personality of Wonder Man, and guesses the identity of Iron Man when Tony Stark fakes his own death.

In Other Media (Film/Movie)

  • In the animated direct-to-video movies Ultimate Avengers and Ultimate Avengers 2, the Wasp is voiced by Grey DeLisle. This version is adapted primarily from the Ultimate Universe continuity.
  • Janet and Hank's son, Henry Pym, Jr., appears in the film Next Avengers: Heroes of Tomorrow.

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