Woohoo lookee what I found yesterday! I wasn't paying attention to release dates for the Ant-Man wave (or any of the upcoming ML waves for that matter), so when I went into Toys R Us yesterday afternoon and saw this I thought I was hallucinating. Buried there amongst the overstocked Avengers and Spider-Man figures was this lone Wasp. There wasn't another Ant-Man figure in sight. I snatched her up and immediately started looking over my shoulder in paranoia as if her appearance was some mistake. But alas, she was real. Janet van Dyne first appeared as the Wasp in Tales to Astonish #44 in the Summer of 1963 as a partner to Ant-Man. Within a few months she would earn her permanent place in the Marvel universe by becoming one of the founding members of the Avengers in Avengers #1 1963. I was a little upset that she wasn't included in the two previous Avengers movies, but then again I never thought there would ever be a solo Ant-Man film. It makes sense that they saved her for this movie.
Actually I just learned something interesting. Evangeline Lilly's role in Ant-Man is of Hope Van Dyne, the daughter of Hank Pym (Michael Douglas) and Janet Van Dyne. I don't know if she'll take on the role of the Wasp or not. I know Cassandra Lang (aka Stature, aka Stinger) is also in the film, albeit as a young girl. In the MC2 Universe (a female-centric spin-off universe that spawned the May Parker Spider-Girl and American Dream, etc), Hope played the villainous Red Queen who had a major beef with Stinger and formed the Revengers to thwart the new Avengers. I'm suddenly really interested in seeing the Ant-Man movie!
Janet comes packaged without her wings attached. Usually in the comics when she is human-sized, her wings are not present -- only appearing when she shrinks down. But that's no fun, so here are a few obligatory wingless shots.
Let's get them out of the way first.
Okay now with the wings.
The small hindwings attach to the main forewings with a solid (non-articulated) peg. (So the big wings can be worn alone without the small ones). The small wings can be moved in a fanning motion independently from the forewings, but the flapping articulation is a joint effort controlled by the main peg that connects to her back.
This shows what her wings might look like if you opt not to attach the hindwings and just keep her forewings on display. They are actually both attached in this photo, just hiding behind each other.
This figure was really fun to pose. Wings make everything look great.
Here are a few images from the comics.
Time for some Group and Comparison Pics!
Here she is with her Marvel Universe Version from last year.