WARNING: The following article contains spoilers for Ant-Man and the Wasp #3 by Mark Waid, Javier Garrón, Israel Silva and VC's Joe Caramagna, in stores now.
In Mark Waid and Javier Garrón's Ant-Man and the Wasp, Scott Lang and Nadia van Dyne recently embarked on a new microscopic adventure together which found the two insect-sized superheroes trapped in the Microverse, aka the Quantum Realm. Ever the heroes, the duo didn't hesitate to put themselves in harm's way when a Microversian space vampire attacked the peaceful entities of the miniature realm. But while they defeated the evil creature, the confrontation had an unforeseen consequence: Nadia was blinded, her eyes turning opaque red.
Now taken prisoner by the microscopic species known as the Saarg, Scott and Nadia are separated, caged and trapped in the Microverse. It all seems hopeless for Marvel's miniature duo, but in Ant-Man and the Wasp #3, the Wasp gets a massive power upgrade that transforms her into one of the most powerful characters in the Marvel Universe.
Nadia's theory is that she and Scott have been shrinking so long that she is starting to feel the after-effects. She believes they both may be turning into living quantum particles, and to solidify her theory, Nadia splinters into dozens of different versions of herself, of all shapes and sizes.
That's when she explains that a particle from the Quantum Realm does not exist in any one state, but rather all possible states at the same time. As a living quantum particle, Nadia therefore exists in an infinite number of versions of herself, each one present all at once. But that's not all -- though she may be blind to what's presently happening around her, she can actually see all possible outcomes of any given situation -- every action she could take, and everything it could lead to. She sees an infinite number of chains of events, whichhow she is able to pinpoint the one way she and Scott can escape the Microverse.
Those of you who saw Avengers: Infinity War are probably already comparing Wasp's new ability to one exhibited by the Marvel Cinematic Universe's Doctor Strange. In the ensemble film, the Master of the Mystic Arts was able to use the Time Stone to glimpse 14 million different futures to find a way to defeat Thanos, and while we don't yet know what that way is, exactly, it';s obvious Strange's actions will prove crucial in defeating the Mad Titan.
Now, it appears Nadia can do the same thing, without any magic or Infinity Stones, marking a massive power upgrade for the Wasp, one which brings her almost to cosmic levels. This new ability seems to stem from her Microverse-related blindness, as well as her extended shrinking state, so it's unclear it will remain in the Wasp's arsenal once she finds a way out of the Microverse. But for now, at least, Nadia's ranking near the top of the power game in the Marvel Universe.