WARNING: This article contains spoilers for Ant-Man and the Wasp #1 by Mark Waid and Javi Garron.
The Marvel Cinematic Universe’s next big film is, of course, Ant-Man and the Wasp, which arrives in just few short weeks. The movie sets itself apart from other MCU fare for many reasons; it’s Marvel’s first official team-up film (as indicated by its title), and it’s also the studio’s first movie with a female superhero in the title role. The Wasp is a fan-favorite character who’s live-action debut has been a long time coming — so long, in fact, some people might not even remember that she was one of the founding members of Marvel Comics‘ Avengers alongside Ant-Man, Iron Man, Thor and the Hulk.
In order to tie into this important theatrical release, Marvel has launched a new Ant-Man and the Wasp comic miniseries by the creative team of Mark Waid and Javi Garron. While the series stars legacy versions of the insect-sized heroes in the form of Scott Lang and Nadia Van Dyne, the original duo of Hank Pym and Janet van Dyne cast their inspiring shadows over the new pair’s adventure, but as the first issue of the series re-tells the story of the original Ant-Man and the Wasp duo, longtime fans might realize that Marvel is has chosen to ignore, or perhaps even retcon, a rather controversial aspect of their relationship.
The very first page of Waid and Garron’s Ant-Man and the Wasp #1 brings readers up to speed on the epic love story of Hank Pym and Janet van Dyne, a legendary crime-fighting duo and passionate lovers. The caption offers a quick recap about how the two started working together as a team, how “they shared a love so bright it shamed the stars” and… that’s it. To readers who are picking up their first Ant-Man and the Wasp comic in order to get hyped for the MCU movie, the story of Hank and Janet is presented an epic tale of mythological proportions.
However, there is one big asterix next to the love story of the original Wasp and Ant-Man. Yes, the two were a longtime married couple, fighting crime together as husband and wife, and yes, they loved each other. But their relationship reached a mighty — and quite controversial — crucible when Hank (during his Yellowjacket) days, infamously slapped Janet in 1981. At that moment, Hank’s character was cast in a much darker light considering that he had hit his wife, an irredeemable act to many of his and Jan’s fans.
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