Waid Discusses All-New Wasp's Connection to Hank Pym, Janet van Dyne's Legacy & More

On Free Comic Book Day, there's an All-New Wasp headed to town. The character will debut in Mark Waid and Alan Davis' "All-New, All-Different Avengers" story, but little is known about who she is and where she came from. Though he wouldn't reveal her identity, Waid offered a few more details about her during an interview with io9.

"[It was] a little terrifying," he said of writing the character. "I've always been a fan of the Wasp, the thing we had to be most careful about was making readers understand that this isn't a dismissal of Janet Van Dyne or her legacy, and I think we've accomplished that in the way we've set up our story."

"We're not in any way trying to replace Janet," he added.

"[The new Wasp] has a strong connection to Hank Pym. We will see that in the Free Comic Book Day story [that introduces her], and we will understand a large part of what that connection is, and how she has come to grips with this new Wasp identity," he explained. "She's a girl about 16, 17 years old, and we will see how she comes to grips [with her situation] at the same time that Hank himself left the Earth, as of the 'Rage of Ultron' graphic novel last year, where he merged with Ultron and went off into space. So this girl shows up at Hank Pym's front door, looking to figure out what her connection to Hank is, and Hank is not there. Hank's absence is a large part of what births this new Wasp as part of her origin."

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"She's very, very smart," he shared. "We have a lot of supergeniuses in the Marvel universe, but very few of them are women. I really wanted to give the main Marvel universe a young woman who is tomorrow's Tony Stark or Reed Richards -- she has more of a biochemical bent. Tony's an engineer, Reed is very technological, but [the Wasp] is a biochemist wizard."

As to her standing with the Avengers, he said, "I will say that the Avengers, especially The Vision, will have a great deal of apprehension about [this new Wasp]. Her presence will not necessarily be a cause of celebration. In fact, one member of the team specifically takes enormous umbrage at the fact that this young woman has usurped the Wasp name and identity. That specific person's identity will surprise you, but also inform what we think of this new Wasp."

"Ideally, we'd like to do more with her starting in issue 13, because we don't want to answer the question yet about whether or not she's friend or foe," he concluded.

All-New Wasp will bow in "FCBD All-New, All-Different Avengers" on May 7.

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