Ant-Man And The Wasp Drops First Look At Michelle Pfeiffer’s Janet Van Dyne

Just like how Scott Lang inherited the Ant-Man moniker from Hank Pym in the Marvel Cinematic Universe, Hope van Dyne has inherited the Wasp from someone else: her mother. In 2015's Ant-Man, we learned that that Janet was lost to the Quantum Realm, but when Ant-Man and the Wasp rolls around this summer, we'll officially meet Janet, who's being played by Michelle Pfeiffer. Nine months after Pfeiffer's casting was announced, we finally have our first look at her as Janet from a new Ant-Man and the Wasp poster.

Ant-Man and the Wasp poster

Avengers: Infinity War may be all the rage right now, but 2018 still has one more MCU entry on the way, and Marvel Studios doesn't want you to forget that. While the first Ant-Man and the Wasp poster followed in its predecessor's footsteps by showing the protagonists insect-sized, the new poster goes for the traditional lineup model, and you can see Michelle Pfeiffer's Janet van Dyne underneath Hope, both masked and unmasked. It appears that Janet is wearing her own costume, which makes sense given her heroic past. Along with Janet, the poster also features new players like Laurence Fishburne's Bill Foster, Walton Goggins' Sonny Burch and Hannah John-Kamen's Ghost, who is finally shown without her helmet.

After lying to Hope for years by telling her that her mother died in a plane crash, Hank Pym finally revealed the truth to his daughter in Ant-Man. In 1987, Hank and Janet were sent by S.H.I.E.L.D. to disarm a Soviet missile while it was in flight. To accomplish that, Janet had to shrink smaller than she'd ever gone before, and while she successfully stopped the missile from hitting its target, she's also been stuck in the Quantum Realm ever since. For decades, Hank believed Janet was gone for good, but when Scott successfully returned from the Quantum Realm after his battle with Yellowjacket, Hank began to wonder if his wife might still be alive. Given Janet's presence in Ant-Man and the Wasp and Evangeline Lilly previously saying that the Quantum Realm will factor heavily into the sequel, this suggests that we'll be taking a trip to this other reality to free Janet from her imprisonment.

Set after Captain America: Civil War and before Avengers: Infinity War, Ant-Man and the Wasp will see Scott Lang under house arrest due to siding with Steve Rogers during Civil War. He's trying his best to balance his home life with his Ant-Man responsibilities, but that becomes more complicated when Hank Pym and Hope van Dyne show up to recruit him for another mission, one which will see Scott fighting in the field with Hope by his side as Wasp.

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