While it was released almost two months ago, Marvel fans and cinephiles haven't stopped discussing Peyton Reed's Ant-Man and The Wasp. The most recent installment in the MCU, Scott Lang's second movie made Hope Pym a bonafide superhero of her own, and also introduced new characters like Michelle Pfeiffer's Janet van Dyne. Janet spent years trapped in the Quantum Realm, with Ant-Man 2 largely focusing on her rescue mission, as well as the connection to mysterious new villain Ghost. Janet was forever changed by the Quantum Realm, and now a new concept art shows a vastly different costume for Pfeiffer's character. Check it out.
Does anyone else have chills? While Janet van Dyne looked super cool in Ant-Man and The Wasp, this alternate costume design might have put her over the top to complete badass territory. Let's break down the differences in the two costumes, as well as their implications for Michelle Pfeiffer's new Marvel character.
This new image comes to us from artist Jackson Sze, who is in the Marvel Studios art department, having worked on a ton of MCU blockbusters starting with The Avengers. This new image of Janet van Dyne highlights her long run in the Quantum Realm, a timeline not really explained throughout Ant-Man 2's runtime. A torn and tattered version of the original Wasp costume, this outfit would have shown the hard time Janet really had while she was away.
Ultimately, Michelle Pfeiffer's character came out of her decades in the Quantum Realm not looking very worse for the wear. She had fashioned a more muted costume, and gained a variety of abilities due to her long exposure in the mysterious setting. Janet is surprisingly put together in Ant-Man and The Wasp, and the above costume would definitely tell a different story for Hope's mother and Hank's wife.
Janet van Dyne definitely made a splash in Ant-Man and The Wasp, and Batman fans were especially excited to see Michelle Pfeiffer back in a comic book movie. The character also looks like she might have some legs for the Ant-Man franchise, seemingly becoming part of the group in the film's mid-credits scene. There's just one thing in Janet's way: Thanos' finger snap of death. We'll have to see if/how those killed by Thanos will be returned in Avengers 4, or if Janet's tenure in the MCU has ended before it began.
Ant-Man and The Wasp is still in theaters now. The next installment in the MCU is Captain Marvel on March 8, 2019. In the meantime, check out our 2018 release list to plan your next trip to the movies.
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