The Wasp is the name of two Marvel Comics superheroes: Janet van Dyne and her ex-husband, Hank Pym.Janet van DyneThe Wasp is a Marvel Comics superhero created by Stan Lee and Jack Kirby. Making her debut in Tales to Astonish #44 (June, 1963), Janet van Dyne has been featured in more than four decades of Marvel comics history. One of the founding members of The Avengers, the Wasp famously gave the team its name after the the heroes take down the villain Loki. Aside from a few solo adventures in Tales to Astonish, Janet is the only original Avenger never to receive her own series. She made a Heroic Sacrifice during Secret Invasion, but to the surprise of nobody, returned from "the dead" after the events of Avengers vs. X-Men. She now appears as part of the Uncanny Avengers in the Marvel NOW relaunch.Hank PymHank Pym took up the mantle of the Wasp after her disappearance in Secret Invasion, a move that would be explored in the limited series: Ant-Man & Wasp. As the Wasp, Pym would open the Janet van Dyne Centers for Women: six centers designed to provide support for victims of domestic abuse. He has since returned to using the Giant-Man identity.Comics
Took a Level in Badass: Janet received a power-up in the early 1980s in a Marvel Team-Up plotline, due to Hank Pym refining her particular formula of Pym Particles, receiving more powerful "stings" and higher strength when she was shrunken down, and again in the early 2000s when she gained the ability to grow to giant size as well as shrink. She also spent much of the 1980s as the chairwoman of the Avengers, where she scored several impressive wins one right after the other.
Baleful Polymorph: For a very brief period in the late 1990s, Jan was stuck in a mutated insect-woman form.
Brain Uploading: The Killer Robot Ultron tried to upload Janet's mind into Jocasta, his newly-built female companion. Though the Avengers intervene before the procedure is complete, Jocasta retains enough of Janet's brain engrams to turn against her creator.
Hand Blast: The Wasp can fire bio-electric energy blasts from her hands. At first Janet required special wristbands, but years of exposure to the Pym Particles allowed her to generate the blasts naturally.
Hello, Nurse!: The original pin-up girl of the Marvel Universe. One of her earliest appearances has her drooled over by the residents of a veterans' hospital.
Ms. Fanservice: Remember those moments where Wasp was forced to fight in her bikini or underwear. or when she uses an costume was shows so much skin or those moments where she ended up naked when she shrunk due to wearing an normal outfit?.
In Earth's Mightiest Heroes episode in The Casket of Ancient Winters we see her in bikini, and in the episode Gamma World her uniform is shredded.
She's Got Legs: When giant. Normal sized Janet is actually a pretty small girl.
Sidekick Graduations Stick: Janet was generally treated as Ant-Man's young, flighty sidekick/partner at the beginning of her career. As a member of the Avengers, the Wasp gained considerable experience working alongside Iron Man and Captain America, eventually becoming Chairman and, later, leader of the Avengers.
Size Shifter: Janet initially required doses of Pym Particles in order to change size, requiring her to carry special pills or gas canisters. Later, Janet's body would start to generate Pym Particles on its own, allowing her to change size at will.
Stalker with a Crush: David "Whirlwind" Cannon developed a romantic obsession with her way back in Marvel Feature #6, and recent events in Avengers Academy showed that her death didn't lessen it one iota.
Super Strength: Only available in giant form. A portion of the strength goes to supporting the Wasp's body, leading to diminishing returns if she grows too large. After a power upgrade in the Seventies, she has the same strength in tiny size that she does at regular height, leading some to mistakenly assume it's super.
The Tease: She always flirts with every member of the team, especially the male ones. In general though, she's more like their little sister most of the time.
What Could Have Been: Janet was featured as a major character in one of the earlier drafts of Joss Whedon's screenplay for The Avengers. She ended up being cut from the film due to there already being too many characters to juggle.
Willfully Weak: Janet is fully aware of the power and durability that come with growing to giant size, but she prefers to fight at insect size. She'll only break out the big guns when the shit really hits the fan.
Winged Humanoid: Hank Pym implanted two tiny wings on Janet's back, giving her the power to fly when she shrinks to insect size.
Working with the Ex: Happened quite often given the "on again, off again " nature of her relationship with Hank Pym.