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    Hank Pym / Ant-Man 

Dr. Henry "Hank" Pym / Ant-Man
"This is your chance. To earn that look in your daughter's eyes. To become the hero that she already thinks you are. It's not about saving our world; it's about saving theirs. Scott, I need you to be the Ant-Man."

Species: Human

Portrayed By: Michael Douglas, Dax Griffin (younger body double, 1980s), John Michael Morris (younger body double, 1970)

Voiced By: José Luis Orozco (Latin-American Spanish dub), Salvador Vidal (European Spanish dub), Koki Mitomo (Japanese dub), Marcelo Pissardini (Brazilian Portuguese dub)

Appearances: Ant-Man | Ant-Man and the Wasp | Avengers: Endgame | What If...? | Ant-Man and the Wasp: Quantumania

The original Ant-Man, who has chosen Scott Lang as his successor. A brilliant scientist who discovered a way to condense the distance between particles but was flushed out of his company due to his unwillingness to allow his research to be misused. He has since gone undercover to try and disrupt the company from recreating his research to stop the catastrophic consequences that would result. Years before he had worn the Ant-Man suit himself as an agent of S.H.I.E.L.D..
  • '70s Hair: When Captain America phones Hank in the 1970s to get him away from his lab, he's shown with incredibly long hair fitting the decade.
  • Action Dad: Continued being a superhero after he and Janet had Hope. And although Hank is long past his prime in the present day, he's still willing to traverse into the unknown and dangerous Quantum Realm to get his wife back.
  • Adaptational Heroism: While the comic book Hank Pym is solidly a hero, in his past he has had several nervous breakdowns, and the most notorious of those included him hitting Janet in the face and secretly creating a killer robot to attack the Avengers (the idea was that he would then "defeat" the robot to prove his heroism). There's no indication that the MCU version has done anything of the sort.
  • Adaptational Late Appearance: Played with. He was a founding Avenger in the comics, while in the MCU he doesn't appear until well after their formation. But then it's revealed he's an Old Superhero who was active years before the Avengers were formed.
  • Adaptational Nice Guy: Zigzagged. Again, without the infamous incident where he hit his wife, the various psychotic episodes, and creating Ultron, this version of Hank Pym is more moral and mentally stable. On the other hand, when not having a psychotic episode, comic Hank is actually a rather pleasant person who is greatly haunted by his actions as Yellowjacket, while from what we've seen of his past, movie Hank has always been a gruff Jerkass while possessing complete mental clarity. His love of Janet and Hope made him a better person, and his hidden heart of gold is that much more deeply buried without them.
  • Adaptation Relationship Overhaul: In the comics, Hank is a scientific peer and close friend of Tony Stark. Here, the two have never met, and Hank holds a grudge against the Stark family for how Tony's father attempted to use his discoveries.
  • Adapted Out: In the comics, Hank was the one who created Ultron. This is very important to the Marvel Comics lore, but doesn't happen in the cinematic universe, with that role instead going to Tony Stark. Same goes for him being a founding Avenger along with Janet.
  • Age Lift: He is a contemporary of Tony Stark and Bruce Banner in the comics. In the film, he is depicted as a retired superhero from the 1960s-1980s, making him as old as he would have been had the comic character aged in real time.
  • Alliterative Family: With his daughter Hope.
  • Badass Bookworm: He's a scientist (who's better than Howard Stark in some respects), not a soldier. He still kicked major ass during the Cold War.
  • Bad Boss:
    • Downplayed, but he is not pleasant to work with, using threats and manipulation to coerce Scott into working for him in Ant-Man.
    • He's later revealed to have driven most of his colleagues away with his hostility and aggression, as explained by Bill Foster.
    • In Avengers: Endgame, a young Hank from the 1970 is quite dismissive of "Steve from Shipping" when he explains that he can't bring up the package he's expecting.
  • Battle Couple: With his wife, Janet van Dyne, the original Wasp.
  • Berserk Button: It's apparent that making references to both Howard and Tony Stark are these for him. And anything related to S.H.I.E.L.D., really.
  • Big Good: An extremely principled scientist, prominent S.H.I.E.L.D. member, Cold War superhero, and mentor to Scott.
  • The Chessmaster: A masterful heroic example — by bribing his housekeeper into spreading the word that he has a mysterious safe in the basement of his house, he attracts Luis's attention, who then relates the story to a hard-on-his-luck Scott, who finally decides to burgle the place and steals the suit after finding nothing else of value. This is exactly what Hank wanted, to find a burglar with the skill and ingenuity to break into the safe, so he could recruit them to break into Pym Tech.
  • Come with Me If You Want to Live: Goaded Scott into joining him by giving him the Ant-Man suit the second time to escape prison.
  • Commander Contrarian: In Ant-Man and the Wasp, he yells at Scott for destroying the Ant-Man suit, and then he yells at him for not destroying the Ant-Man suit.
  • Composite Character: His action of lending the mantle "Ant-Man" to Scott is from his Earth-616 counterpart, but his age, the fact that he has a daughter named Hope who betrayed him and his dead wife is Janet instead of Maria is astonishingly similar to his Marvel Comics 2 counterpart.
  • Cool Old Guy: He is the one who encourages Scott to get a second chance to reform himself.
  • Crazy-Prepared:
    • Shrinking technology allows him to take this Up to Eleven. Borders on Mundane Utility; think something big might come in handy someday? Shrink it and take it with you!
    • Some people carry pepper spray on their keychains. His has an actual shrunken Russian T-34 tank that can be reverted to full size.
    • Some people have spare cars. He has several dozen he shrinks and hauls around in a vintage Hot Wheels Super Rally case just like the tank.
    • Some people have go-bags. His is a ten-story office building he shrinks and hauls around as luggage.
  • Decomposite Character: Many of the characteristics of Hank Pym from the comics (such as being the Ant-Man that founded and was associated with the Avengers, the creator of Ultron, Yellowjacket, etc.) are given to other characters in the MCU.
  • Demoted to Extra: While he is still a central character in the Ant-Man films, he retired from being a superhero long ago and was never involved with the Avengers. In the comics, he was a founding member and has been a central part of the team on and off ever since. Here, his only appearances in an Avengers film are two very small cameo appearances in Endgame, and many events that involved him in the comics such as Ultron or Civil War happen without him here. In a meta sense, the MCU's influence has led to the character of Hank Pym in general to be treated with less and less importance across all Marvel media in favor of establishing Scott as the Ant-Man.
  • Dented Iron: All his years of adventuring have caught up to him in his advanced age and wearing the suit himself is no longer an option. He regularly has to take pills to combat the side-effects.
  • Determinator: Upon learning that Janet could still be alive, he spends the years between the events of the original Ant-Man and Ant-Man and the Wasp doing whatever it takes to find her and bring her back. He's successful.
  • Deuteragonist: To Scott's Protagonist. His rocky relationship with Hope contrasts to Scott's relationship with his daughter and the villain's focus is mostly on Pym until the climax.
  • Doesn't Trust Those Guys: It seems his anger at Howard Stark has translated into a dislike and distrust for the entire Stark family, given his certainty that Tony is exactly the same as his father. Scott remarks in Civil War that Hank told him the Starks were never to be trusted.
  • Dropped a Bridge on Him: In the first post-credits scene of Ant-Man and the Wasp, Thanos's use of the Infinity Gauntlet killed him while Scott is in the Quantum Realm.
  • Due to the Dead: After Iron Man sacrificed himself to defeat Thanos, Hank seems to have let go of his grudge towards the Stark family and attended Tony's funeral with the rest of his family.
  • Establishing Character Moment: The prologue of Ant-Man has him calling out S.H.I.E.L.D. (mainly Howard Stark) about trying to weaponize his Pym Particle, declaring himself as a scientist over a soldier/superhero, and punching out Mitchell Carson for making a crack about Janet.
  • First-Name Basis: To his chagrin, Hope refuses to call him "Dad" and addresses him as "Hank" for most of Ant-Man, even as they mend their relationship until he's shot in the shoulder and the habit ends for her.
  • Foil: To Scott. Hank is a respected scientist, experienced superhero, and a widower with a poor relationship with his daughter. Scott by contrast is a rookie hero and constantly suffers with his criminal record, but is divorced and has an excellent bond with Cassie.
  • Good Is Not Nice: He's a bitter and grumpy old man who drove away most of his friends due to his obnoxiousness, but he is firmly on the side of good.
  • Grumpy Old Man: Grouchily snaps "YES. I'm still ALIVE," at a security guard. It's quite clear he doesn't particularly like Scott as a person in the beginning of the first movie, and a tide of snide comments lets him know it. He warms up later — mostly for Hope's sake, remaining prickly on the surface. His meetings with his old S.H.I.E.L.D. colleagues show that he was a grumpy middle-aged man, too.
  • Happily Married: In contrast to their more complicated relationship in the comics, in the MCU Hank and Janet love each other deeply.
  • Hero of Another Story: A superhero during The '60s up until The '80s.
  • Iconic Sequel Character: Does not appear in the Marvel Cinematic Universe until the seventh year.
  • I Let Gwen Stacy Die: Tried to save Washington, D.C. with a Heroic Sacrifice, but his regulator was on the fritz, leaving the Wasp/Janet to finish the job.
  • In Name Only: Aside from retaining his name, science background (as well as his mastery of Pym Particles), position as the first Ant-Man, and former wife, Hank has almost nothing in common with the Hank Pym of the comics. The MCU version of Hank Pym is a Decomposite Character who has most of the crucial characteristics of the comic book character (such as being the Ant-Man that founded and was associated with the Avengers, the creator of Ultron, Yellowjacket, etc.) given to other characters.
  • Insufferable Genius:
    • He is a brilliant scientist and master planner, but he is temperamental, acerbic, and absolutely certain that he's in the right both scientifically and morally, often refusing to hear out arguments or explain his reasons to anyone else. By the first Ant-Man, he has alienated everyone he's ever met, including his daughter Hope and longtime protege Darren Cross, and has to recruit a complete stranger to help him. In Ant-Man and the Wasp, his former colleague Bill Foster says the one person Hank ever listened to was Janet, and she "paid the price." At least part of the reason Bill later dismisses Hank's (valid but presumptive) concerns about the risky, experimental plan to drain Janet of quantum energy to save Ava's life is just to prove Hank wrong for once.
    • The true price of Hank's arrogance and entitled brilliance is revealed in Avengers Endgame. Where in Ant-Man and the Wasp, Hank builds a Quantum Tunnel to enter the Quantum Realm to bring his wife back and can do so in a specific, pre-determined point, in Endgame, Tony Stark spent one or two nights mulling over Scott Lang's "time travel pitch" which involved explaining, offscreen, Hank's work in quantum tunneling, and Tony build a spacetime GPS that allows him and the other Avengers to drop in and drop out of the Quantum Realm in any designated period of their choosing and return to the present when they want. In other words, had Hank not been so arrogant and gone to Tony Stark a while back, it's possible that Janet could have returned to him far before she did. In this case, however, it's as much (if not more) paranoia as arrogance; Tony Stark's father once tried to crack the secret of Pym Particles behind Hank's back, leaving Pym with a lingering distrust of the Stark family given their connections to the government.
  • Intelligence Equals Isolation: One of the most brilliant scientists in the world, but his temperament pushes everyone away, to the point where his protege and daughter push him out of his own company, and having burnt his bridges with the intelligence community, the only person he "trusts" to prevent his life's work from being used as a weapon is an expendable Boxed Crook.
  • Irrational Hatred:
    • Of Tony Stark. Hank hates Howard Stark for a reason — he resigned from S.H.I.E.L.D. after finding out that Howard was working with them to replicate and weaponize the Pym Particle. However, he resents Tony on the grounds that he is Like Father, Like Son despite never meeting him. Tony never plagiarized someone else's work (except for Quentin Beck's B.A.R.F technology though that was technically company property and thus his to do with as he wished and he never actually claimed that he made it, just that he had paid for it) and withholds his technology from the government. Yet Hank sharing the negative public opinion about the Avengers after Age of Ultron is not irrational — the events of that movie were Tony's fault:
    Scott Lang: I think our first move should be calling the Avengers.
    Hank Pym: I've spent half my life trying to keep this technology out of the hands of a Stark. I’m sure as hell not gonna hand-deliver it to one now. This is not some cute technology like the Iron Man suit. This could change the texture of reality. Besides they’re probably too busy dropping cities out of the sky.
    • Seems to have finally moved on from his hatred come Endgame, where he's seen alongside Janet, Hope, and Scott at Tony Stark's funeral. The fate of the entire universe was at stake so cooperation was vital.
  • Jerkass Has a Point: As much of an abrasive Insufferable Genius as he can be Hank also tends to bring up legitimate criticisms.
    • His grudge against the Stark family is actually pretty valid. Howard and S.H.I.E.L.D. went behind his back to figure out the Pym Particle formula with the stated intention of weaponizing it after he refused to do so.
      • This also extends to Tony as while Hank is dismissive and assumes Tony is just like Howard based on his own biases, Tony's actions prior to Ant-Man (creating Ultron and thus being partly responsible for the damage to Sokovia) and after (all the messes that Tony caused in Captain America: Civil War) give Hank very good reason not to want anything to do with him.
    • A deleted scene in Ant-Man and the Wasp shows that he was right about Elias Starr being a traitor.
    • He is the expert on the Quantum Realm and its energies, so if he says something's a bad idea you should listen. Especially given how unpredictable quantum energy can be.
      • Hank makes the very valid point that Bill's plan to drain Janet of quantum energy has a good chance of killing her. Bill brushes it off as Hank not knowing for certain that will happen but it's pretty clear that a big part of his motives is proving Hank wrong for once and he's still gambling with an innocent life.
    • Any time Hank loses it for someone mocking him over losing his wife. Violent as he may act in response he's still a grieving widower and the people antagonizing him are still insulting him by basically saying he got his beloved wife killed.
  • Jerk with a Heart of Gold: Hank Pym has extremely strong morals and principles, even shutting down his research to prevent people from abusing his Sizeshifter technology. He's also a huge Jerkass; he's abrasive, pushy, arrogant, self-righteous, openly contemptuous of others, manipulative, controlling and a general pain to work with. He openly regards Scott as expendable and considers him more a necessary nuisance than an actual partner. In the original film, his more negative traits are shown to be a result of his grief over Janet's disappearance into the Quantum Realm and his subsequent legal battles to protect his technology. In Ant-Man and the Wasp, however, Pym's ex-partner Bill Foster claims he was always a jerk; Janet, miraculously, was the only partner he had who could put up with him and bring him down to earth.
  • Last Episode, New Character: Debuted in the final Phase Two film of the Marvel Cinematic Universe.
  • Mentor Archetype: Mentors Scott when he takes on the role of Ant-Man. And does not die, although comes very close. Then Thanos happened... And then the Time Heist happened.
  • Military Superhero: Not out in the open like Captain America, but rather as a top-secret S.H.I.E.L.D. operative in the Cold War against the Soviets along with Janet.
  • Minion Master: He may not use the Ant-Man suit anymore, but he still makes good use of his ant controlling device. Come Ant-Man and the Wasp he's shown using enlarged ants as both guard dogs and free manual labor.
  • Mistaken for Misogynist: Although it is never explicitly stated, it is heavily implied that Hope believes her father refuses to let her take on the Ant-Man mantle because she's a woman and she is endlessly frustrated that he recruited Scott who needs to be trained when she already knows everything about the mission and how the suit works. However, after seeing the two argue about it yet again, Scott, a father himself, explains that Hank won't let Hope wear the suit because he's desperately afraid of her dying. This is confirmed when Hank finally reveals the truth to Hope about how her mother Janet died, working as The Wasp on a mission with Hank. At the end of the movie, Hank presents Hope with a Wasp suit to show that he trusts her to be able to take care of herself.
  • Mocking the Mourner: Hank confronts some of the S.H.I.E.L.D. higher-ups over trying to replicate his shrinking formula. One of them, Mitchell Carson, mocks him over losing his wife Janet back then when they were still active in the field. Hank responds by slamming his head into the table. Even Howard Stark tells Mitchell he had that coming.
  • Moment Killer: He opens the door and interrupts Scott and Hope's first kiss, to his own shock.
  • My Greatest Failure: Janet's apparent death hit him especially hard because of the feeling that he should have been the one making the sacrifice when the chips were down — his suit was malfunctioning, so his wife sacrificed herself in front of him to save the day. The incident left him emotionally traumatised, distancing himself from his daughter (who at seven years old really needed him then) as he obsessed over getting Janet back for around a decade before giving up.
  • Nerves of Steel: Doesn't flinch even when the deck is stacked against him and punches Cross in the nose.
  • Nice to the Waiter: The 1970 sequence in Avengers Endgame shows that he was fairly blunt and dismissive towards S.H.I.E.L.D.'s delivery workers, only showing concern when he thinks they might have become ill from opening one of his packages.
  • No Body Left Behind: Is disintegrated along with half the universe after Thanos completes the Infinity Gauntlet, the timing of which coincides with the mid-credits scene of Ant-Man and the Wasp.
  • Not So Above It All: He's grumpy enough that he mostly rolls his eyes at Scott's antics, but when Scott's suit malfunctions in Ant-Man and the Wasp and leaves him looking the size of a four year old, even he can't resist a few jokes:
    Hank: Hiya champ, how was school today?
    Scott: [irritated] Oh, ha ha ha! All right, get your jokes out now. Can you fix the suit?
    Hope: [grinning] So cranky...
    Hank: Do you want a juice box and some string cheese?
    Scott: [completely serious] Do you really have that?
  • Odd Name Out: It's implied that he's the only one on his family who uses the Pym surname, since Hope is last seen using her mother's maiden name and Janet herself being addressed by her maiden name both by other characters in-universe and the film's promotional materials.
  • Old Superhero: Hank Pym was an all-American hero who fought against the commies, but in the modern day, the scientific after-effects of all those weird experiments he did to get his power leave him without powers while the grim reality of government and corporate corruption that became clear by the 70's have left him disillusioned with the system.
  • Omnidisciplinary Scientist: Downplayed from his comic counterpart. While he no longer has robotics and artificial intelligence on the list he still has extensive knowledge of physics, engineering and biology, all vital for the Ant-Man tech to work.
  • Only a Flesh Wound: He's shot in the shoulder around the climax of Ant-Man, and while he does need medical attention, it doesn't bother him that much. He's in a sling by the end of the movie however.
  • Overprotective Dad: Downplayed. On a more humorous note, he's pretty miffed whenever he sees Scott making out with Hope.
  • Passing the Torch:
    • To Scott, whom he chooses to take over the role of Ant-Man. It's mostly because he doesn't want Hope in danger.
    • He finally makes Hope the new Wasp at the end of the first film.
  • Pest Controller: Invented the mechanism that he and Scott use to command ants.
  • Posthumous Character: Although Hank and his family have been dead for five years during the events of Avengers: Endgame, his research and inventions from the previous Ant-Man movies and the MCU at large are heavily involved in that film's plot to restore everyone Back from the Dead, including Hank himself.
  • Prank Call: His past self is the victim of this in Avengers: Endgame, where Steve Rogers claims that a delivery man accidentally opened a box being shipped to him, causing Hank to fly out of his lab in a panic.
  • Professor Guinea Pig: Downplayed. After creating the Ant-Man suit, Hank was adamant that only he is allowed to wear and use the suit during his tenure at S.H.I.E.L.D. When they decided to try to replicate both it and the Pym Particles anyway, Hank promptly resigns from S.H.I.E.L.D, taking and locking away the suit with him.
  • Relative Button: Making any insinuation about his failure to protect Janet sets him off. Mitchell Carson did this in the prologue, and was probably lucky to walk away with just a broken nose. Foster comments in the sequel that Jane was the only person who could put up with Hank and could pay the price, and Hope has to physically restrain him.
  • Retired Badass: He was the original Ant-Man from the 1960s to the 1980s, which is briefly seen in a flashback on the mission where Janet committed her Heroic Sacrifice. By the time of the movie he had basically buried his past and it's treated as a thing of legend. Putting the suit back on isn't an option even if he wanted to get back in the game due to the long-term damage shrinking with the Pym Particles has done to his body even with the suit's protection.
  • Right for the Wrong Reasons: Leaving S.H.I.E.L.D. after learning that they had tried to replicate and weaponize his Pym Particles without his knowledge or consent was the right move, but not for the reasons he thinks. The organization had already been corrupted by HYDRA by that point. The S.H.I.E.L.D. member who was most vocal about replicating the Pym Particles, Mitchell Carson, is later revealed to be a member of HYDRA too.
  • Science Hero: Whereas Scott is a lowly engineer/thief who can barely keep a job when we first meet him, Hank is a well-respected scientist and inventor who managed to create ways to quickly shrink and grow things, as well as a suit that allows one to do this in quick succession. Because he's also the only one who got to wear it between the 60s and 80s, Hank also acted as a spy for the American government.
  • Setting Update: One of the few exceptions outside of Captain America's cast. Pym was active during the comicbook character's original setting, instead of being updated to a modern one.
  • Small Role, Big Impact: Despite appearing in only a few films, his invention of the Pym particles is instrumental to the invention of time travel and undoing Thanos's work.
  • Surrounded by Idiots: His expression whenever Scott or one of the Wombats say/do something stupid/crazy.
  • Take This Job and Shove It: Resigned from S.H.I.E.L.D. in disgust after learning they had tried to replicate his Pym Particles without his knowledge or consent. His language was polite, but the sentiment was this.
  • Tank Goodness: His keychain is a Soviet tank, shrunken down, of course.
  • Together in Death: Vanishes, along with his wife and daughter, in The Stinger of the second movie, following Thanos's Badass Fingersnap in Wakanda.
  • Took a Level in Kindness: While hardly a saint, he's comparatively nicer as an old man. He's also nicer to Scott by the time of Ant-Man and the Wasp, apart from his bitterness over Scott inadvertently forcing him and Hope on the run.
  • Unknown Rival: Stark's dismissal of Lang in Civil War implies he has no thought and no awareness of his father's feud with Hank or Hank's hatred of himself:
    Scott Lang: Hank Pym always said, you never can trust a Stark.
    Tony Stark: Who are you?
  • Unreliable Expositor: When Bill brings up his past partnership with Hank, and in particular the way Elihas Starr attempted to continue his experiment after Hank fired him, Hank defends his own actions and questions Bill's accounts. Bill may be biased, but so is Hank.
  • "Well Done, Son!" Guy: While only one of them is his actual child, as Hope van Dyne, Darren Cross, Scott Lang and Bill Foster will tell you trying to get a word of praise out of this man is like trying to perform a blood transfusion using Mount Everest as the donor. Admittedly, in Darren Cross's case the things he wants approval for are not things that he should want approval for, but even taking that into account Hank Pym can be very stingy with his encouragement.
  • What the Hell, Hero?: Ant-Man opens on him chewing out Stark and S.H.I.E.L.D. for trying to develop the same shrinking technology he employs, despite Pym wanting to prevent its abuse.
  • World's Smartest Man: At the very least, he is the undisputed best scientist in the world in his fields of expertise. in ''The Wakanda Files'' Shuri notes that she can't figure out how his Pym Particles work, not even with the help of a team of Wakandas best scientists. Howard Stark similarly failed to make a replica of his work, and Tony didn't even try.
  • Wounded Gazelle Gambit: He convincingly fakes a heart problem in order to have Foster open a container of Altoids that turns out to contain enlarged ants instead.

    Hope van Dyne / The Wasp II 

Hope van Dyne / The Wasp II
"That's how you punch."
Click here to see her as Wasp 

Species: Human

Portrayed By: Evangeline Lilly, Madeleine McGraw (child)

Voiced By: Maria Roiz (Latin-American Spanish dub), Eva Díez (European Spanish dub), Yuki Uchida (Japanese dub), Angélica Santos (Brazilian Portuguese dub)

Appearances: Ant-Man | Ant-Man and the Wasp | Avengers: Endgame | Ant-Man and the Wasp: Quantumania

"It's about damn time."

Hank Pym's daughter, who assists him in the training of Scott, specifically with the physical training and martial arts. She is the chairwoman of Pym Technologies and cast the deciding vote that pushed her father out of the company, but as Darren Cross grew closer to recreating the research her father did, she had a change of heart and decided to aid her father in destroying that research. However old wounds do not heal so easily as she resents her father for never being forthcoming about the fate of her mother.

  • Action Girl: She's the one who teaches Scott how to fight. She also helps Scott disable the HYDRA goons surrounding Hank.
    Scott: You're going to teach me how to punch? Okay, [holds up hand as a target] Show me how to—
    [Hope punches him in the face]
    Hope: That's how you punch.
  • Adaptational Dye Job: The Wasp suit is generally yellow and black in the comics, while here it's black and silver with a few streaks of red. This was likely done to make it distinct from the Yellowjacket suit which used said color scheme.
  • Adaptational Heroism: In the Marvel Comics 2 comics, Hope van Dyne/Hope Pym was an Ax-Crazy villain called Red Queen. Although she is on strained relations with her father in the film due to her mother's death years ago and vents her frustrations on Scott, she's more-or-less on the side of good here.
  • Adaptation Name Change: Played for Drama. She uses her mom's surname because of her strained relationship with her father.
  • Affectionate Nickname: Her mother calls her "Jellybean".
  • Alliterative Family: With her father Hank.
  • Aloof Dark-Haired Girl: She's cold and distant to both her own father and Scott, the former especially.
  • Ascended Extra: A minor villainous character from an Alternate Continuity to the main Marvel Universe in the comics becomes a major character and the Wasp of the MCU, rather than her mother.
  • The Atoner: She tries to make up for the mistakes she made, after returning to her father.
  • Battle Couple: With Scott Lang, the second Ant-Man, as of the sequel.
  • Badass Bookworm: She's a high ranking scientist in Pym Technologies, who happens to pack a mean punch.
  • Belligerent Sexual Tension: With Scott. She goes from punching him during their first training session to kissing him by the end of the film.
  • Bling-Bling-BANG!: Her second (and technically first to outright use onscreen) Wasp costume has gold plates in it.
  • Broken Bird: Because Hank never gave her the details of her mother's death and pushed her away when she sought comfort, it ate away at her and turned her bitter. This built-up resentment is the main reason she stood against her father when the company voted to oust him. She tries to put that aside in order to accomplish her father's goal (once she saw how much worse things would be if Darren was allowed to succeed) but it's difficult for her to and she still feels rejected (since her father won't let her actually carry out his plan, despite the fact she is more able than anyone else he could find).
    Hope: You know, after my mother died, I didn't see him for almost two weeks!
    Scott: He was grieving.
    Hope: Yeah, so was I and I was seven! And he never came back, not in any way that counted! He just shipped me off to boarding school.
  • Calling Parents by Their Name: In Ant-Man she calls her father Hank throughout, stemming from her long-seated resentment toward him. She does, however, call him "Dad!" once after he gets shot, an event that happens after they've started working through what happened to Hope's mother (the cause of the rift between father and daughter). In the sequel, she's back to calling him "Dad" after they reconcile.
  • Canon Foreigner: In a sense. The exact character of "Hope van Dyne" as presented in the film has never existed in the main Earth-616 continuity, but a character named Nadia Pym ("Nadia" being Russian for "Hope") existed in the What If? Alternate Universe known as MC2. The two characters share little similarity, though, and later...
    • Canon Immigrant: A loosely-adapted version of the MCU Hope, Nadia Pym, (later Nadia van Dyne, bringing it full circle) eventually made her way into the original Marvel comics universe (instead of the MC2 Alternate Universe) after the success of the first Ant-Man film. Again, 616 Nadia doesn't actually have that much in common with the movie Hope aside from being Hank Pym's daughternote  who replaces Janet as the Wasp.
  • Composite Character: Takes her name and relationship to Hank Pym from Hope Pym of Earth-982, but takes her haircut, surname and outfit from her mother, Janet van Dyne. Her father eventually presents her with a new suit, which she dons in the sequel to become the Wasp.
  • Corrupt Corporate Executive: Starts out as this out of personal reasons due to having Daddy Issues with Hank by conspiring with the equally crooked Darren Cross to take over her father's company, but then she realizes Cross is a far worse corporate crook then her and returns to Hank.
  • Costume Evolution: Her Wasp suit in the stinger of Ant-Man appears to be different from the one she wears in the sequel.
  • Defrosting Ice Queen: She warms up to Scott and reconciles with her estranged father throughout the movie. By Ant-Man and the Wasp, she's considerably more relaxed, regularly laughing at Scott's antics, being more open about her growing affection for Scott and generally showing much more emotional vulnerability.
  • Deuteragonist: Promoted to this in the sequel, where she has a much more active role, both story-wise (her decisions and actions propel much of the narrative) and literally as she lets her Action Girl abilities shine through as the Wasp.
  • Disproportionate Retribution: Just because her father doesn't tell her the truth about her mother, Hope resents him for years to the point she address him by his name and kicks him out from his own company.
  • Dropped a Bridge on Her: In the first post-credits scene of Ant-Man and the Wasp, Thanos's use of the Infinity Gauntlet killed her while Scott is in the Quantum Realm.
  • Eating the Eye Candy: During their training, Hope briefly glances at Scott's abs while he treats an injury.
  • Expository Hairstyle Change: Loses the bob cut in the sequel, both to show that time has passed and to visually represent her less-uptight personality.
  • Expy: Inverted with Nadia Pym, who is based more on Hope than Hope is based on her MC2 counterpart.
  • Flight: The Wasp suit can fly.
  • Heel–Face Turn: Hope betrayed Hank by scheming with Cross to take over Pym Technologies, shutting her father out of his own company. She changes course of action when she realizes Cross is dangerous, and returns to Hank so they can find a way to stop him.
  • Hypercompetent Sidekick: To Scott, to her chagrin because she is far more qualified to wear the Ant-Man suit than he is. Why she can't be the Ant-Man is a point of contention between her and her father at first; then they reconcile and get over it.
  • Iconic Sequel Character: Does not appear in the Marvel Cinematic Universe until the seventh year.
  • Ironic Name: She's quite pessimistic and cynical.
  • Jerk with a Heart of Gold: She's a huge jerkass to Scott for the first half of Ant-Man when he is largely passive towards her, mainly because she is upset because her father vetoed her using the suit to pull of the heist. She warms up to him eventually. She resumes a cold attitude towards in him Ant-Man and the Wasp, but this is somewhat justified given Scott stole the Ant-Man suit, got involved in a fight with the Avengers, caused her and her father to have to go on the run, and didn't even invite her to help him out during the battle.
  • Lady of War: Hope carries herself with an aloof and graceful air. This is seen even in fight scenes, in which she uses a Mixed Martial Arts fighting style that incorporates gymnastics and Judo. This was intentional by Evangeline Lilly, who felt that Hope should fight with an elegance and femininity that little girls would love.
  • Last Episode, New Character: Debuted in the final Phase Two film of the Marvel Cinematic Universe.
  • Legacy Character: Besides inheriting her mother's bob, The Stinger of Ant-Man also sets her up to become the next Wasp.
  • Mad Scientist's Beautiful Daughter: Fell out with her father after Janet's death, but reconciles with him during the movie, especially when she learns of Janet's Heroic Sacrifice.
  • Meaningful Name: Lampshaded by her father when he is giving her the prototype Wasp suit at the end of Ant-Man.
  • Morality Chain: Cross empathizes with Hope's resentment towards her dad (though he takes it too far for even her), he doesn't kill Pym when he breaks into Pym's house because Hope is in the next room, and he pauses when Hope tells him that he is losing his mind.
  • More Deadly Than the Male: Make no mistake, between her and Scott, Hope is the superior fighter and user of the suit, and she has a better suit that fires bolts of energy and can fly. The only thing Scott has been shown to do that she hasn't is to grow into giant size.
  • Nice Job Breaking It, Hero!:
    • She was the deciding vote that ousted Hank from Pym Tech and put Darren Cross in charge. It's implied that she did it out of spite. She soon realized that it was a very bad idea.
    • She was the one that called the cops on Scott, which turns out to have consequences as it led to Darren piecing together Scott's involvement in Hank's planned heist — something which otherwise might have been avoided and made the climax go smoother than it did. Scott fighting the Falcon might have made Cross aware that someone was wearing the suit, but the man arrested near Hank's mansion — who somehow disappeared from his cell without a trace — was too much of a coincidence to ignore.
  • No Body Left Behind: Is disintegrated along with half the universe after Thanos completes the Infinity Gauntlet, the timing of which coincides with the mid-credits scene of Ant-Man and the Wasp.
  • Nom de Mom: She goes by her mother's maiden name instead of her birth surname, due to her estrangement from her father.
  • Not So Above It All: She criticizes Scott for calling Steve Rogers "Cap" in Ant-Man and the Wasp, but in the climatic battle of Endgame, Hope addresses Rogers as "Cap", too. Scott grins at her, and she, aware of her hypocrisy, grins back.
  • Relationship Revolving Door: Has an on-off relationship with Scott, having cut ties with him by the time the sequel begins. By the end of the movie, they’re back together... Until unforeseen circumstances end their relationship again in the mid-credits scene. They eventually get together for good at the end of Endgame.
  • The Mole: She used her seniority in Pym Technologies and closeness to Cross to provide Scott and Hank with important information, while exaggerating her antagonism with her father. Cross figures it out anyway, and thwarts their main plan to steal the Yellowjacket suit.
  • Sci-Fi Bob Haircut: Hope sports the classic bob her mother, the first Wasp, had in the original comics. She grows it out in the two years between Ant-Man and Ant-Man and the Wasp so that it more resembles Tomboyish Ponytail.
  • Second Love: To Scott, assuming that he didn't have a relationship after his and his first wife's divorce prior to their Last-Minute Hookup.
  • Sexy Mentor: She's the one who gave Scott a proper combat training and has a Last-Minute Hookup with him.
  • Sharp Dressed Woman: Wears a suit for much of Ant-Man, except in training scenes where it wouldn't be practical. She's a big whig at the company after all.
  • Sizeshifter: Her suit in the second film which utilize Pym Particles allows her to shrink and grow back to normal size at will.
  • Teacher/Student Romance: She serves as a personal trainer for Scott and Love Interest.
  • Together in Death: She and her parents are vanished by Thanos's Badass Fingersnap together.
  • Took a Level in Badass: Not that she wasn't an extremely capable woman, but being given the Wasp suit elevates her to One-Man Army status in Ant-Man and the Wasp, where she curb-stomps Burch and his many goons.
  • Took a Level in Cheerfulness: She’s much more optimistic in the sequel, partially due to her joy at finally getting her chance to be a hero and partially due to her renewed hope of reuniting with her long-lost mother.
  • Welcome Back, Traitor: Despite their estranged relationship, Hank and Hope work together to stop Darren Cross from realizing his nefarious plans.
  • What Measure Is a Non-Cute?: She objects to Cross testing his shrink ray on baby lambs, having expected the test subjects to be rodents.

    Janet van Dyne / The Wasp 

Janet van Dyne / The Wasp
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Species: Enhanced human

Portrayed By: Hayley Lovitt note , Michelle Pfeiffer, Paul Rudd note 

Voiced By: Rebeca Patiño (Latin-American Spanish dub), Mercedes Montalá (European Spanish dub), Gara Takashima (Japanese dub), Sandra Mara Azevedo (Brazilian Portuguese dub)

Appearances: Ant-Man | Ant-Man and the Wasp | Avengers: Endgame | Ant-Man and the Wasp: Quantumania

"This place... it changes you. Adaptation is part of it, but some of it is... evolution."

Hank Pym's wife and Hope's mother. During the Cold War she wore a companion suit to Hank's Ant-Man suit and performed missions for S.H.I.E.L.D. under the codename of "the Wasp".

  • Action Girl: She and Hank spent years as a superhero tag-team for S.H.I.E.L.D., taking on threats around the world until her apparent death in the line of duty.
  • Action Mom: Continued being a superhero after having Hope. According to Hope, she was seven when Janet disappeared.
  • Adaptation Personality Change: In the comics, Janet is still a young woman who works as a fashion designer, full of joie de vivre and a bit ditzy. Here, she’s older and more grounded, and is shown to be a very talented scientist in her own right, but she still has her moments of playfulness.
  • Adaptational Superpower Change: In the comics, Janet's ability to shrink and shoot bio-electric blasts are innate as a result of absorbing enough Pym Particles to alter her genetic code. Here, they're derived from her suit. However, she does gain legit superhuman powers without them in the Quantum Realm, such as telepathy and Healing Hands, neither of which she ever had before.
  • Adaptation Dye-Job: Jan is almost always portrayed with brown hair in the comics. She's originally shown with darker hair (in flashbacks) here, but by the time she's reunited with her family in the present, her hair has faded to a blondish-gray, and flashbacks in her youth before that shows her with blonde hair anyway.
  • Age Lift: In the comics, she and her husband are inaugural members of the Avengers. Here, they are (or at least Hank) instead founders and early members of the Avengers Initiative, and work for S.H.I.E.L.D.
  • Animal-Themed Superbeing: Although her costume lacks the yellow and black, her superhero identity is named after the wasp.
  • Battle Couple: She went on missions with her husband.
  • Clothes Make the Superman: Her wings and abilities come from her suit, which is visually and functionally similar to the Ant-Man suit. This is in sharp contrast to the comics, where her wings, stingers, and shrinking abilities all come from within her body as a result of a scientific procedure.
  • Composite Character: She disappeared after helping invent the Ant-Man gear, making her a mix of her comic counterpart and Pym's first wife, Maria.
  • Costume Evolution: In her character poster for Ant-Man and the Wasp, her suit seems to be a different color that what was seen in Ant-Man.
  • Demoted to Extra: In the comics, a founding Avenger (and even the source of the team's name), and one of the most recurring central members of the team, as well as definitely being the Wasp in the Marvel Universe. Here, she's thought to be dead in the first film, loses her prominence as the Wasp to her Canon Foreigner daughter, only returns at the end of the second film, is erased by Thanos in The Stinger, and makes only a single non-speaking appearance in Endgame and never fights alongside the team she's usually tied so closely to.
  • Distaff Counterpart: Her suit was similar to Hank's apart from having wings and a different visor for her helmet.
  • Dropped a Bridge on Her: In the first post-credits scene of Ant-Man and the Wasp, Thanos's use of the Infinity Gauntlet killed her while Scott is in the Quantum Realm.
  • Dying Moment of Awesome: Hank believed that her dying act was to go subatomic to dismantle a nuclear bomb targeted at Washington DC from within. After Scott returns from the Quantum Realm, Hank's not so sure that she died; and the sequel showed that she didn't.
  • The Faceless: The two times she's seen on screen in the first Ant-Man, her face is obscured, first by her Wasp suit mask and again by a big floppy hat. There's also what could very well be her in the Quantum Realm.
  • Flight: Unlike Ant-Man, the Wasp was equipped with a pair of insect-like wings, which barring flagrant abuse of physics (beyond what the Pym Particles already cause) likely only worked when she shrunk down.
  • Happily Married: To Hank; in contrast to the significantly messier relationship they have in the comics, their relationship here is loving to the point where even their scientific bickering looks sweet.
  • Healing Hands: An apparent side effect of her thirty years lost in the Quantum Realm is the ability to mend quantum conditions and injuries with her hands.
  • Hero of Another Story: We only see the last minute of her career as a Cold War-era superhero. She also spent thirty years wandering the Quantum Realm.
  • Heroic Sacrifice: She shrinks herself to dangerous levels to save Washington, D.C., and doesn't come back. She survived, but she didn't have the means to return to normal, and wouldn't for decades.
  • Iconic Sequel Character: Does not appear in the Marvel Cinematic Universe until the seventh year, and not officially until the tenth.
  • Improvised Weapon: She seems to have made a spear tipped with one of her suit's wings to defend herself in the Quantum Realm, which is nicely shown sheathed on her back when she and Hank reunite. She's never actually seen using it, though.
  • In Name Only: Not to the extent of Hank, but her powers, personality, profession, and role in the Marvel Universe are all generally at odds with the original comic character. While she has moments of similarity to her comic self, they are few and far between.
  • Last Episode, New Character: Played With. She debuted via flashback in the final Phase Two film of the Marvel Cinematic Universe, but her official introduction happens in a Phase Three film.
  • The Lost Lenore: Losing her caused Hank to retire, distance himself from his daughter, lock away his research and refuse to share it with anyone, ultimately cut off ties with Stark and S.H.I.E.L.D. and become what is essentially a billionaire hermit. For years he held onto the hope that he could find her, but appears to have given up in the present until Scott shows him that it is possible to come back from where she was.
  • The Maiden Name Debate: Implied. After being rescued from the Quantum Realm, Scott greets her and addresses her as "Ms. van Dyne" instead of "Mrs. Pym".
  • Morality Pet: To Hank. Bill Foster claims that Janet was the only one who was ever able bring him down to earth.
  • Never Found the Body: She shrunk down to subatomic size, and was never seen again.
  • Nice Hat: One of her portraits in Hank's house shows her wearing one. It covers a significant amount of her face.
  • No Body Left Behind: Is disintegrated along with half the universe after Thanos completes the Infinity Gauntlet, the timing of which coincides with the mid-credits scene of Ant-Man and the Wasp.
  • Not Quite Dead: The ending of Ant-Man hints that it is possible Janet is still alive, somewhere. Then, when Scott goes subatomic, he sees recurring flashes of someone. She was able to survive in the Quantum Realm for thirty years and is successfully rescued by Hank, Hope and Scott. Though her time in the Quantum Realm seems to have awoken strange abilities she seems to be okay.
  • Odd Name Out: With her husband Hank and daughter Hope.
  • Out of Focus: In contrast to her husband (whose younger self appears during the Time Heist), and her daughter (who participates in the final battle), Janet is by far the least involved in the events of Avengers: Endgame, only making a voiceless cameo during Tony Stark's funeral.
  • Parenting the Husband: She's the only person who can calm Hank down and get him to see reason.
  • People Puppets: Briefly uses Scott as one to give Hank and Hope the directions necessary to get her out of the Quantum Realm.
  • Plucky Girl: Despite being Trapped in Another World all alone for three decades, she didn't allow herself to Go Mad from the Isolation, remains optimistic that she'll still see her family again all those time, and the first thing she does when she finally got back is to heal the person who was just trying to kill her.
  • Posthumous Character: Hank holds onto the hope that she's still alive and still researches ways to reach her, but both he and Hope have accepted that she's effectively dead until the ending, in Hank's case. Subverted in Ant-Man and the Wasp as she turns out to be alive, and double-subverted when she's disintegrated in The Stinger, and triple-subverted when she comes back from the dead after the Time Heist.
  • The Power of Love: Janet's love for her family and the unyielding hope that she would see them again appears to be what kept her sane during her imprisonment in the Quantum Realm.
  • Psychic Powers: Implied to be a side effect of her time in the Quantum Realm. Over the course of the film, she implants her memories into Scott Lang’s mind, briefly uses Scott as a person-puppet, and stops a nightmare that her husband is having by touching his forehead.
  • Shoot the Shaggy Dog: After being freed from the Quantum Realm after so many years, she doesn't get to enjoy it for long due to being a victim of Thanos's finger snap.
  • Sizeshifter: Just like Ant-Man, she uses Pym Particles to shrink and grow. She goes missing when she shrinks too far.
  • Super Empowering: Decades in the Quantum Realm gave her special abilities, although the full extent of them have yet to be seen as of Ant-Man and the Wasp.
  • Together in Death: She along with her husband and daughter are vanished by Thanos's Badass Fingersnap together.
  • Trapped in Another World: She didn’t die when she went subatomic, but rather spent three decades in the microscopic Acid-Trip Dimension known as the Quantum Realm.
  • The Unseen: Her face is never seen in Ant-Man. It's even obscured by a hat in a family photo. We don't get an idea of what she looks like until Ant-Man and the Wasp.



    Scott Lang / Ant-Man II 
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    Darren Cross / Yellowjacket 
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"So it's a suit."

Species: Human

Portrayed By: Joe Chrest

Voiced By: Pedro de Aguillón Jr. (Latin-American Spanish dub), Jesús Rodríguez (European Spanish dub)

Appearances: Ant-Man

"Unfortunately we can't just do whatever we want. Would be nice, though, right? But there are laws."

A senior executive at Pym Technologies.

  • Honest Corporate Executive: Despite the potential profit to be gained from selling the Yellowjacket, he's against it for moral and legal reasons.
  • Only Sane Man: He's the only person to openly stand up to Cross, voicing his concerns over what could be done with the Yellowjacket technology.
  • Sacrificial Lamb: Frank is killed early on to establish both how unpredictably dangerous Cross is and that he hasn't perfected the technology yet.


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