Real Name Janet VanDyne
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Janet Van Dyne is a princess, always was, always will be. Daughter of the well-known scientist Vernon Van Dyne, Janet was brought up into a world of social status and money, her father's family fortune funding his scientific achievements. Vernon loved his daughter and tried to teach her everything he knew, but she found science rather stuffy and dull, dreaming of far more adventure and excitement that a beaker and Bunsen burner could bring. As Vernon grew older, he decided to collaborate with an up and coming young doctor as he had once been on a project to set his place in history in stone: detecting other life in the universe. Janet was intrigued by the idea and this was one of the few times she took true interest in her father's experiments. Vernon Van Dyne found the man he was looking for merely by opening up the latest scientific journal; Doctor Henry Pym was highly feature for his work in biochemistry and lauded for his accomplishments at so young an age. Finding out his whereabouts, Dr. Van Dyne grabbed his hat and coat and headed for the door. Janet went with him, if only for the fact she was rather bored that day…
She met him in a small, neatly trimmed office. Still in his lab coat, still tinkering on some unknown device, the blonde haired scientist listened patiently to Dr. Van Dyne's proposal. Janet was drawn to his striking and handsome looks, but was bored by the conversation otherwise. She had no interest in dull, intellectual bookworm, preferring men of action and adventure. Pym, on the other hand, was struck by the young woman's appearance as well, haunted by her resemblance ot his lost wife, Maria. Pym declined , feeling his work in cell transition would have no place in the hunt for extraterrestrial life. The three parted with each other on their thoughts…
Van Dyne continued his work on his own and succeeded, projecting a gamma-ray beam through hyperspace to a distant planet populated by an alien race known as the Kosmodians. The criminal Pilai was the beam's receiver however, and the alien used Dr. Van Dyne's contact as a transport for his escape from prosecution. Van Dyne was there, in the lab, when Pilai arrived; finding a witness, Pilai thought nothing of killing his unwitting benefactor and taking to the city to cause unknown chaos. Janet returned to a silent lab and the dead body of her father brutally murdered in Pilai's wake. Unsure of what to do, Janet called Dr. Pym and told him what had happened; Pym dismissed her call, having no time for women or their 'tricks', but the ants told another story and soon, he suited up into his first costumed identity as Ant-Man to investigate.
He found Janet, her tears already shed and stronger for them. Her regret of never saying goodbye to her beloved father strengthened her resolve for revenge. Ant-Man was struck once again by the memory of his wife and took a chance. Seeing the strong young woman instead of the flighty debutant of before, Ant-Man told her to seek out Dr. Pym. She hasted to him and began to tell him what had happened. He already knew mysteriously and led her down into his laboratory, revealing himself there to be none other than Ant-Man himself! Longing for someone to fight at his side, he offered Janet the chance to undergo treatments to superpowers to fight at his side; she never hesitated in saying 'yes'.
Pym had been studying the nature of wasps and their biocellular structure for some time and it was this research that enabled him to implant specially designed cells beneath Janet Van Dyne's skin at her shoulder blades and temples corresponding to those cells found in wasp's wings and antennae. It all seemed so fast and wonderful as he instructed her on the use of the gasses containing the subatomic "Pym Particles" that would allow her to change size at her own command. The result was that Janet Van Dyne, when reduced to insect size, could grow wings that enabled her to fly and antennae, allowing her to communicate with the higher insects, such as ants. Her eyes sparkled as he showed her the uniforms he had designed with unstable molecules and her heart fluttered as she put them on. It was like a storybook, the noble hero helping her to avenge the death of her father against a terrible monster and in the end, their triumph and her joy caused her to blurt out her feelings for him. Flustered, he admonished her for such displays of emotion. But she saw the blush in his cheeks and it only made her love him more.
The Ant-Man and Wasp fought crime with expert work, keen deductive investigation and fantastic superpowers. Janet lived a life beside Henry Pym that dazzled and delighted her. She was destined for life as a costumed hero… as well as, she thought, to be the wife of the dashing reclusive scientist. In their adventures, both joined up with the first Iron Man and Thor in tracking down the Hulk, who, under the evil guides of Loki, had waged war on the Thunder God. Loki exposed, the five superheroes agreed to continue their work as a team committed to fighting evil; it was the Wasp who came up with their title: The Avengers.
Dr. Pym continued his work in leaps and bounds, creating a new strain that would allow him to reach incredible size and strength with a mere capsule. Designed for Janet as well, these capsules would allow her to shrink and him to grow without the need for the gasses used before. But, the shifts in size began to take a toll on th now named Giant-Man, causing him to rethink his work. With caution for both their safety, he retired from the Avengers and crimefighting in general, convincing Janet to do so as well. Reluctant to go, she swore herself a place at Pym's side always and accompanied him into retirement.
But it didn't last long; Pym discovered the Sub-Mariner approaching New York and, suspecting trouble, decided to contact his former teammates. But before he could act, Janet was take prisoner by the Atlantean Attuma who fought for Namor's crown, and then by the alien Collector. Pym was determined to rescue his longtime partner (and something more than he wished to realize) and donned a new costume, growing to phenomenal heights as Goliath. Janet was freed from the Collector's clutches and both came out fo retirement to serve with the Avengers once more.
Upon Janet's 23rd birthday, her full inheritance came into her possession, as set down in her father's will. Henry Pym no longer saw her as the flighty girl of before, nor even as his partner, but as someone he deeply loved and cared for. Still, he remained distant, unable to express how he felt for the Wasp; waiting, Janet gave him time. One day while working in his laboratory, Pym accidentally knocked over chemicals of unknown origin; the mixture of chemicals caused a strange reaction in Pym, his personality splitting in two. This new persona took the name 'Yellowjacket' and claimed to have killed Henry Pym. Uninhibited, he kidnapped Van Dyne and proposed to her as, deep down inside, Pym had always longed to do. Janet knew something was wrong and, fearing for Pym's mental stability.. and rather swept away in the romance of the moment, agreed to marry him. They were married at the Avengers Mansion, but the unusual celebration was crashed by the Ringmaster and his Circus of Crime. In the midst of battle, the sight of Van Dyne in danger shocked Pym back into his normal personality and brought him back. Afterwards, despite the fact Pym had married her under an assumed name and duress, Janet agreed to let the marriage stand.
This began a whole new stage in Janet's life. Under her married name of Janet Van Dyne Pym, she began a successful career as a fashion designer and became publically known as the costumed heroine, the Wasp. Pym continued his biological experimentations on his wife, developing a way for her to not only increase her strength as she shrinks, but to also use her heightened body energy to power her 'sting' weapons.
But from such a high point in Van Dyne's life she could only fall; as Pym began to lose interest in his life as a crime fighter, sinking into a agitated depression as he held himself up to standards no one else asked of him but himself. As Janet rose in the public eye and as an Avenger, things only became worse as she also was the sole source of their income. Anger with himself became anger towards her as Pym began to take out his frustrations on his wife, first verbally then physically.
Distraught, Janet told no one of her husband's abuse, matters only growing worse. As his fevor grew, his actions with the Avengers grew reckless, forcing Captain America to bring him up on charges in a court-martial that would expell him from the team. Frantic, Pym constructed a robot to attack during the proceedings, one he could defeat in front of his peers and have the charges lifted. When Janet found out she tried to stop him, but was struck down by her husband. Pym's plan went out of his hands and, in the end, it was the Wasp herself who put an end to the fiasco by defeating the robot. Pym was expelled from the team, and divorce proceedings were put into place.
Carried out in as business-like manner as possible, the divorce became final and Janet dropped the last name of Pym. They still remain friends but conflicting emotions keeps Pym at arm's length; Janet has had a few brief flings with fellow Avenger Tony Stark and the costumed hero the Paladin, but Janet remains single and alone for the most part. Still, she handles herself well on the social scene, attending galas and charity events for both her designing company and the Avengers when needed. Janet remained a solid member of the Avengers, holding a place as a former chairwoman, founder and active member.
Through Secret Wars one and Secret Wars II, she proved herself time and again as a superior leader of the Avengers, maintaining a steady hand and level head. Afterward, her greatest test when the Masters of Evil under Baron Zemo besieged and overthrew the Avengers' Mansion. It was her who led the rescue mission and subsequently succeeded.
Shortly afterward, Pym regained his mental capacities and due to the tension between them, Janet was assigned to the West Coast Avengers for a time. During a trip to Vegas, she and Pym became friends again and Pym asked her to marry him once again, she turned him down.
During Operation: Galactic Storm, Wasp headed up the Earth team who were responsible for guarding the Sol System and preventing any other force from passing from the Stargate. With the end of the Galactic Storm, Janet finds herself back in Manhattan and within the Avengers.


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