This post contains spoilers for "Ant-Man and the Wasp: Quantumania." Please proceed with caution.
Janet Van Dyne has lived quite a tumultuous life. After saving the world with the original Ant-Man, the Wasp was marooned in the Quantum Realm with no way to escape. Luckily, Scott Lang came along and helped her make it back to her family after decades of isolation in another universe.
But as we found out in "Ant-Man and the Wasp: Quantumania," Van Dyne wasn't alone for long. At some point during her 30-year exile, Kang ended up on her doorstep looking for a way home as well. Being the trusting individual that she is, Michelle Pfeiffer's character helped him until she found out about the "The Conqueror" part of his name. When that finally happened, she met Bill Murray's Lord Krylar and other inhabitants of that world that looked to oppose the villain's rise to power.
Following her unexpected return to the microverse, Janet and Krylar reconnected, but the two met under very different circumstances than before. She is trying to keep Hank and Hope safe from the various dangers of their surroundings and he now works for the ruthless dictator that the two of them once fought against. Although, there's clearly more to their past relationship beyond their attempts at a rebellion. As Janet alludes to while explaining her past with Krylar, a person has needs.
During this conversation, to Hope's dismay, Dr. Pym shared that he went through a similar experience with a woman named Linda when he thought that there was no chance of his wife's return to their universe. Things didn't work out since she "wasn't Janet," but could this fleeting relationship result in another character connected to the good doctor's family tree making their Marvel Cinematic Universe debut?
A Wasp's Nest
While the MCU's Hank Pym is very much a wife guy, his Marvel Comics counterpart has had a much more complicated romantic history, which began with his first wife. Prior to meeting Janet Van Dyne, he was married to Maria Trovaya, who was the daughter of a Hungarian geneticist and entomologist. Maria was also the person that jump-started Hank's interest in ants.
During their honeymoon in her native Hungary, Maria was kidnapped by communists which led Pym to believe that she was murdered along with her father in a laboratory explosion. However, as the American embassy arranged Hank's return to the States to move on with his life, Maria was actually kept alive as a prisoner of the Red Room, the Soviet training facility that produced the Black Widows. She eventually died and was revived by A.I.M. as MODAM (or Mental Organism Designed for Aggressive Maneuvers), but not before giving birth to a daughter.
Ahead of the "Civil War II" event in 2016, Nadia Pym escaped from her captors with the help of some Pym Particles and sought out the Avengers so that she could reconnect with her father. However, because he was basically dead at the time because of an altercation with Ultron, Janet took her stepdaughter under her wing and helped her pursue a heroic path as Nadia Van Dyne, the Unstoppable Wasp.
Whether it's in the comics or onscreen, there is no shortage of strong, intelligent women in the Pym-Van Dyne family. The Wasps, Hope and Janet, as well as Cassie Lang, were front and center of "Ant-Man and the Wasp: Quantumania" and there's no sign of them slowing down in the MCU, especially if the threat of more Kangs looms ahead for the MCU. But with such a threat looming on the horizon, it's very possible that Nadia makes her way to the silver screen soon. And the key to her debut is Hank's former acquaintance, Linda.
Marvel Studios has never been afraid to alter a few backstories when bringing characters from the page to the screen. It would be easy to turn Maria into Linda and introduce Hank's long-lost daughter from the Red Room. Alternatively, Earth's Mightiest Heroes might end up in a universe where Linda is a Red Room operative who strategically dated Hank to create a highly intelligent offspring with the skills of Natasha Romanoff or Yelena Belova.
With literal endless possibilities thanks to the multiverse, a throwaway line from filmmaker Peyton Reed's third adventure with the size-shifting Avengers could lead to another exciting new addition to the House of Ideas. There could even be a Disney+ series about Nadia's STEM program called G.I.R.L. (or Genius In action Research Labs), which supports women with genius-level intellects in various fields to carry out their research. But no matter how they decide to introduce her (if that's what they decide to do), Nadia Van Dyne could be a most welcome addition to the MCU in the future.
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