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Janet Van Dyne's 'tragedy' doesn't necessarily mean she's dead or that she's 'erased' from the MCU. All of this is literally click-bait off of one sentence Michael Douglas said.

The fact that Evangeline Lilly is playing a character named Hope Van Dyne—the daughter of Janet Van Dyne—is enough to get mad about. Unless you really think that an 80 year old Janet Van Dyne is going to join the Avengers as the Wasp?

The Wasp, an incredibly important character and a crucial member of the Avengers, has been relegated to being a possibly unseen side character in “Ant-Man,” one that can’t fulfill the same vital role in the MCU that she fills in the comics. That much is true, and it’s enough to be bummed about.

And yeah, it’s entirely possible that Hope will become the Wasp. I’d actually bet good money that that will happen. But it’s not the same; it’s a trope, and a very depressing one.




Janet van Dyne, a founding member of the Avengers and the person who gave it its name, appears to have been erased from the MCU. Not in the roster when Avengers came out back in 2012, Jan was set for another opportunity to be a part of the team when Marvel announced Ant-Man. Unfortunately, from the announcements yesterday, Jan van Dyne was not even mentioned but someone else was: Hope van Dyne, later corrected to “Hope Pym”, Hank Pym’s daughter. 

At best, Jan will either be a mention or a cameo or an easter egg. She will not be a part of the team she founded, she will not be a superhero. She’s either been swapped out for Hope Pym, who might take up the mantle because Marvel Studios thinks women are interchangeable, or she will be an easter egg at most. 

Janet van Dyne, the heart and soul of the original Avengers and of every Avengers team she’s been on throughout the years, has been erased from the MCU.

If that seems like a fucking shitty thing for Marvel to do to you, we’re tweeting out in the #JanetVanCrime hashtag. you can join us and stand up to yet another fucking erasure of a female character. Keep an eye on the #janetvancrime tag on tumblr for panels, livestreams, and links. Please don’t stay silent about this.

You can watch the Ant-Man panel here.

Since I made this post, there’s been a new development. Janet van Dyne is in a ‘tragic accident’ in Ant-man, as a part of Hank Pym’s backstory.

“My name is Dr. Henry Pym. I’m an entomologist. I’m also a physicist and I discovered in 1963, a way, a serum to reduce a human being to the size of ant maintaining the strength. Not only that, but I was able to find a way to communicate with the ants. But unfortunately during this process, a tragic personal accident happened with my wife, my daughter, Evangeline, Hope. So I’ve had to pass my powers and strengths onto a mentor.”

It appears that Janet van Dyne is killed off in Ant-Man. 

Bleeding Cool published an article on the #JanetVanCrime twitter movement today, detailing how the hashtag evolved over this news.

Join us on twitter to voice your outrage using the #JanetVanCrime hashtag.

This is just…this makes me livid.

Absolutely livid.

I do not know what Edgar Wright had in mind that was too off base and weird and edgy for Marvel that they parted ways, when something like this was considered a-okay.

It’s ridiculously disrespectful to the second super heroine to debut in the modern age of Marvel ComicsI’m mad about this. I’m very disappointed by this. I’m very disappointed that this was the big news of SDCC, and there wasn’t anything else to temper it. 

The MCU has done SUCH a phenomenal job with making Pepper, Peggy, and Jane fully realized, three dimensional characters; seriously, there is little-to-nothing worth latching onto with those characters as they were written pre-MCU. Peggy was nearly non-existant, and both Pepper and Jane had fallen way out of use by the end of the 20th Century. To have Janet be actively removed from the MCU like this just…it really hurts.

It really hurts.