The Wasp Then & Now- Let Your Geek Sideshow Podcast

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The newest episode of Then & Now focuses on the Wasp, as Susan and Kitty discuss the latest buzz on this small-stature hero who has made her big screen debut as a part of the Marvel Cinematic Universe in Ant-Man and the Wasp.  In Marvel Comics, the mantle of the Wasp has been passed down from founding Avenger Janet van Dyne to the daughter of Hank Pym and his first wife Maria, a girl named Nadia.  (This podcast is Ant-Man and the Wasp spoiler-free!)

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Janet van Dyne, the socialite daughter of the scientist Vernon van Dyne, first became a hero in order to avenge the untimely death of her father following an experiment gone awry.  With the help of Vernon’s associate Hank Pym, she was given wings, stings, and the power to shrink herself down to the size of an insect- thus, the Wasp was born!  Since that time, she became a founding member of the Avengers, and even came up with the team’s legendary name herself.  Janet became a team leader, serving as the first female chairperson of the Avengers, recruiting members like Monica Rambeau and She-Hulk to the super group.

In 2016, a new Wasp took the stage, as the estranged daughter of Hank Pym made her debut.  Nadia Pym is the daughter of Hank and his ill-fated first wife Maria Trovaya, who grew up in the Red Room in Russia.  Her brilliant and quirky scientific mind yearned for fulfillment, and by herself, Nadia successfully replicated the Pym Particle, which allowed her to escape captivity and go to America in search of connecting with her father.  Finding that Dr. Pym had sacrificed himself in a new fight against Ultron, Nadia quickly became drawn to her stepmother Janet van Dyne, learning from the Avenger and eventually becoming the all-new, unstoppable Wasp.

In the Marvel Cinematic Universe, Janet van Dyne cast a large shadow when she sacrificed herself and went subatomic to stop a bomb.  Shrinking down so small that she entered the Quantum Realm, Janet was lost for 30 years when Scott Lang stole the Ant-Man suit and first met Hank and Hope Pym.  This podcast is Ant-Man and the Wasp spoiler-free, so listen along and then be sure to see the film for yourself to learn more about Hope and Janet, and the Wasp as a hero in the MCU.

If you are interested in following the Wasp throughout Marvel Comics and the Marvel Cinematic Universe, be sure to check out the following comics and shows:

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