Rumor Patrol: Iron Man 3 To Introduce The Wasp?

Published 2 years ago by , Updated May 12th, 2013 at 7:51 am,

Stephanite Szostak Rumor Patrol: Iron Man 3 To Introduce The Wasp?

Not including Nick Fury or Agent Coulson, there were six core heroes that made up The Avengers roster, four with superpowers and two without. The only woman of the team (Black Widow) was one of the non-powered heroes, but that wasn’t always the plan for the epic team-up movie.

Before Joss Whedon and Scarlett Johansson were involved, earlier drafts of The Avengers script included the Wasp, one of the founding team members from Marvel Comics who, like Ant-Man, is still waiting for that big screen introduction. According to the latest rumors, Iron Man 3 might be where that happens.

Through casting, set photos, Comic-Con footage and most recently, the first official Iron Man 3 trailer, Marvel Studios has been steadily revealing what we can simply describe as a lot. We’ve seen new armor designs for Tony Stark and James “Rhodey” Rhodes’ War Machine suit, met the Mandarin (Ben Kingsley) and heard rumors about the film’s final battle.

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These revelations beg the question of what surprises director Shane Black and co-writer Drew Pearce still have hidden away. One of those surprises coming attached to this first chapter of Phase Two of the Marvel cinematic universe could be an introduction of a character who may have a major role come time for The Avengers 2.

This rumor stems back to July, just before San Diego Comic-Con when it was quietly announced that Stephanie Szostak (Dinner for Schmucks, R.I.P.D.) had been cast into an unspecified role for Iron Man 3, news that’s never been followed up with details on who she’s playing until a tweet this week from the mysterious account of Roger Wardell.


When combined with‘s sketchy “tipster” claiming Stephanie Szostak is playing Janet van Dyne aka Wasp, it’s not a stretch to assume that’s who Wardell is teasing as well.

Both claims (and much of Wardell’s other recent tweets) are entirely unsubstantiated but in the case of Wardell, his previous sparse tweets have not been proven wrong either. It’s worth discussing since Wardell shared info on the Falcon showing up in Captain America: The Winter Soldier before that news broke. I’d also like to point out that at least two Screen Rant readers (1, 2) suggested Szostak for the role of van Dyne two full years ago, long before she was ever (officially) signed by Marvel Studios.

Stephanie Szostak Iron Man 3 Trailer Rumor Patrol: Iron Man 3 To Introduce The Wasp?

Szostak was one of the top-billed cast members from the official Iron Man 3 synopsis which leads us to believe she may have a larger role than we first thought and she even appears briefly in the trailer for a split second, throwing Stark up against a wall (image above).

Starring Robert Downey Jr., Gwyneth Paltrow, Don Cheadle, Guy Pearce, Rebecca Hall, Stephanie Szostak, James Badge Dale with Jon Favreau and Ben Kingsley, “Iron Man 3″ is directed by Shane Black from a screenplay by Drew Pearce and Shane Black and is based on Marvel’s iconic Super Hero Iron Man, who first appeared on the pages of “Tales of Suspense” (#39) in 1963 and had his solo comic book debut with “The Invincible Iron Man” (#1) in May of 1968.

Another Stan Lee-Jack Kirby creation of the ’60s, Janet van Dyne (Wasp) has always been connected to Hank Pym (Ant-Man), first as partners, later as lovers. Wasp acquired the ability to shrink in size, fly and fire energy blasts through Pym’s research. Although if van Dyne is to be introduced in Iron Man 3, we don’t expect the origin of her abilities to appear until later in Phase Two.

It’s no surprise that a lot of foundation will be laid in this movie for the upcoming slate of films, including A.I.M. (Advanced Idea Mechanics) which we’ve seen in set photos and at Comic-Con, worn on the Iron Man 3 shirts of Marvel employees. I mention that specifically since Wardell mentioned last month that A.I.M. is going to factor into Ant-Man so that may serve as the connecting thread.

Ant Man Wasp Movie Tease Rumor Patrol: Iron Man 3 To Introduce The Wasp?

Such an introduction may coincide with earlier rumors that Ant-Man may show up in the post-credits sequence. On that note, Wardell previously tweeted that like The AvengersIron Man 3 may hit theaters with both a mid-credits scene and a post-credits one.

Much of what we hear is rumor or speculation and the character Szostak is playing could be someone else entirely. Another theory is that she could play some incarnation of Whitney Frost (Madame Masque) from the comics who was at one point Stark’s secretary (see the running gag potential?) with a secret identity. She has ties to Stark Industries, S.H.I.E.L.D. and was a one-time love interest of Stark.

Is Stephanie Szostak a good pick for Wasp?

Iron Man 3 releases May 3, 2013, Thor: The Dark World on November 8, 2013, Captain America: The Winter Soldier on April 4, 2014, Guardians of the Galaxy on August 1, 2014The Avengers 2 on May 1, 2015 and Ant-Man on November 6, 2015.


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Source: NY Daily News, ComicBook

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  1. This Stephanie girl sure does look like Janet Pym

  2. I will repeat this question down here, especially @ Rob Keyes. I thought all of Marvels major players were signed on for nine movie deals?

    • Simple answer. No, they were not.

    • Hi happyman,

      Nope, only Sam L signed for that long.

      RDJ’s contract ends with Iron Man 3, Chris Evans and Sebastian Stan of 6-picture deals each.

  3. I think she`s perfect and gorgeous for that role

  4. Well, she is kinda cutesy and Waspy! Why not? But I also want to see Quicksilver, Scarlet Witch, and Goliath (Hank Pym) in the near future!

    • actually, Goliath is Hank Pym(Ant Man)’s buddy Bill Foster

      • No. Still wrong again. Goliath was first Hank Pym, then for a while it was actually Clint Barton (Hawkeye), THEN it was Bill Foster for a pretty decent span of time untill an evil Thor clone killed him (complicated), and now most recently it is Bill Foster’s nephew Tom Foster. So Hank Pym, Bill Foster, and even Hawkeye are acceptable answers for which character could be Goliath.

        • Goliath was first Hank Pym (after he got done being Giant Man–not sure why he changed his name), and in the incarnation of the blue and yellow suit he was great. At that time fellow Avengers members were generally Captain America, Scarlet Witch, Wasp, Quicksilver, and Hawkeye (and briefly, Black Widow). For some reason after awhile, Clint Barton (Hawkeye) took over the moniker and grew. I am not familiar with the Fosters, must have missed that. I definitely preferred hank Pym as Goliath, however.

          • ok, I actualy did a little looking around in the source material, and here is the reason for the name change: Pym permantly got the ability to grow, and it was after a year or two of absence from the avengers, and hawkeye had joined the team and said he was like a golaith, pym liked the name so he decided to go by it, as he also had a new costume. thus Pym is Ant-man, Giant-man(can happen at the same time as antman, so it is a dual identity), Goliath, and Yellow jacket(and one more I think)

            • In the order, from older to newer identities:

              Ant-Man, Giant-Man, Goliath, Yellowjacket, back to Giant-Man (with some Yellowjacket from time to time, depending on how the authors felt, and how well they did their research…) then he took on the Wasp identity for a while, aaaaaand back to Giant-Man.

              Personally, I hope he stays Giant-Man from now on. I like him better in that identity, and he seems more stable, confident and competent that way.

  5. i whould like to see hercules make guest appearance in next avengers film,or rival team of villains ex crimson dynamo,the leader,foes of iron man,hulk,

      • Yes, she does look like the character a lot, even the recent animated version. About cancer, you might want to search about the Sour Sop or the fruit from the graviola tree is a natural cancer cell killer 10,000 times stronger than chemo.

  6. eh? The Rock playing Hercules? He doesn’t even look Greek or anything close! Stephanie is a shoe-in for the Wasp while Nathan Fillion will make a great Ant-Man/Yellow Jacket.

  7. I thought the wasp was Asian? why cant hollywood embrace a little diversity?

    • Janet Van Dyne is not asian at all. Another version of her, depicted in “The Ultimates” is of asian descent. But the “real” Wasp (the one from the 616 universe) is a white american girl. Sorry for the diversity ;-)

      • Thank you, someone else who has looked up the source material, this is something that annoys me a bit, I do understand the need for some diversity however that is not a reason to seriously change a major character, unless you are going in an extremely different direction(which ultimates was, dont take me wrong), however the original fits much better in this univerese, and is preferred by us fans (just like we prefer classic over ultimate hank pym, and pym over Lang, however I am up to the introduction of Lang however it would be good for an ant-man 2, so pym can take up the identity of YellowJacket, which would be much better.

  8. She’s got that nice “girl-next-door” look I really appreciate. She’s as cute as button. I think she’d be perfect.

  9. She’ll be the first one to comment on everyone’s costumes; Cap first. lol!

  10. She looks like a great choice for Wasp, I have a feeling though she will end up being Whitney Frost/ Madame Masque though.

  11. Shes really cute,…sadly as much as she looks like Wasp all I can picture is the ending to secret invasion

    • Ok… so the fans are supposed to go wild at this news because…??

      Everybody would have been excited if she had been the Wasp…

      This character, Bethany Cabe… had to look her up on Google. Never heard of her, but I’m not that much into the Iron Man comics.

      Don’t see why fans would “go crazy”. Whatever, I guess… *yawn*

    • Sure about that? The link says otherwise.

  12. if she is wasp, i won’t mind, but i just don’t think marvel would cast a practically unknown actor for this role. regarding Thor, they need someone with a particular PHYSICAL characteristic set AND who can also act really well and got that extra oomph factor, since he’d be carrying a solo movie. with Wasp, she’s more like scarjo’s BW and renner’s hawkeye, so, i think marvel’d hire someone more well known, like evangeline lily or even monica baccarin (a whedon regular).

  13. I think this rumor will prove to be true. Given the story for Iron Man 3 is being adapted from the Extremis storyline from the comics, I thought maybe she was playing Maya Hansen, but that part’s being played by Rebecca Hall.

    This has to be Janet Pym. They’re probably setting up a history between Janet and Tony that will be a source of controversy with Hank Pym later on in phase 2.

    Maybe Hank will make a surprise appearance setting up Ant-Man’s 2015 release?

  14. Its not Janet Pym. If you go to imdb look up her character in Iron Man 3, the connect the character to the comics you will know who it is and who she will be introducing.

    • Man-Thing’s disfigured psychotic ex-wife?! Damn, I thought she would’ve been perfect as the Wasp. I hope they’ll skip the disfigured part, as it would be a shame to ruin such a cutie.

  15. SPOLIER ALERT: They ruined both the Mandarin character and left AIM looking like it was disbanded towards the end of the movie with the death of almost ever AIM member to appear in the movie. If that’s the case, which is so wrong on all levels, where do they expect The Mighty MODOK to come from? Or their countless attempts to recreate the Ironman suit? There needs to be a revival of AIM!

    Also, What the HELL IS UP WITH THE MANDARIN? A drug attled, wimpy actor who was pretending to be a war lord? WTF? What happened? Did they let Stephen Myers write that section of the movie script after a case of wine coolers? Where’s the background story about the long line of chinese war loads who posessed magic rings that gave them supernatural powers? Did you have to crap all over that? Was it fun to ruin a perfectly good story line? Have you not seen how poorly other movies flopped when they strayed from the story line?


      • The Iron Man saga is more grounded in reality than the comics since the first movie and that’s exactly what Shane Black did with the Mandarin. I had more trouble with him not being of chinese ascendancy than the rings not being magical. Like it or not, the fact is that movie-Mandarin is still Iron Man’s most dangerous foe. Personally, I’ve always frowned at magical and supernatural stuff in superhero comics. I never enjoyed Dr. Strange or Morbius and always found the Mandarin somewhat ridiculous. I like fantasy but not when mixed with superheroics and I think it would’ve been a mistake to introduce magic in such a technological, realistic world.

        • By the way, Marvel doesn’t make films in-house so that they be closer to the source material, but to retain creative control, which is a different thing.

        • dude, but Doc Strange is the sh*t! remember without the magic and supernatuarl forces, there’s no thor, loki, so the chetari never would’ve invaded NYC. I see what you mean about the movies being “real” and suits and serums are more realistic than rings and powers. Even if they just had him find the rings though, it would’ve been better suited. I guess the movieverse is for people who aren’t fans of the comics though :/ damn shame there’s no best of both worlds, a happy medium of sorts.

          • …Except that in the MCU, Asgardian “magic” is explained as highly advanced technology. Also, the multiple planes of existence can be viewed as the scientific concept of dimensional realities. I seem to remember the Chitauri come to Earth through a wormhole, which is a scientific theory and not some magical mumbo-jumbo.

            To be successful, movies need to attract a much wider audience than the hardcore fan base, hence they need to keep some level of believability. Should any superhero comic be translated “as is” to the big screen, it would be viewed by many as pure nonsense and probably wouldn’t be able to make nearly enough money. The comics fans should bear in mind that changes are necessary in order to have A-list superhero blockbusters, otherwise superheroes on screen would get nothing more than cheap, cheesy B movies.

            • I just read a couple sections of the original (1960s) comics where the Mandarin’s origins were revealed, and the rings were alien technology. Given the Avengers movie with the Chitauri, that’s an explanation that would have flown with audiences.

              However, not having known any of that when I saw the movie, I didn’t mind it. I think they mainly did it so that there would be just the one main villain, and also as a bit of a plot twist.

              • Yeah, I’ve never read the origin story (which issue is it BTW?) but I’ve heard that some time ago. The thing is, if I recall the classic comics correctly (I’m not well-versed in later comics), he doesn’t admit the rings’ hi-tech origin and deceives everyone by making his powers pass for magic.

  16. Sorry……By now everyone who has seen IronMan3 knows that Stephanie Szostak does not play janet Van Dyne/the wasp…She has a small role, playing one of the main villian’s super powered flunkies.

  17. You know…I went in to the movie remembering this article…and still thinking the Wasp would should up. Then the moment came where Stark bumps in to her on the street…and at that point…it seemed like a very random shot…because she then walks away and I thought…that’s kinda how Marvel play these cameo roles. Anywayz…I thought to myself…that’s the effing Wasp. I leaned over to my 10 year old…and overly excitedly proclaimed…that’s the Wasp…like I was his 4 year old brother! What transpired in the next 7 minutes of the movie…made me come back here to say…f**k you man…f**k you for building up my hopes!!!! ;o)

    • That’ll teach you to take what was nothing more than a rumor (and was presented as such in the title) a little too seriously! Also, you should’ve read the comments: we’ve known for a while now that her character wasn’t the Wasp…

      • I actually try and stay away from stories like this (and accompanying comments) for a reason. In any case, thought she’d make a good Wasp…and once a good idea is put in to your head…it’s disappointing when it doesn’t materialise.

        • Yeah, I thought that too and was disappointed for 10 seconds when I learned she landed a different role, but I knew better than to blindly trust a rumor.

  18. In hind sight of this movie, well all this was a bunch of hearsay now wasn’t it. She turned out to be a nobody character. Fantastic.

    • Well, a rumor is by definition hearsay and rarely has any actual basis. She’s not quite a nobody though: Ellen Brandt is one of the only five Extremis soldiers. In the comics, she’s Man-Thing’s disfigured ex-wife, responsible for his transformation and a somewhat important AIM operative for a time, before becoming her ex-husband’s guide to help him fulfill his destiny.

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