Is Olivia Munn Playing The Wasp in Iron Man 2?

Published 5 years ago by , Updated February 15th, 2014 at 4:29 pm,

There’s been a lot of speculation about who Olivia Munn will be playing in Iron Man 2 – and the actress hasn’t exactly been avoiding the chance to stoke fan curiosity.

Munn’s role in the film has shifted around quite a bit since she was originally cast: including reshoots in an entirely new role. However, a recent Forces of Geek source suggests that the actress has been cast as Janet Van Dyne, a founding member of the Avengers known as the Wasp.

If the speculation is true, it would mean that Munn will have a brief cameo in Iron Man 2 – in anticipation of a larger presence in the upcoming Avengers film.

It’s certainly not a stretch to imagine that sometime after Munn was originally cast in Iron Man 2, someone over at Marvel studios realized that, in the long run, it would be better to secure the actress in a featured role – not just a small cameo.

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Of course nothing is official, but it’s hard to deny the likelihood of Munn receiving a significant upgrade to her role in the Marvel universe – especially after the interview she did with Zimbo regarding the new role:

“I’m a huge geek, and to have anything more than a passing glance in Iron Man 2 is a dream come true. I don’t need anything big, just a chance to fulfill a little part of my nerd fantasy. If you made me pick, my first role had more improv and was a lot of fun, but for my second one I got to pick a Marvel Comics character. It’s pretty dope that from here on out, I’m that Marvel character.”

The wording “here on out” is an interesting choice – seemingly implying something a bit more significant than a regular female cameo.

Would Bryce Dallas Howard identify with Gwen Stacey in the same way? Probably not.

Traditionally, the Wasp has the ability shift her height from hundreds of feet tall down to mere centimeters in size (more often the latter) – at smaller proportions she also develops insect-like wings. The character also features the ability to unleash electrical bursts known as her “Stinger Blasts.”

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In the past, Wasp’s powers have been fueled by harnessing energy from an alternate dimension – and subsequently, the greater amount of energy she requires, the greater strain is placed on her body. Though, more modern versions of the character have revised the energy transfer portion of her powrs enabling the Wasp to self-generate the energy she requires for battle.

Certainly, Munn is no stranger to electrifying screens around the world – therefore, the rumor has to be true, right (we can hope)?

What do you think? Is Munn the Wasp? How do you feel about the inclusion of the character in the Marvel film franchises?

Sources: Zimbo, Forces of Geek

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  1. Maybe. I can see this happening. Now for Ant-Man I would pick someone along the lines Bradley Cooper or possibly McKaunahey (However you spell that).

  2. What I meant was may be people think that “She doesn't look like” the 616 version of Wasp but she DOES look like the Ultimates version, either way it wouldn't matter if she looks either one, she's got a got look and she's a fangirl. As long as she does a good job,I'm with it.

  3. sounds good!

  4. I don't think Munn fits the role.

  5. omg Juan youre quoting IMDB as your source. The same website that had Doctor Strange in production for 2011 with Gulleirmo Del Toro to direct and Neil Gaiman scripting (would pay to see this actually). Or Holly Marie Combs signed for A Game Of Thrones (which I mention because I got suckered on this one). IMDB is accessible to anyone with a PRO account. Is why Will Smith's name kept getting reattached to Captain America even after he unattached himself. Point is that site can be manipulated by studios to throw people off on casting decisions.

    Shout out to Screen Rant, any news on A Game Of Thrones?

  6. I was never that big of a fan of Wasp, or of her old man, Hank Pym. That being said…I think if Marvel tries to cram too many potential characters into Iron Man 2, they're going to detract from the film itself.

  7. I think they should let her be a mutant, like in the Ultimates. But I guess that would cause trouble with Fox…

  8. If she´s really Jessica Drew, I bet they won´t mention the name Spider-Woman. Otherwise I guess, they´ll be in trouble with Sony…
    But I´d prefer her to be the Wasp.

  9. You're both gay.

  10. For Ewan McGregor, yes.

  11. The only upside to Munn playing the role of Janet Van Dyne would be the slap to the face she deserves from good ol' Hank Pym.

  12. What I meant was may be people think that “She doesn’t look like” the 616 version of Wasp but she DOES look like the Ultimates version, either way it wouldn’t matter if she looks either one, she’s got a got look and she’s a fangirl. As long as she does a good job,I’m with it.