Scott Lang and Nadia Pym are teaming up for a new comic book miniseries that will release just in time for the upcoming film, Ant-Man and the Wasp. Though the superhero duo of Ant-Man and the Wasp is a big name in comic books, this is the first time these particular versions of the characters have worked together.
Multiple characters have taken the names of Ant-Man and the Wasp, beginning with Hank Pym and Janet Van Dyne. Though the two are the most well-known heroes to use the costumed identities, the Marvel Cinematic Universe took a different approach by shining a light on the second Ant-Man, Scott Lang (Paul Rudd). The film also introduced us to Pym's daughter, Hope (Evangeline Lilly) who will become the Wasp in the sequel. As the MCU's first romantic comedy, Ant-Man and the Wasp will likely see Scott and Hope venture into the Quantum Realm to rescue the original Wasp (Michelle Pfeiffer).
Marvel Comics has announced Ant-Man and the Wasp, a six-issue limited series from Mark Waid, the writer behind Avengers: No Surrender. In the series, Ant-Man has shrunk down so small that he's now lost. He will need to be rescued by the current incarnation of the Wasp, Nadia Pym. It should be noted that Nadia is not the MCU's Wasp. Nadia debuted in Marvel Comics a year after the release of Ant-Man and was revealed to be the daughter of Hank Pym and his first wife, Maria Travoya, who died prior to his first meeting with Janet.
Nadia is a scientific genius whose "tremendous sense of responsibility" will put her at odds with Ant-Man, who Waid describes as a "charismatic funny mess." Waid hopes that the interactions between the characters in the series will define the Ant-Man and Wasp relationship. The artist of the series, Javier Garron, says that the comic has a "classic screwball comedy flavor wrapped in a science fiction package."
The series will explore the Microverse, which is the comic book equivalent of the Quantum Realm introduced in Ant-Man. The Microverse debuted in 1979 when Marvel began publishing a comic book series about the Micronauts, based on the Hasbro toy line of the same name.
The Microverse is a rich world full of unique creatures, places, and characters. The only way for humans to access it is to shrink to the sub-atomic level. Marvel heroes such as the Fantastic Four and the Hulk have had their share of adventures in the Microverse. Waid says that he wants the new miniseries to establish "rules" for the Microverse, as writers continue to utilize it in future Marvel stories.
The first issue of the six-part limited series, Ant-Man and the Wasp, will release in June.