COMIC CONNECTIONS: Who Is 'Hope Van Dyne'?

During Marvel Studios' Hall H panel, It was revealed that 'Lost' actress Evangeline Lilly would play the newly created, Hope Van Dyne (daughter of Hank Pym) in 2015's 'Ant-Man'. Well, it turns out that she is NOT an original character, and has roots in the comics! Click the jump to find out her connection to Marvel's favorite, bug themed couple.





First appearing in Marvel's MC2 Universe, villainess Hope Pym is the daughter of the deceased Hank Pym and Janet Van Dyne, and twin sister to Henry Pym, Jr (also know as Big Man).

Known as "The Red Queen", she is best known for founding "The Revengers", and attempting to assassinate The Avengers, and Cassandra Lang (daughter of Scott) whom she, obsessively, believed was a mockery to parent's memory, as well as the "Ant-Man"/"Wasp" mantle.

Her abilities are same as her mother's (Flight, Bio-Electric "stings") minus size manipulation, and is the result of bio-implantation, based on her father's work.


Outside of her MC2 comics appearances, Hope Pym/Van Dyne hasn't appeared elsewhere in the wider Marvel Universe. Which, is why most fans have probably never heard of her.

That said, she serves as an interesting, if not convenient, solution to the problem posed by having an older Hank Pym (played by Michael Douglas), who is (of course) known for his marriage to Janet Van Dyne.

By utilizing the 'Hope' character (in a non-villain capacity), Marvel Studios' now has the ability to portray Hank Pym and Janet Van Dyne TOGETHER as Ant-Man and The Wasp, but still have A wasp in the modern day setting, alongside Pym protege, Scott Lang (played by Paul Rudd).





So, what do you think about this? Are you okay with Marvel's alternative take on the Ant-Man mythos? Or, would you have rather had a traditional take on the story, and, more specifically, The Wasp? Comment with your answer below.


 
Armed with the astonishing ability to shrink in scale but increase in strength, con-man Scott Lang must embrace his inner-hero and help his mentor, Dr. Hank Pym, protect the secret behind his spectacular Ant-Man suit from a new generation of towering threats. Against seemingly insurmountable obstacles, Pym and Lang must plan and pull off a heist that will save the world.

Directed by Peyton Reed, Ant-Man stars Paul Rudd, Michael Douglas, Corey Stoll, Evangeline Lilly, David Dastmalchian, Michael Pena, and Patrick Wilson, and is set for release on July 17, 2015.

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