As I said in this journal two days ago, Marvel Studios head Kevin Feige has confirmed that Janet Van Dyne will be in action as the Wasp in the July 17 Ant-Man movie, according to Comic Book Resources. Now some new information had emerged that makes me even less positive about it than I was before, if that's possible.
Something happens to Jan that causes Hank to retire as Ant-Man and be considered a widower, as well as a years-long rift between him and "Hope," the daughter in the film.
Feige said revealing more about Jan's involvement would be releasing spoilers. And his actual words quoted in the article only refer to Jan in action, not specifically in action as the Wasp. It's unclear if he actually said she was in Wasp action or if that's an assumption by CBR because it knows how Wasp fans feel about this film.
What has now emerged is that the "action" in this movie consists of a nameless actress in goggles who is playing Jan and who is the subject of whatever the disaster is, and that she's still dead at the end of the movie.
Apparently, Jan's survival, if she survives, ties into the next "phase" of the Marvel cinematic universe and its exploration of the "quantum realms" in other words, microverses. But any revelation about her final fate is reportedly years away.
As I've said before, leaving Jan dead would be a different kind of spoiler. It would spoil the movie for me. I'm already avoiding the Marvel Cinematic Universe. This is its last chance to get me into a theater. I'm not waiting years for a character called the Heart of the Avengers, for a woman who could keep up with the men and crack wise with the best of them, to be added.
Apparently, from early concept art, Jan was planned for the first Avengers film, but was dropped because of Edgar Wright's plans for the character. Wright was more recently dropped because his vision for the movie didn't jibe with the rest of the Marvel movie-verse.
Hope as the new (and possibly only, in the movie-verse) Wasp isn't good enough. Waiting years for Janet Van Dyne isn't good enough. Marvel/Disney has royally messed this up, and nothing short of the character's quick return will fix it.
It's already apparent from the Marvel films' handling of women that they have little respect for female characters when even fans are saying the upcoming Captain Marvel movie is too little, too late. With every film she should be in and misses, Janet Van Dyne's absence underscores that.