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Could The Wasp Be in Iron Man 3?

Over at ScreenRant there’s some interesting speculation as to whether the Wasp, one of the original members of The Avengers in the comics, might pop up in Iron Man 3. The idea is that actress Stephanie Szostak, who was added to the cast back in July and can briefly be seen in the trailer (she’s the one pushing Tony Stark against a wall at 1:07) might be playing the superhero, real name Janet van Dyne. No Marvel official has even hinted that this might be the case, but ScreenRants has assembled (ba-doom-ch) some evidence that looks pretty compelling. Let’s break it down.

First: Szostak is one of the top-billed cast members, which indicates that her character is going to have a larger role than the absolute lack of information Marvel has released about her so far would indicate.

Second: The mysterious Roger Wardell tweeted that “When Stephanie Szostak’s role is for Iron Man 3 is announced, fans will go crazy.” Wardell has made a habit of tweeting “Insider News” related to the Marvel films, and while he’s not that credible a source ScreenRant notes that he tweeted about the Falcon being in Captain America: The Winter Soldier before it became official. A tipster at has also claimed that Szostak is playing the Wasp.

Third: Marvel’s given us a lot of information about Iron Man 3 so far, from tons of new armor designs to hints about the final battle. They’ve got to have an ace or two up their sleeve as far as surprising fans is concerned. ‘Tis the Marvel way.

Four: It’s already been rumored that Ant Man, a.k.a Hank Pym, will make an appearance in the Iron Man 3 post-credits sequence. Since Ant Man is the Wasp’s partner and, later, husband, introducing them both in Iron Man 3 would make sense.

While I think we can assume Szostak is—surprise!—playing someone already known to Marvel fans, it isn’t clear that it’s the Wasp (or, more likely, pre-superpowers Janet van Dyne). ScreenRants speculates that she might be Whitney Frost, a.k.a. Madame Masque, instead. But I like the the Wasp idea. With van Dyne being one of the original Avengers—fun fact, she also appeared in early drafts of the Avengers script—her being in Iron Man 3 would be a good way to tie together that film with the last in the Marvel Cinematic Universe’s Phase Two, The Avengers 2, not to mention 2015′s Ant Man.

What do you think? Does this sound legit? Do you want Szostak to be playing the Wasp? Or would you rather she were someone different? Sound off, please.

(via: ScreenRant)

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  • Captain ZADL

    I do hope it’s the Wasp, if only to add to the romantic tension that Tony has lost now that he’s clearly with Pepper. No, I don’t want Tony to cheat on Pepper, but I’d like there to be a little of the rogue back. Also it gives a bit of tension for Janet and Hank as well, so it’s a good fit all around.

  • you guys

    Ehhh…. If that’s your thing, I guess it’s alright.

  • Elisabeth

    I’d love for it to be her, both because Janet is rad and because it does make sense as a bridge to Ant-Man. Does that mean it’s true? No idea.

  • Steven Ray Morris

    men can be plenty rogueish without having to play games with women.

  • Anonymous

    I’d love to see it….Janet is pretty awesome too….especially since they are making the Ant-Man movie. But, I’d still rather Scarlet Witch in a movie

  • Jimi LaLumia

    Thank God that they’re FINALLT bringing founding Avengers Ant-Man and The Wasp into the Marvel Universe…as many know (including those who read my expanded letter/feature in ENTERTAINMENT WEEKLY, this has been a cause celebre of mine for YEARS!

  • Anonymous

    I was really hoping they’d go the Ultimate route and make her Asian. But still either way another lady hero is good news.

  • Anonymous

    I love Jan and would love to see her on screen, but how much are they planning on putting into this movie? Is it going to be a movie or a miniseries?

  • Mandy

    I sure hope so!! I don’t know the actress but I’d love to see the Wasp onscreen. I have such a soft spot for Jan and think she would add a lovely little bright spot to the more cynical feel of the movieverse.

  • Anonymous

    Having someone play Jan at all is better than nothing, but I was hoping they would use the opportunity to rectify their extreme lack of WOC with her since it’s one of the best shots we had.

  • Anonymous

    @simplyshinyif i understand correctly, Scarlet Witch is, “official”, part of the X-Men franchise, so… until Marvel manages to reacquire all the various rights to properties floating around, no chance. which is a shame – there are a LOT of characters who joined the Avengers at one point or another who are technically part of another “property”.
    that said – i’m holding out hope for Captain/Ms. Marvel – who WASN’T sold as part of the X-Men stuffs. at least, Captain Marvel done RIGHT! [since she's now stopped being "Ms." and become the Captain in her own right, i mean]

  • Paul Bonzulac

    Marvel have said that Scarlet Witch belongs to both the Avengers and X-Men stables, so she technically could be used in an Avengers movie. However, don’t hold your breath. My guess is that Hawkeye and Black Widow are out for Avengers 2, and Ant-Man and Wasp are in, along with Falcon from the Cap movie, and that will be the team. Having a Scarlet Witch divorced from her mutant origins would be pointless, anyway.

  • Joe Momma

    Marvel Movie ‘verse cynical!?! Maybe if your an immigrant from candyland…

  • awesome-49

    The Wasp would be a cool character to add to the Avengers and I would love to see it but, how does she fit in iron man 3 even the ant man movie she was the love interest for the first ant man Henry Pym but there using Steve Lang to play the present ant man doesn’t fit.

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  • Anonymous

    As long as they disavow that ham-fisted battered wife storyline from Ultimates. That thing nearly sprained my eyes from the rolling.

  • Anonymous

    I wonder if they will try to get some of the minor superheroes in crossovers for the new S.H.I.E.L.D. tv series.

  • spoonman2

    Please let this be true. Please let this be true.

  • Scott Redman

    Adding Wasp would be a good move — no slight to either Scarlett Johansson or Cobie Smulders but the Avengers could use a little more estrogen in the mix, and Joss Whedon is noted for his appreciation of “girl power”.

  • Hannele Kormano

    According to IMDB ( ) she’s playing Ellen Brandt ( ) – false?