One of the big hooks of this summer’s Ant-Man and the Wasp was the introduction of Janet Van Dyne into the MCU. As one of the founding members of the Avengers in the comics, fans are interested to see what else Michelle Pfeiffer’s character has to bring to the franchise in future movies. Unfortunately, though, things don’t look too good for her at present.
After escaping the Quantum Realm after 30 years and finally being reunited with her family, Janet was turned to dust along with her husband and daughter when Thanos wiped out half the universe (as seen in Ant-Man 2‘s post-credits scene). While speaking with CBR, though, director Peyton Reed assured fans that there’s more to come from her
When asked to elaborate on what Janet went through during her time stuck in the Quantum Realm, Reed explained that he had lots of discussions about how much of her experiences should be established in the sequel and how much should be left to films later down the line.
We had so many discussions as we were first formulating the story. It was the big question in the movie: is Janet still alive down there after 30 years? Who is she now? How’s she been affected by the environment? It was the one thing that we really sort of had to formulate, what was going to happen to her, what it was going to lead to next, and how much of that we reveal in this movie.”
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That was all he could say for now, though, as Reed joked that Marvel are always watching. Just look at how the Russos “fired” Mark Ruffalo for his slip up on The Tonight Show.
“I can say that it was certainly one of the things that we talked about. If I say or reveal anything more about Janet, there’s going to be a Marvel sniper that’s going to shoot me in the neck with a tranquilizer.”
The main thing to take away from Reed’s comments, then, is that there’s definitely more to come from Janet in the MCU. That either means we can take it as red that an Ant-Man 3 is happening or that there are plans for Janet to transfer over to another sub-franchise or appear in future Avengers movies. After all, it seems like she’ll at least make a cameo in next year’s Avengers 4.