Nadia van Dyne
Nadia van Dyne is a female comic superhero that features in Marvel Comics.
Nadia was a female human who was the daughter of Hank Pym and Maria Trovaya. (All-New, All-Different Avengers v1 #9)
She had no memories of her birth mother and instead she grew up in the Red Room where one of her instructors unknown to her was the Winter Soldier. Whilst at the Red Room in Russia, she was trained from a young age to fight but upon showing an aptitude for science her handlers decided to encouraged her on that track of study considering her heritage. During this time, she came to study all her fathers research leading to her eventually disassembling and them reassembling a black market Pym Particle. After unlocking this ability to shrink, she plotted her escape as she wanted to find and meet her actual father. (All-New, All-Different Avengers v1 #9) She then travelled to the United States and went to the Pym residence in order to introduce herself to her father. Whilst there, she learnt on the news that Hank Pym had died leading to a saddened Nadia deciding to use his laboratory in order to honour his legacy by using the equipment there to become the new Wasp. Her first task was to help the Avengers when the Vision's systems were compromised with Nadia shrinking to fix his circuitry. (Free Comic Book Day v1 2016 Civil War II) The Avengers were not aware of her existence as she was studying the synthezoid. Her actions were registered as an attack by the Avengers whilst they were in their base at Avengers Hanger. This caused Nadia to return to normal size and she told them that she was not their enemy with her stating that she was the Wasp. An angry Edwin Jarvis arrived on the scene then where he called her an imposter and that the only true Wasp was Janet van Dyne. It was then that Nadia revealed her parentage with both Edwin Jarvis and Tony Stark accepting the possibility that she was indeed Hank Pym's daughter. Nadia as the Wasp was then vital in preventing the Vision from exploding due to an error in his systems. Afterwards, Jarvis had Nadia accompany him as he wanted to introduce her to the rest of her family and decided to care for her. (All-New, All-Different Avengers v1 #9)
With McCoy by her side, they went to an operations theatre where she looked to helping heal Jarvis. (Avengers v1 #676)
She later came to join the superhero team known as the Champions. (Champions v2 #19)
Nadia later received a transmission from Scott Lang who was with the Nova Corps after being with the Guardians of the Galaxy for a time. He requested her aid in bringing him home for his daughters birthday with Nadia constructing a device whereby he would ride the beam back to Earth. However, he missed the signal and became lost in the Microverse with Nadia in pursuit to save him. She arrived with both her and Scott witnessing the native lifeforms being consumed by a violent parasite with them working together to stop it. They managed to stop the creature but it unleashed a blast that left Nadia blinded. (Ant-Man and the Wasp v1 #1)
Personality and attributes
Initially, she was only known as Nadia and had no last name given to her by the Red Room. (All-New, All-Different Avengers v1 #9) Upon honouring her fathers legacy, she decided to adopt a superhero identity that she had longed to become namely the Wasp (Russian: Oca). (Free Comic Book Day v1 2016 Civil War II)
Nadia said that she had learnt English from a television show called Downton Abbey. (Ant-Man and the Wasp v1 #2)
Her sense of self-worth was tied to her being the smartest one. (Ant-Man and the Wasp v1 #5) She had never known her parents but felt that her life was good as long as she had her intelligence and could use science to solve her problems. She was said to had never taken the test to see what was her ranking among the smartest people in the world as she felt that it did not matter but it was what she did with her intelligence that made the difference. (Unstoppable Wasp v2 #5)
Nadia had longed to meet her father and upon learning of him made her way across the world in order to introduce herself to him. She believed he would have allowed he to call him Henry and would have been proud of her for being resourceful, clever and worthy of the adoration she showed him. (Free Comic Book Day v1 2016 Civil War II) She was also nervous about being introduced to Janet van Dyne and considered herself a step-daughter to her. Nadia also came to believe that the Vision was part of her family and risked her life to save him. (All-New, All-Different Avengers v1 #9) She said that Edwin Jarvis was like a father to her and that she would rather die than let him perish. (Avengers v1 #676)
Similar to her father, she suffered form bipolar disorder that caused extreme mood swings. (Unstoppable Wasp v2 #5)
Powers and abilities
She was noted for having an aptitude towards science with some believing this was a genetic trait that she developed from her parentage. (All-New, All-Different Avengers v1 #9)
Through prolonged exposure to Pym Particles, the substance was within her blood allowing her to change size at will. (Unstoppable Wasp v2 #5)
At her fathers laboratory, she used a variety of items in order to create her Wasp suit. (Free Comic Book Day v1 2016 Civil War II) From her suit, she could deploy small drones that resembled wasps with each possessing different abilities. (Unstoppable Wasp v2 #1)
She constructed a small mobile lab that resembled a pink crystal on a necklace which she was able to enter by shrinking in size. Within the confines of the laboratory, time moved slower with entire days going inside when only hours had passed in the real world. This allowed Nadia to conduct much research in a short span of time due to the time difference. (Unstoppable Wasp v2 #4)
- Nadia was created by Mark Waid and Alan Davis where she made her first appearance in Free Comic Book Day v1 2016 Civil War II (July, 2016).
- In Russian, the name Nadia translated to mean "Hope".
- In MC2, the daughter of Hank Pym was known as Hope Pym who existed in the reality known as Earth-982.
- Free Comic Book Day Vol 2016 Civil War II: (2016)
- All-New, All-Different Avengers v1:
- Unstoppable Wasp v1:
- Champions v2:
- Ant-Man and the Wasp v1:
- Unstoppable Wasp v2: