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Nadia van Dyne is a fictional character appearing in American comic books published by Marvel Comics. Created by Mark Waid and Alan Davis, the character first appeared in Free Comic Book Day 2016 Civil War II (July 2016).

Nadia van Dyne
Unstopable Wasp 1 variant.jpg
Publication information
PublisherMarvel Comics
First appearanceFree Comic Book Day 2016 Civil War II (July, 2016)
Created byMark Waid (writer)
Alan Davis (artist)
In-story information
Alter egoNadia van Dyne
SpeciesHuman Mutate
Team affiliationsAvengers
All-New, All-Different Avengers
PartnershipsWasp (Janet van Dyne)
Notable aliasesThe Wasp
Nadia Pym
  • Size manipulation
  • Flight
  • Bio-electric energy blasts
  • Telepathic insect control

Publication historyEdit

Nadia van Dyne briefly had her own comic, The Unstoppable Wasp, but it was cancelled after eight issues. A second series with the same title debuted in October 2018. This second series was, in turn, cancelled after ten issues.[1]

Fictional character biographyEdit

Nadia is the child of Hank Pym and his first wife, Maria Trovaya, who was abducted and supposedly killed by foreign agents. Nadia was raised in the Red Room until she obtained a Pym Particle sample and escaped.[2] Initially intending to meet her father, Nadia learns that he is more or less dead, and instead uses parts of his costume and other materials to create a Wasp suit,[3] hoping to obtain the admiration of her father's allies.[2] She later meets Janet van Dyne, and they get along quite well, with Janet feeling that she has the potential to become a true hero.[4][5]

Nadia soon joins the Avengers and gains U.S. citizenship. Upon realizing that S.H.I.E.L.D.'s index of the world's most intelligent people doesn't list any women above 27th place, she starts the program G.I.R.L. (Genius In action Research Labs) to look for women with genius intellects.[6] When choosing a legal name, Nadia takes the surname 'van Dyne', as she does not know much about her birth parents and Janet has believed in and supported her.[7]

At one point she aids Scott Lang - who is in outer space at that time - in an attempt to return to Earth, which results in a sequence of bizarre adventures in the microverse. However, in the process, the two of them became quantum-entangled with each other.[8]

In issue 4 of the second series, it's revealed that Nadia has Bipolar Disorder.[9]

Powers and abilitiesEdit

Nadia uses Pym particles to alter her size at will. She has the ability to shrink down to sub atomic size and uses wasp like wings to fly at a tiny size. She also possess Pym Particles in her gauntlets that allow her to change the size of people and objects. Nadia is also able to grow in size much like her father and adopted mother, however it is yet known what the limit of this ability is yet.

Collected editionsEdit

Title Material collected Publication date ISBN
The Unstoppable Wasp Vol. 1: Unstoppable! The Unstoppable Wasp #1–4 and All-New, All-Different Avengers #14 September 12, 2017 978-1302906467
The Unstoppable Wasp Vol. 2: Agents of G.I.R.L. The Unstoppable Wasp #5-8 and Tales to Astonish #44 March 13, 2018 978-1302906474
The Unstoppable Wasp: G.I.R.L. Power The Unstoppable Wasp #1-8 April 02, 2019 978-1302916565
The Unstoppable Wasp: Unlimited Vol. 1: Fix Everything The Unstoppable Wasp (vol. 2) #1-5 May 07, 2019 978-1302914264


  1. ^
  2. ^ a b All-New, All-Different Avengers #9
  3. ^ Free Comic Book Day Avengers 2016
  4. ^ All-New, All-Different Avengers #12
  5. ^ All-New, All-Different Avengers #14
  6. ^ The Unstoppable Wasp #1-2
  7. ^ The Unstoppable Wasp #8
  8. ^ Ant-Man and the Wasp #1-5 (June-August 2018)
  9. ^

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