Comics To Read After Watching Ant Man And The Wasp: Quantumania

Quantumania has been out for nearly a week, so I think it’s time to suggest some comics to read after seeing the film!

Hank and Janet:

Avengers Origins: Ant Man And The Wasp by Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa

The scientist’s name is Hank Pym. The socialite’s is Janet Van Dyne. Both are haunted by personal tragedy and the burning need to…avenge! It’s insect love, Marvel-style, as we revisit the unlikely origin (and courtship) of the astonishing Ant-Man and the winsome Wasp!

I’m not going to lie – the original Ant Man and Wasp stories, and their relationship as a whole, is pretty damn sexist and incredibly toxic, so I’m skipping past that to a more modern take on the couple.


Wasp by Al Ewing

Fashion designer, businesswoman, founding Avenger – Janet Van Dyne has worn many hats over the course of her super heroic career. But when an old enemy threatens Janet and her fellow Wasp, Nadia, seemingly against his will, the Van Dynes will have to confront the ghosts in their shared history to get to the bottom of the mystery.

Janet Van Dyne is only getting her first-ever solo series this year, so now is the time to read it!


Unstoppable Wasp by Jeremy Whitley

Nadia spent the entire first half of her life a captive of the Red Room, but now this teenage super scientist is spreading her wings! Hank Pym’s daughter has a lot of time to make up for, and she’s determined to change the world. With Jarvis at her side, she’s on a mission to bring together the brightest girl geniuses of the Marvel Universe – starting with Lunella Lafayette, the miraculous Moon Girl! But Nadia didn’t count on evil scientists, man-eating giant rats or Devil Dinosaur – or the lethal lady wrestlers known as the Grapplers! And even as Nadia’s recruiting drive continues, the Red Room is on her trail – and they’ll pull out all the stops to get her back! Can the geniuses of G.I.R.L. find a way to save Nadia from being dragged back to the bunker?

Don’t worry, you didn’t miss a character introduction in Quantumania – I’m adding Nadia because Hope Van Dyne doesn’t exist in the comics! Nadia is the closest there is, in the sense that she goes by the hero name Wasp, and she is the daughter of Hank Pym.

Scott and Cassie:

Ant Man: Second Chance Man by Nick Spencer

Scott Lang has never exactly been the world’s best super hero. Heck, most people don’t even think he’s been the best Ant-Man! And the last guy invented Ultron and joined the Masters of Evil, so that’s saying something. But when Iron Man calls with a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity, Scott’s going to get a second chance to be the hero he’s always dreamed of becoming! Then, Scott faces off against his old foe the Taskmaster, but who is the mystery villain pulling the strings? And when Ant-Man needs to pull off an impossible break-in, he assembles a new gang…of criminals! Because that’s what heroes do, I guess. Sure, he’s been to prison, had a messy divorce and was…um, dead for a while there. But this time is different! This time nothing is gonna stop the astonishing Ant-Man!

Second Chance Man and the following series mirrors the MCU version, in the sense that we’re dealing with a Scott trying to do what’s best for his daughter Cassie, get a job, and be Ant Man all at the same time. If you enjoyed Scott and Cassie’s relationship across all three Ant Man films, you’ll really enjoy this run.


M.O.D.O.K. Head Games by Patton Oswald

A journey into the mind of one of the biggest heads in the Marvel Universe! M.O.D.O.K. is the ruthless and brilliant leader of the terrorist organization A.I.M., outsmarting heroes and outmaneuvering cutthroat colleagues gunning for his position. But haunting memories of a family he never had leave him unsure whether he’s losing his freakishly large mind or if there’s something more sinister behind these visions. M.O.D.O.K.’s quest to uncover the truth will find him teaming up with the most unlikely of allies: Iron Man! But can M.O.D.O.K. untangle the mystery before his many foes take advantage of his weakness — for good?

M.O.D.O.K. is another one who hasn’t really had any solo runs throughout his Marvel history, but if you want a ridiculous story about this killing machine, which delves a little into his origin, then Head Games is a pretty good thing to read.

Kang The Conqueror.

Avengers #292 by Walter Simonson

Namor defends the monster Marrina has become from the Avengers. The Avengers withdraw but decide that despite their feelings the Leviathan must be stopped. Namor tries to reason with the Leviathan, but it ignores him and lays waste to an entire naval squadron. Dr. Druid is now haunted in his daydreams by this mysterious woman.

The Council Of Kang’s is a must-read after that post-credit scene, as we see a council of Kang’s teaming up together! And, to make things even better, one of the panels is directly referenced in the scene in the film!

And that’s all my recommendations for now, obviously, there are more in each blog post linked throughout this one, but if you want any more, please do let me know and I’ll get right on it!

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