In an interview with Entertainment Weekly, Michael Douglas explains why there is no Janet Van Dyne in the MCU and how he and Paul Rudd's Scott Lang come to team-up.
EW has been killing it with their coverage of the Marvel Cinematic Universe lately and had a chance to interview the entire cast of Ant-Man and director Peyton Reed. They began by asking Michael Douglas, who'll play Dr. Henry Pym in the film, to explain his character and the relationship between his character and Scott Lang, played by Paul Rudd:
My name is Dr. Henry Pym. I’m an entomologist. I’m also a physicist and I discovered in 1963, a way, a serum to reduce a human being to the size of ant maintaining the strength. Not only that, but I was able to find a way to communicate with the ants. But unfortunately during this process, a tragic personal accident happened with my wife, my daughter, Evangeline, Hope. So I’ve had to pass my powers and strengths onto a mentor. Because my partner, my partner, Corey over there, f–ked me good.While that's a little confusing, it certainly sounds as though Pym's wife, Janet Van Dyne, aka The Wasp, passed on and no longer exists in the MCU. It also sounds like it's possible that Evangeline Lilly's character, Hope Pym, may have been a part of the accident and may have some powers of her own?
EW went on to ask Paul Rudd for a description of the motives of Lang, a character known for being a thief before becoming a hero:
It’s a great question. One that’s been hotly debated for a while. There are levels. There are some pretty bad thieves and there’s some really good thieves, let’s be honest. There’s people who do it for the right reasons.So it certainly seems that part of Lang's character will remain intact, though in the comics he became a thief to save the life of his daughter, something of which there is still no mention.
You can head over to EW to check out more of the interview, which doesn't go on to reveal a whole lot more. It is disheartening, however, to think that Janet and Hank, two of the founding members of the Avengers, will never get to share the limelight in the MCU after the 8-year delay in getting Edgar Wright's script turned into a film.