1.) I would call into serious question WHY they chose to go with THIS story, first of all. Because you’re right, choosing the scrip, choosing which of the comic book story arcs you’re going to draw from (like Extremis or Winter Soldier) is definitely a choice on the part of the studio. So why make this one? Why choose to tell a story that disregards the existence (we’ll get to why I think that stands in a second) of the ONLY female founding Avenger? Why choose to tell a story that disregards the existence of Scott Lang’s ENTIRE origin story as centered around his daughter (and eventually superhero herself) Cassie Lang? Why choose to invent a new character entirely, Hope Pym, when you’ve got the freaking WASp, the #5 MOST GREATEST AVENGER OF ALL TIME, right there at your fingertips!!
I mean, it really looks like MORE WORK to me to NOT use Jan or Cassie than it would be just to USE them. They have to invent these whole new origins and character arcs and plot lines and such, rather than just going with what they had. As for your point that they’re not “disregarding the existence of Janet”
2.) They’re calling Hope “Hope Pym”, so they’re not even recognizing Jan’s involvement THAT why like we tHOUGHT they might be back when the rumors were she was “Hope Van Dyne”. That aside, this post by sirdef very well articulates why we SHOULDN’T be holding our breaths for Jan to just show up at a latter date. The tl;dr version of it is: with the way they’re doing the generational thing, Hank being old, and the fact that the MCU Avengers are clearly the first of their kind, they’re writing it so there was NEVER Jan as the Wasp, out fighting crime and kicking ass. We’ll never see her fight alongside Captain America (who she was an Avenger before, who she FOUND), or Iron Man or Thor or Hulk, all of whom she was Avengers right along side of in issue #1 of the Avengers (the team which she NAMED).
I mean, you’re right in expressing caution, honestly. I also try to be the more “well let’s wait and see” type (which is exactly what I’m doing with Wanda, who… I’m very nervous will end up another River Tam, but I’m mostly keeping my mouth shut about that bc I have no evidence one way or another on that, so yes, let’s wait and see). But given the mechanics of the plot that we know, given the casting decisions that we know, given everything they’ve told us, I think it’s safe to say at this point that we’re never going to see Janet Van Dyne in the MCU—not as more than an Easter Egg, vague reference, or some woman sitting on a couch. Certainly not as a costumed adventurer, fighting crime, costuming and leading the Avengers, all without breaking a nail.
And that’s a #JanetVanCrime.
This whole answer makes me depressed because I can’t argue it.
That comment is probably the happiest a comment has ever made me about something very sad.