While leading the Avengers through tumultuous times like the Masters of Evil’s assault on Avengers Mansion and the Beyonder’s so-called “Secret Wars,” the Wasp earned the respect of her teammates, but her restless nature led her to frequently leave and rejoin the team, as well as rekindle and douse her relationship with her ex-husband, including their time with the West Coast branch of the Avengers.
Eventually, Jan came back east to the original Avengers and all the slings and arrows it offered. A brainwashed Tony Stark stole her entire fortune, she found herself mutated into a human-insect hybrid, then waylaid onto an alternate Earth for a year, and through it all she and Hank tried more than once to establish a happy medium for their relationship. Just when Jan believed Hank’s warring psyche to be fully healed, she reached out to fellow Avenger Hawkeye for a fling and began experimenting with growing large as well as small.
When the Super Hero “Civil War” between Iron Man Tony Stark and Captain America Steve Rogers, both dear friends of Van Dyne’s, escalated into open hostilities, Jan sided with Stark and supported his nationwide initiative campaign to train young heroes. A female Ultron manifested in the Wasp’s image to challenge the current Avengers, and Hank Pym was secretly replaced by an alien Skrull, unbeknownst to Jan. The Skrull-Pym injected her with a doomsday concoction that was triggered during the final clash between the aliens and Earth’s champions, forcing the Wasp to seemingly sacrifice herself to save everyone around her.