Long Lost Wasp
Years before he became a Super Hero, Hank Pym fell in love with Maria Trovaya, the daughter of renowned geneticist, Dr. Janos Trovaya. Following the suspicious death of her father, Maria married Hank and they went on a honeymoon to start a new chapter in their lives. Unfortunately, Maria was soon kidnapped by enemy agents and Hank was told she had been killed. In reality, Maria lived long enough to give birth to their daughter, whom she named Nadia.
As a child, Nadia was indoctrinated into the Red Room, a Soviet training program for assassins. While she was trained to become a killer, Nadia’s talents and intellect were deemed to be more suited for the Red Room’s Science Class, which was overseen by the enigmatic cyborg known as Mother. Nadia excelled in her new calling, and soon learned who her parents were. The Red Room shared that knowledge with Nadia in the hope that she could recreate Hank’s research. But discovering her link to Pym gave Nadia the inspiration to find a way out of the Red Room’s clutches. Her chance finally came when she was given a Pym Particle to study. Nadia was soon able to use it to shrink herself and escape from the facility.
Nadia traveled to America to meet Hank, only to discover he had recently been declared dead after an encounter with his murderous creation, Ultron. Nadia subsequently used her newfound shrinking ability to break into Hank’s abandoned laboratory to learn more about her father. She used the materials he left behind to create a costume and became the new Wasp. The original Wasp, Janet van Dyne, was still active as a heroine; but she graciously shared the identity with Nadia and embraced her as a stepdaughter.
More Than an Insect’s Intellect
Although Nadia is an extremely formidable hand-to-hand fighter, her greatest asset is her genius level intellect. She uses a black market Pym Particle to give herself the ability to grow and shrink at will, and later refines her abilities to include the bioelectric blasts utilized by the first Wasp. Additionally, Nadia crafts the Bio-Synthetic Wings, which she installs in her costume. Nadia also demonstrates the ability to increase the mass and density of her helmet.