Ant-Man as a character is an integral part of the Marvel comic universe. The original Ant-Man, Hank Pym, and his wife, the Wasp, were founding members of the Avengers and have a long history of superheroics.
The Wasp is every bit as powerful and as intelligent as Ant-Man, perhaps even more so. So when it was announced an Ant-Man film was in the works, many fans wondered whether Pym's wife, Janet Van Dyne, might make an appearance. We since learned her character "dies" prior to the events of the film, but we will still get a brief glimpse at her in the movie, according to Collider.
Spoilers for Ant-Man ahead!
The website reports Janet Van Dyne will appear briefly in the movie via a flashback and that only her eyes will be seen. Marvel cast an unknown actress for the role since the super-close up is the only moment her character will appear. Her loss serves as the main reason Pym resents superheroes. He also blames S.H.I.E.L.D. for her death, which will play into the movie as well.
Unless, of course, she isn't dead. As Collider points out, she may simply be "lost" in the microverse to reappear at some later time. Her daughter, Hope Van Dyne (to be played by Evangeline Lilly) may even become the Wasp at some point.
It's too early to say what exactly what will happen, but fans haven't been pleased by the news that one of the most prominent women in the Marvel universe won't get her moment to shine in the Marvel Cinematic Universe, while her husband gets an entire film without her. For that reason it wouldn't be too surprising if it turns out Janet Van Dyne isn't actually dead or that her daughter may one day pick up the mantle.
Perhaps one of the characters will even join the Avengers. With the upcoming Captain America: Civil War, Iron Man and Captain America will both need soldiers in the war to come. Might the Wasp and Ant-Man pick a side?
Rest assured Marvel has more plans for Ant-Man and his supporting cast of characters. We will just have to wait and see what exactly they are.