Purpose: W.E.S.P.E. centers on nihilism, offering highly advanced technology and money as investments in the pursuit of future, large-scale destruction, murder and discord; this includes acts of terrorism.
Affiliations: Terrorists, Dr. Max Brashear (Dr. Positron)
Enemies: Blue Marvel, Hauptmann Deutschland, She-Hulk (Jennifer Walters), Spectrum (Monica Rambeau)
Base of Operations: Mobile in Europe
First Appearance: Mighty Avengers II#4 (February, 2014)
Paraphernalia: W.E.S.P.E. manufactured and distributed very advanced destructive technology, usually with a wasp theme, including poison bombs and large, armed, flying machines such as the aerial kill-bots.
(Mighty Avengers II#8 (fb) - BTS) - Although not at the same level as A.I.M. or Hydra, W.E.S.P.E. is a large, covert European-based organization cultivating villainous scientists by offering advanced technology for future favors.
(Mighty Avengers II#4 (fb) - BTS) - The terrorist organization W.E.S.P.E. was readying to spread its deadly "sting-gas" (translation), but Hauptmann Deutschland and the Blue Marvel found out about the plan.
(Mighty Avengers II#4) - Hauptmann Deutschland and the Blue Marvel fought W.E.S.P.E. members at the Brandenburg Gate in Berlin, Germany.
(Mighty Avengers II#8 (fb) - BTS) - The Blue Marvel went on to smash a large part of their operations. Soon after, W.E.S.P.E. supplied revenge-smitten Max Brashear with weapons to use against his father, the Blue Marvel.
(Mighty Avengers II#8) - Dr. Max Brashear (masquerading as Dr. Positron) used W.E.S.P.E. technology (notably their aerial kill-bots) to trap the Blue Marvel, Spectrum and She-Hulk.
Comments: Created by Al Ewing (writer), Greg Land (pencils) and Jay Leisten (inks).
Presumably they have a screening process before they hand out any technology to make sure the candidate's actions result in considerable destruction and mayhem.
Like Osborn's H.A.M.M.E.R., we are yet to find out what the initials stand for. And there seems to be a bit of mingling with "Terror-Hives" and "W.E.S.P.E."
Wespe is German for "wasp," so I'm guessing the group is based in Germany or a German-speaking land - maybe they have a loose affiliation with A.I.M. (with their "beekeeper" outfits).
It's not yet been explained why they want to "bring about the end of the world"; is it to remake the world as they want it?
Given there was only one image and that Hauptmann Deutschland was shown and tagged in the main image pic, I've deliberately blurred the tag in the profile's main image so as not to confound anyone. It gets a bit confusing when there are multiple characters in the main image.
Profile by Grendel Prime.
W.E.S.P.E. has no known connections to:
W.E.S.P.E. Aerial Kill-Bots
W.E.S.P.E. aerial kill-bots were wasp-themed, large, truck-sized flying machines armed with sophisiticated weaponry. Max Brashear (as Dr. Positron) used them to herd and harm the Blue Marvel, Spectrum and She-Hulk as they flew to his base. All four in this attack were destroyed by the three Avengers.
--Mighty Avengers II#8
Mighty Avengers II#4, p7, pan1 (main image & uniform shot)
Mighty Avengers II#8, p7, pan5 (aerial kill-bot)
Mighty Avengers II#4 (February, 2014) - Al Ewing (writer), Greg Land (pencils) Jay Leisten (inks), Tom Brevoort & Lauren Sankovitch (editors)
Mighty Avengers II#4 (May, 2014) - Al Ewing (writer), Valerio Schiti (art), Tom Brevoort & Wil Moss (editors)
Last updated: 03/15/14.
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