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Information-silkReal NamePetra Laskov
Information-silkCurrent AliasRed Wasp
Information-silkAliasesSwarm, Insect Queen
Information-silkRelativesNikolai Laskov (husband, deceased); unnamed son (deceased)
Information-silkAffiliationFormerly Avengers, Liberators
Information-silkIdentitySecret Identity
Information-silkMarital StatusWidowed
Information-silkOccupationGovernment empowered super-agent
Information-silkPlace of BirthSyria
Information-silkCreatorsMark Millar, Bryan Hitch
First Appearance
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Quote1 They call me the Red Wasp, but my real name is the Insect Queen and I used to be a terrorist too. Back in the good old days. Quote2
-- Red Wasp  
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Laskov as the Swarm

Petra Laskov was a scientist who was married to Nikolai Laskov, an Activist working for one of the Red Skull's enemies. The Red Skull held her and her husband, as well as their baby son, hostage, forcing her to choose whether to kill her husband with a pair of old scissors or watch him shoot her baby. She chose to kill her husband, and took over an hour to kill him with the scissors. The Red Skull then threw her son out the window and ordered his men to rape her. Several stories up. Nick Fury tells War Machine that this was "just to send a message."[1]


Sometime later, Petra joined the Liberator's invasion of America under the codename Swarm. Being granted with the powers to control insects. She was presumed killed when a giant-sized Wasp stepped on her.


Petra's first costume as Red Wasp


The Red Skull

Swarm was thought killed by the original Wasp during her participation in the attack on America, but was healed by S.H.I.E.L.D. and was enrolled in their rehabilitation program by having a obedience chip installed inside of her if she ever falls out of line. She was forced to work for S.H.I.E.L.D. under the codename "Red Wasp", in which she was tasked in counter-terrorism. Red Wasp was later became a member of The Avengers. She and her team arrested the rogue Captain America, and made plans to assault A.I.M.[2] When they arrive at A.I.M. Headquarters, they discovered the mutilated bodies of the A.I.M. henchmen scattered about the ground. When they confronted Red Skull he revealed that with the Cosmic Cube he ordered the henchmen to eat each other, and they obeyed. Red Skull immediately recognized Petra and sarcastically asked her how she was doing. In a rage, War Machine, having learned of Petra's origins, then attacked Red Skull and hurtled him into the side of a nearby mountain.[3]

Ultimate Comics Avengers Vol 1 6 page -- Red Skull & Petra Laskov (Earth-1610)

Petra kills the Red Skull

The fight was not going well for the Avengers, and the Red Skull was boasting that he would keep Petra alive to make her relive the killing of her husband and child over and over again. Captain America arrived in the "Teleporter Jet" and managed to fatally subdue the Red Skull. A short while later when the Red Skull was in the hospital, Petra, dressed like a doctor, walked into his room and shot him in the head, killing him.[4]

Powers and AbilitiesEdit


Able to control large numbers of insects. As the Red Wasp: She can fly and can shrink her body to the size of an insect. She also uses a variation of the "Wasp Sting", with which she can paralyze any foe.


She can be be subdued by simple insect repellent (As the Red Wasp).


  • It is seem that Petra Laskov's (formerly the Swarm) nationality is entirely retconned, changing from being a Syrian to Georgian since her appearance in Ultimates 2.

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