[This article contains SPOILERS for Ant-Man and its mid-credits sequence.]
Comparatively speaking, Ant-Man has been one of Marvel’s less globally dominant installments (though bigger than expected), underperforming in the wake of last summer’s surprise hit Guardians of the Galaxy and this summer’s not-so-surprising billion dollar juggernaut Avengers: Age of Ultron. Though small, the film is anything but insignificant, as it pertains to the grander shared universe puzzle.
Beyond establishing Scott Lang’s titular hero (Paul Rudd) as a force worthy enough to stand (or shrink) beside Earth’s Mightiest and further planting the seeds for Captain America: Civil War, the film also briefly introduced Marvel’s next female Avenger: Hope van Dyne a.k.a. the Wasp (Evangeline Lilly). As teased in the mid-credits sequence, Hank Pym (Michael Douglas) shows his daughter an upgraded Wasp suit and reveals he has been developing it since before her mother died. Fans only get a glimpse of the winged prototype in the film, but there will be plenty to look at when the latest entry in Marvel’s art book series is released August 7th.
Featuring set photos, commentary from the filmmakers, and intricate concept art never realized in the film, Marvel’s Ant-Man: The Art of the Movie spotlights the costumes of Ant-Man, Yellowjacket, and Wasp. Check out the Wasp below, and for more pictures from the book, visit Parka Blogs or view the video above.
It is not entirely clear whether the Wasp designs in the book were meant for the film’s original incarnation of the character (i.e., Hank’s wife) or solely for Hope and the mid-credits sequence (or both). However, considering that one of the designs lacks wings, the former seems more likely. Nevertheless, the various images provide a few functional differences in terms of the masks and flight mechanisms, while maintaining a consistent stylistic motif that mirrors Scott Lang’s Ant-Man suit.
Interestingly, in the comics, the Wasp is notorious for her frequent costume changes and upgrades (due to her profession as a fashion designer), donning anything from simple, form-fitting suits to more elaborate body armor. And while the colors often switch as well, the hero’s most well known look usually includes two prominent hues: yellow and black – both of which are notably absent in the film’s versions.
That said, the change was most likely implemented to distinguish the heroine from her fellow stinging insect-themed nemesis, Yellowjacket. The red and silver color scheme not only aligns Wasp with Ant-Man, but also – whether intentionally or unintentionally – pre-establishes them as future members of the Avengers, a team that seems to fancy those same colors as well.
While Kevin Feige has officially confirmed Wasp will not be included in next year’s Civil War, the future of the MCU is ripe with opportunities for her to appear (maybe even her own film). As such, it will certainly be interesting to see if the cinematic version of her character is as fickle with her costumes as her two-dimensional counterpart. Judging by the fact that Evangeline Lilly’s Wasp is not a fashion designer – and that she did not even design her own suit – it seems highly unlikely.
Ant-Man is now playing in theaters; Captain America: Civil War arrives on May 6, 2016; Doctor Strange– November 4, 2016; Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 – May 5, 2017; Spider-Man reboot – July 28, 2017; Thor: Ragnarok – November 3, 2017; The Avengers: Infinity War Part 1 – May 4, 2018; Black Panther– July 6, 2018; Captain Marvel – November 2, 2018; The Avengers: Infinity War Part 2 – May 3, 2019; Inhumans – July 12, 2019.