The Wasp suits up joins in on the action in Marvel's Ant-Man & the Wasp, but both superheroes become fugitives in the process. This places Evangeline Lilly, who plays Hope Van Dyne, a.k.a. the Wasp, in familiar territory, since she began her career playing another famous wanted outlaw: Kate Austen on Lost.
The Ant-Man sequel follows up on what became of Scott Lang (Paul Rudd) following the events of Captain America: Civil War. Though Scott returns to his life in San Francisco, he is placed under house arrest for fighting alongside Team Cap in Berlin. However, when Scott goes on the run with Hope Van Dyne and her father Hank Pym (Michael Douglas), Hope assumes the mantle of the Wasp as they attempt to rescue her mother Janet Van Dyne (Michelle Pfeiffer) from the Quantum Realm. As a result, Scott, Hope, and Hank all become fugitives from the law.
When Screen Rant visited the set of Ant-Man & the Wasp, Lilly further explained why Hope is on the run with Scott and her father while noting the irony that her Marvel superhero persona now echoes her star-making television role:
Hope and Hank at this point, because of Civil War... with Captain America... they're a little bit on the run. They're on the lam. We have technology that would be considered a superpower in the Marvel-verse. At that point in time, you're not allowed to have that independently. So yeah, our life has dramatically changed; not for the better in our opinion. In a weird twist of fate, I'm like a convict on the run again. For anyone that is a Lost fan, that might ring familiar. But I like it. It's fun.
It seems the actress is referring to the Sokovia Accords as the reason why the government is after Hope Van Dyne and Hank Pym. Introduced in Civil War, the Accords require all superhumans to register their powers and technology with the United Nations. They are the law of the land in the MCU. Scott Lang was punished for helping Captain America in violation of the Accords; meanwhile, it appears Hank never registered his technology related to Ant-Man and the Wasp with the UN, which makes him just as much of a 'criminal' as Scott for violating the Accords. Of course, Pym was once a part of S.H.I.E.L.D., but they tried to steal his Pym Particles tech, so he left the super spy organization in 1989 soon after the disappearance of his wife Janet in the Quantum Realm.
Meanwhile, Hope's predicament does amusingly place Evangeline Lilly in a role very familiar to longtime fans of Lost. The actress rose to fame portraying Kate, one of the survivors of Oceanic 815 who crashed on the mysterious island. Kate was a fugitive traveling under the custody of a U.S. Marshal, who finally captured her after she went on the run for killing her abusive father. While Hope's crimes aren't as severe as Kate's, it's still ironic that the straight-laced Hope ends up joining Scott Lang, who has been incarcerated twice for burglary and for violating the Sokovia Accords, on the lam.
It seems the actress has come full-circle. However, since Hope is actually breaking the law to rescue her missing mother, even Kate Austen would probably approve of Hope Van Dyne's actions in Ant-Man & the Wasp.
- Ant-Man & The Wasp (2018) release date: Jul 06, 2018
- Captain Marvel (2019) release date: Mar 08, 2019
- The Avengers 4 / Avengers: Endgame (2019) release date: Apr 26, 2019