Evangeline Lilly's costume in Ant-Man and The Wasp will look different than the tease of it in Ant-Man. Hope van Dyne finally gets to suit up this summer and she's waited long enough. The very end of Ant-Man teased she would finally take her rightful place as a hero in a growingly populated landscape. She's got all the training and skill and the marketing for the sequel (which she co-leads) has spent plenty of time showcasing her skills, ones that are only enhanced by her suit.
Like her partner Ant-Man, Wasp possesses the ability to shrink and then grow back to size, but she's also much more equipped for combat. Her blasters give her an extra asset, while her wings allow for her to travel freely at her leisure. When Wasp does start fighting crime though, she'll do so with a different look than the one audiences were teased with - but there's a good reason for it.
At the Ant-Man and The Wasp set visit last year, Screen Rant had the opportunity to talk to Ivo Coveney, the film's Specialty Costumes Supervisor. During the Q&A, Coveney was asked about why Wasp's suit looks different in the sequel. This wasn't just to do something different (or sell more merchandise) but rather because the original design wouldn't transfer well into live-action use.
How about going from this - from the rendition of the Wasp costume we saw at the end of Ant-Man to this one here? Did you guys, at that time, plan on going on with that look or this one?
Ivo Coveney [Specialty Costumes Supervisor]: No, what they had - the concept that we’ve worked on for this is the concept that I saw at the end of, of the first film. However, that one was just beautifully CGI’d, and as is often case we don’t have to worry about the human body. So, it is - as soon as you have to put it on the human body, you have to make it work. This is very faithful.
When the original Wasp design was constructed, it was before Lilly did any costume fittings, since she never had to wear it in the first film. Once that process started, tweaks had to be made to the design so that it could function and look good on the screen. Ant-Man didn't have to worry about that with their version being totally CGI.
This is hardly a problem, if one at all though. While Coveney's explanation makes complete sense, the version shown in Ant-Man was just also just a prototype that Hank Pym (Michael Douglas) was working on in secret. It is reasonable to think that once Hope was brought in on the design and building process that tweaks were made for her liking. After all, Scott Lang (Paul Rudd) made changes to the original Ant-Man suit after he took over, so why wouldn't Hope have the same level of input.
At the end of the day, it doesn't matter as much how Hope's costume looks, but more so that she is a great hero when wearing it. All indications point to that being the case in Ant-Man and The Wasp, and the updated suit just so happens to look good too. Stay tuned to Screen Rant for more coverage from Ant-Man and The Wasp's set visit!
- 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
- Spider-Man: Far From Home (2019) release date: Jul 05, 2019