Nearly every Marvel Cinematic Universe hero is in Avengers: Infinity War - so where is Wasp? The third Avengers movie boasts a larger cast than any superhero movie to date, with Chris Hemsworth once referring to "76 cast members." Naturally, the film is also expected to tie together countless Marvel plot threads, although the Russo brothers have said that the movie most connected to Infinity War is actually Ant-Man & the Wasp.
That was an unexpected revelation, but it raises one puzzling question; why isn't Evangeline Lilly in Infinity War? According to Lilly, she doesn't even have a big part in Avengers 4 either. "Not going to be a ton," she revealed on Instagram, "but I’m in there! And I’m proud to be in there. And I’m stoked to be in there."
But here's the catch: all the evidence suggests Ant-Man & the Wasp is set after the events of Captain America: Civil War; the trailer showed Scott Lang under house arrest, a consequence of his siding with Steve Rogers against Tony Stark. That means Wasp will have actually become a superhero by the time Thanos invades. What's more, she's wielding the very best tools Hank Pym has to offer, including a whole range of weapons he never bothered to give to Scott. For some reason, though, Wasp won't suit up against the Mad Titan. What's going on?
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The Real Reason Wasp Isn't In Avengers: Infinity War
In an interview with Syfy, Evangeline Lilly explained that there's a simple reason she won't be in Infinity War: Marvel want the Wasp to make her big-screen debut in her own movie. As Lilly put it, "there's an Avengers series coming out. It's a two-parter. The Wasp won't be in the first part, she'll be in the second part, because they really want to preserve that reveal for Ant-Man And The Wasp."
The reality is, if Wasp made her debut in Infinity War, she would be overshadowed by all the cosmic spectacle. Not only are there still relatively few female Marvel movie superheroes, Wasp is the first one to get a co-lead title spot (pretty staggering given Ant-Man & the Wasp will be the 20th film set in the MCU). It means there's a lot of pressure on Marvel to get this right; especially given Wonder Woman has conclusively destroyed the notion female-led superhero films can't perform well at the box office.
From an out-of-universe perspective, Marvel's decision makes perfect sense; it makes Wasp's debut a singular event. But how do they explain it in-continuity?
Why Wasp May Not Be Involved
It'd be easy to assume that Infinity War will see Thanos invade the Earth in force. In reality, the trailers and TV spots have suggested that Thanos launches precision strikes at specific targets. He doesn't want to conquer the Earth, he simply wants to take possession of the Infinity Stones. Thus Thanos's forces initially strike in New York and the UK, hunting down the Time Stone and Mind Stone respectively. The final pitched battle between Thanos's armies and Earth's Mightiest Heroes doesn't even happen in the United States. Instead, the entire third act of Infinity War is set in Wakanda.
The structure of Infinity War suggests there may be a very simple reason Wasp doesn't get involved; she isn't in New York when Thanos arrives and isn't able to get to Wakanda in time to participate in the final battle. Presuming Hope van Dyne is San Francisco, on the West Coast, she may "avoid" much of the conflict. A similar principle may explain why Hawkeye doesn't seem to have a major arc in Infinity War. He's believed to have retired (again), and will thus be living in the remote Barton homestead.
It's a simple solution, and Occam's Razor suggests it's the most likely explanation for Wasp's absence. And yet, it sits uncomfortably with the Russos' comment that Ant-Man & the Wasp is strongly tied to Infinity War. It certainly seems as though there should be more to this; that's especially the case given Scott Lang manages to get involved in Avengers 3 anyway.
- Spider-Man: Far From Home (2019) release date: Jul 02, 2019
- The Avengers 4 / Avengers: Endgame (2019) release date: Apr 26, 2019
- Avengers: Infinity War / The Avengers 3 (2018) release date: Apr 27, 2018
- Ant-Man & The Wasp (2018) release date: Jul 06, 2018
- Captain Marvel (2019) release date: Mar 08, 2019