Ant-Man introduced two generations of heroes to fans of the Marvel Cinematic Universe, and while the focus of this particular story was on Hank Pym (Michael Douglas) serving as a mentor to ex-thief Scott Lang (Paul Rudd) and passing down the Ant-Man technology, another Avenger began her origin story as well.
We knew from visiting the set of Ant-Man last year that the film would include a brief glimpse into the past where a young Hank Pym and his wife Janet van Dyne serve S.H.I.E.L.D. during the Cold War as the original Ant-Man and Wasp, respectively. We also knew the film would tease a future where a new Wasp (Evangeline Lilly's Hope van Dyne) could finally join The Avengers, but it's not happening quite yet.
Just as Wasp was originally in the script for Joss Whedon's first Avengers movie, so to was this founding member of the team in Marvel Comics initially set to appear in next summer's Captain America: Civil War. But she won't be in that film even though Paul Rudd's Ant-Man will be and even though Hope's future Wasp costume was revealed during an end-credits scene (pictured above).
Marvel Studios boss Kevin Feige told CinemaBlend during the Ant-Man press junket only the following as to why:
"There was an original plan and it got scrapped… I can’t tell you. And now we’re refabricating plans and they’re still up in the air. We still don’t know."
Feige confirmed that Wasp will have a role in Phase 3 of the Marvel Cinematic Universe and it's a safe bet she'll appear in Avengers: Infinity War - along with everyone else still alive in the franchise - but the reason Hope is not in Civil War is simply because Evangeline Lilly was late in her pregnancy during principal photography. At the end of June while attending the red carpet world premiere of Ant-Man and later appearing on Conan to promote the film, the Lost and Hobbit star revealed that she was seven months pregnant and yesterday joked on Facebook during a Q&A with fans that her Wasp uniform doesn't fit at the moment so she hasn't tried it on: "No. I've been too pregnant. ;)"
Oh! And I was scanned for #TheWasp suit, but then I got pregnant. Let's hope I fit it again! #ineedtime!
By being scanned though, a custom superhero outfit is being built for her whenever Hope van Dyne suits up on the MCU. She shares a few with tidbits of info about Ant-Man and her hopes for the future as well.
How Ant-Man script changed when Peyton Reed took over:
She became more relatable and a little less like an original, 1960's comic book character. I LOVED both versions, but the version we settled with fit better in the#marvelverse. I'd still love to do Edgar Wright's version, too.
How Hope feels about her co-worker and one-time friend Darren Cross becoming a villain:
I love that you asked that question. I think she is very sad to see her friend digressing into a monster. I think she loves him as a brother.
Evangeline Lilly's favorite Marvel movie:
I haven't seen them all, but I really liked Winter Soldier for the powerful political commentary and who doesn't love RDJ as #IronMan?? That said, I would love to work with#MarkRuffalo. I think it would be fun to see the interchange between Paul and my tiny characters and him.
Would Lilly play another Marvel character?
Nope. I love my character.
What other character does Lilly want to see Wasp fight?
I love your ideas and will share them with Marvel! I would love to see Wasp fight The Incredible Hulk. I think she would just roll her eyes at his temper and fly circles around him until he was exasperated. :) Haha!
How would Evangeline Lilly describe Hope van Dyne in three words?
Hurt, formidable, honest.
Which Marvel movie should Wasp first appear? Share your thoughts and ideas in the comments!
Ant-Man is currently in theaters worldwide.
Captain America: Civil War opens in theaters May 6, 2016; Doctor Strange – November 4, 2016; Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 – May 5, 2017; Spider-Man– 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.