If you've browsed any of the movie concept art we've shared for Marvel Studios productions Captain America, The Avengers, Iron Man 3, Thor: The Dark World, and Guardians of the Galaxy over the years, then you've no doubt seen the talent of artist Andy Park.
Park is part of a team of designers and costume artists at Marvel Studios that also includes Ryan Meinerding, Rodney Fuentebella, Jackson Sze, Josh Nizzi, and Anthony Francisco who help bridge the gap between comic panels and live-action practical designs. They helped develop the Daredevil's red costume for the Marvel TV side and of course pitched designs for Marvel Studios' latest in Ant-Man which included not only an outfit for its protagonist and antagonist but the original Avenger known as Wasp.
Janet van Dyne a.k.a. Wasp only appears in one sequence of Ant-Man, a flashback to a mission to where she and secret agent partner and husband Hank Pym (Michael Douglas) are serving S.H.I.E.L.D. during the Cold War. She doesn't speak and her face is concealed the entire time so we only know her by the design of her retro superhero outfit which unlike Ant-Man's, also supports flight.
From what we saw in the film and in the official "Art of Ant-Man" book, the design guidelines were very clear for the original Wasp. It must adhere to the original Marvel Comics color scheme of the character from the '60s; it must feature a helmet that conceals the entirety of the character's head; and it must embrace a similar aesthetic to Ant-Man's suit which features a belt and piping to support the Pym Particles shrinking technology.
In addition to the images we see above, Andy Park shared two new images over the last week via Twitter of unused designs:
Note the torso jacket serving as a layered skirt of sorts and the pointed wasp-like helm design - all honoring the original Wasp designs from Marvel Comics. Of course, this is all in the past and while certain plot points of the film hint at a possible return of the original Wasp one day, all eyes are on the next generation of these size-changing heroes. Scott Lang (Paul Rudd) is the new Ant-Man under the mentorship of Pym (Michael Douglas), and we know Hope van Dyne (Evangeline Lilly) will become the modern Wasp as revealed in the post-credits button at the end of the film.
This new version of Wasp was originally intended to be involved in next summer's Captain America: Civil War but Lilly says her pregnancy changed the schedule a bit and Marvel Studios boss Kevin Feige now says Wasp will appear later in Phase 3 of the Marvel Cinematic Universe. Lilly has already been fitted for her costume when the time comes and could serve a long-term member of the New Avengers for years to come.
Given the color scheme and weapons of the Yellowjacket suit worn by Darren Cross (Corey Stoll) featured in Ant-Man, we thought some variant of that could be eventually worn by Evangeline Lilly's Hope Van Dyne. Instead it's revealed that Janet and Hank had been building a new suit on their own already, pictured above. Whether it's that suit or something modernized worn by Hope when Wasp suits up in the MCU remains to be seen.
Share your thoughts on the designs and what you'd like to see in Evangeline Lilly's suit 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.
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