Ant-Man and the Wasp is a sequel to 2015’s superhero film Ant-Man. Evangeline Lilly stars in both movies as Hope van Dyne, daughter of the original Ant-Man and the Wasp. This is her debut performance as the superhero the Wasp.
EVANGELINE LILLY ACTION HERO
At a press conference for Ant-Man and the Wasp, Evangeline was asked how she enjoyed being an action star. Specifically, the kitchen fight scene in the movie’s trailer. She said, “Well, I loved getting to be a Blade Runner. That was pretty cool. The knife, the knife gag in the restaurant scene is very, very cool. I love the kind of element of having somebody who’s completely in jeopardy, but also completely in control.”
Evangeline continued with, “I saw that a lot, like when the mallet comes down to hit her. You can see like, oh shit moment. But then she’s completely in control the next second. It was just fun to finally get to see her take on the mantle. Because this is something that she’s been ready and willing to do basically her whole life. Her parents are both superheroes and she was rearing to get in that suit for an entire film […] To actually see her fighting in that moment was, was wonderful.”
THE WASP & THE ALL-FEMALE AVENGERS
At the same press conference, Evangeline was asked who in the Marvel Cinematic Universe she would like to team-up with next. Hope van Dyne, The Wasp, has already teamed up with “knucklehead” Scott Lang, Ant-Man. Evangeline answered, “Well, first of all, I just want to qualify — a very loveable knucklehead [LAUGHTER].” Rudd graciously replied, “Aw, thanks [LAUGHTER].”
She continued with, “Gosh, I used to say, because I was asked this question prior to this movie and I used to say it would be fun to see the Wasp with the Hulk. Because she’d be so teeny and he’d be so giant. But then, we did Giant-Man and the Wasp, so… that’s out [LAUGHTER].”
“I don’t know, but I just personally have an enormous crush on Okoye and would love a chance to hang out with Danai (Gurira) as much as possible, so let’s just say that. Besides the fact that I am personally going to continue to keep the rumor and gossip about an all-female Avengers film going… until it happens [LAUGHTER / APPLAUSE] Sorry, Kevin.”
When cornered with the question of an all-female Avengers film in the future, producer Kevin Feige murmured, “Very well. All coming… all coming together [LAUGHTER].”
Ant-Man and the Wasp hit theaters July 6, 2018.