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 Evangeline’s debut performance as the superhero the Wasp.
GIVING THE WASP HER DUE
At a press conference for Ant-Man and the Wasp, producer Kevin Feige was asked about the film’s title. If there was special significance to the double-billing of the characters Ant-Man and the Wasp. It was pointed out that the Wasp is the first titular super heroine for the Marvel cinematic universe.
Feige replied, “Yeah, I mean, that was the first idea with the movie before… I think it was before even Civil War. Clearly that film, the first Ant-Man film essentially is all about how qualified Hope is and her estrangement from her father, who’s preventing her from doing these things.”
“And it was without question, in that tag of what ended up being the tag on the first Ant-Man film was in there from the beginning. Which is her finding that suit and saying it’s about damn time. So, we always knew that the next one was going to be Ant-Man and the Wasp. And that it would finally be time to see her suit up and be the hero. As she said earlier, she was born to.”
THE WASP MISSES CIVIL WAR
Evangeline then said, “But I can add to that. That originally, Wasp was going to be introduced in Captain America: Civil War; that was the original plan. And I never expressed it at the time, because of course, how can you? But like secretly I was like, hmm, she’s not going to get an origins film. Oh, well, you know, it’s okay; I’m just stoked to be here, dude. Like I’m just happy that I get to put on a suit.”
“And then when I got a call saying, we’ve decided not to put you in Civil War. And there was this moment, I could tell where the feeling in the room was like, but don’t, like I’m sorry; it’s like don’t be offended. And I was like, no-no-no. Are they going to say what I think they’re going to say?”
“And then they said what I thought they were going to say. Which is, because we really want to dedicate a film to introducing this female superhero. And we don’t want her just to be a side note in this larger story. That was so exciting for me. And then I still didn’t know that there was going to be double billing. That didn’t come till later. And that was presented to me as a surprise by email with a screen cap of the title. And so, that was pretty cool.”
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