Ant-Man and the Wasp: Evangline Lilly’s Wasp-Style Fighting

Ant-Man and the Wasp

Evangeline Lilly had a stand out performance as Hope Van Dyne, the superhero the Wasp, in Ant-Man and the Wasp.  In the first film, Ant-Man, Lilly had scenes sparring with Paul Rudd’s Scott Lang.  For Ant-Man and the Wasp, she had far more athletic scenes as the costumed hero the Wasp.

Wasp Training

When asked if the training for both films was very different, Lilly said, “It dramatically changed. Because when I came in for the first film, there was decided a style for Hope.  She was… decided she was going to be a Muay Thai expert. And that I was going to do an MMA based training. And so, I was basically doing a lot of boxing and mixed sort of learning.  Learning that kind of fighting.”

Wasp-Style Fighting

“When we came to the second film, I came in with very strong opinions and ideas of how I wanted to walk, to move.  And one, I wanted her to move more like I move, because if I’m going to play a character for hopefully, knock-wood, movie upon movie, it’s going to be very difficult if I’m constantly having to force myself into a physical box that doesn’t fit.”

“But more importantly, I just wanted to make sure that the way that she moved and that the way she physically expressed herself was honoring the comic books. Which, in those books, she was extremely feminine.   She was extremely graceful and not all, I think there’s this sort of idea that, ‘Oh, well, all of the female superheroes back then in the 1960’s and 70’s were.’ And that’s not necessarily actually true.”

“It was an enormous and very powerful feminine movement happening in the 60’s and 70’s. And that bled into the comic books. But this character, the Wasp, she was a fashion designer. She was a wife, she was a mother, and she was uber feminine. And I wanted to make sure that that got infused into her fight-self. Which became, I became a bit of a cog in the wheel for the initial stages after reworking all of the fights, away from this very tough, very kind of masculine MMA style, into a more, almost athletic, graceful, feminine Wasp-style.”