Ant-Man and the Wasp: Evangeline Lilly Dusted Badly

SPOILER for Ant-Man and the Wasp and Avengers: Infinity War

Evangeline Lilly had a stand-out performance in this summer’s Ant-Man and the Wasp.  Audiences were shocked by the film’s end credit scene and its connection to Avengers: Infinity War.  Many assumed she and fellow co-stars Michael Douglas and Michelle Pfeiffer were unaware of its significance.  Lilly set the record straight.

The Scene

Ant-Man and the Wasp hit theaters 2 months after the Marvel Studio’s juggernaut Avengers: Infinity War.  One of the most surprising moments in the film is the end credit scene.  Viewers see Ant-Man Scott Lang on a simple mission to the Quantum Realm.  He is talking to scientists, and surrogate family, Hank, Janet, and Hope over the radio.  Scott loses contact and the audience sees that the trio have shockingly turned to dust.  This ties into the devastating events of Avengers: Infinity War where the villain Thanos has succeeded in killing half the population of the universe.

MARVEL’S AVENGERS: INFINITY WAR
Josh Brolin as Thanos

The Filming

Talking about the scene, Lilly said, “Well, I know that the way it was cut together, it makes it look like, ‘Oh! Maybe they never shot it with us.’  But in fact, we did. We shot the Snappening. We shot ourselves being dissolved. There was actually a– They just took it out in the end.  It was more dramatic, I think.  He just cut back to floating ash and empty space. Then cutting back to watching us react to becoming dust.”

“And I have to tell you, I’m so grateful that they did cut that out.  Because at that point I have not seen the Avengers: Infinity War. So, I had really no idea what a dusting looked like, or felt like, or what’s supposed to be, and I don’t think Peyton really did either.  Because none of us were part of that.  Well Paul, but Paul isn’t a part of that last moment.  He didn’t get stuffed in the Avengers: Infinity War.  So, that was something that I looked at.”

Bad Dusting

“Once I watched Avengers: Infinity War, I realized I dusted terribly. I did a really bad job of that. I had no idea really what was happening. And I’m so glad that they cut it out because I don’t think I would have been convincing at all.  I think I made it look much more like an ascension to heaven than a torturous end.”