From the beginning, the addition of Evangeline Lilly to the cast of ‘Ant-Man‘ has been met with a lot of speculation about who exactly she was going to be playing and what her role in both ‘Ant-Man’ and the greater Marvel Cinematic Universe would be exactly. Once we learned she would be playing Hope Van Dyne, daughter of Hank Pym (Michael Douglas) and Janet Van Dyne (who comic fans will remember is the alter-ego of founding Avenger and super-heroine ‘The Wasp’), the rumor mill was rampant with speculation that she might be playing the modern version of ‘The Wasp,’ with her and Scott Lang essentially being the second generation superheroes of the Ant-Man family (as Hank Pym in the comic was the original Ant-Man). However, no confirmation of this rumor ever came out, so it remains only speculation.
Fortunately for the wishing-to-be-spoiled masses, Lilly herself released some information about her character in a recent interview with CNN, and while it may not pertain to her Wasp-iness, it does shed some light on the kind of role she will play in the upcoming film.
For me, this as an exciting statement as it demonstrates that she will have an active role in the film and not just be the ‘damsel in distress’ which always has the potential to happen in superhero movies. Plus, with Hope being as involved in the heist as Lilly suggests, it makes it even more possible that she may get to suit up as ‘The Wasp’ at some point to help Scott Lang/Ant-Man out of a potential jam. Additionally, if they are trying to keep in line with comics while still going their own direction, having a different Wasp fall in love with the second Ant-Man could be a great way to both appease fans and still keep the continuity of the story they are trying to tell.
Let’s hope it all works out well when ‘Ant-Man’ comes out in theaters, only 7 months left until then!