In the comics, The Wasp was one of the founding Avengers but she has been noticeably absent from the movies. Hope van Dyne, portrayed by Evangeline Lilly was introduced in ‘Ant-Man’ and there was consideration of introducing her in ‘Captain America: Civil War’, but it was decided she needed a bigger platform in order to launch, without the distraction of a dozen other superheroes.
But after ‘Ant-Man’ proved successful enough to warrant a sequel, it was a no-brainer to entitle it ‘Ant-Man & The Wasp’ and formally suit Hope up in the Wasp costume glimpsed in the stinger at the end of ‘Ant-Man’. But according to returning director Peyton Reed, the uniform she officially dons in the sequel may vary somewhat from the one teased.
“I’m just personally excited to get to introduce yet another character into the Marvel Universe. After Ant-Man, now we get to see Wasp, so really designing her look, the way she moves, the power set, and figuring out, sort of, who Hope van Dyne is as a hero – because we know her in a certain context in the first movie, but now she’s going to have her coming out party – that’s exciting!”
‘Ant-Man & The Wasp’ comes out on July 6, 2018, two months after ‘Avengers: Infinity War’, which premiers on May 4, 2018. For the same reason that she was left out of ‘Civil War’, don’t expect her to pop up in that movie either.
Lilly herself said:
“Following [Ant-Man & The Wasp], there’s an Avengers series coming out, its a two-parter. The Wasp won’t be in the first part, she’ll be in the second part, because they really want to preserve that reveal for Ant-Man And The Wasp.”
(It has been clarified that the next two ‘Avengers’ movies will not be a two-parter, although like most Marvel movies, there will connective threads.)
Are you intrigued to see how they handle this venerable hero on the big screen?
‘Ant-Man & The Wasp’, directed by Peyton Reed, stars Paul Rudd, Evangeline Lilly, Michael Douglas and Michael Peña, with a rumored appearance by Jeremy Renner as Hawkeye/Clint Barton. It is scheduled for release on July 6, 2018.