Fans who needed some comic relief after ‘Avengers: Infinity War‘ were thrilled with ‘Ant-Man and the Wasp’ being able to deliver that, right up to the scene they snuck in after the credits. But now, Evangeline Lilly, the actress who plays Hope van Dyne, a.k.a. the new Wasp in the “Ant-Man” series, recently let us know that what they filmed had gone on longer but it was cut for an excellent reason.
If you’ve somehow not seen ‘Avengers: Infinity War’ or the after the credits scenes from ‘Ant-Man and the Wasp,’ I do have to warn you that there are spoilers ahead.
When Lilly saw the final cut of the scene, she couldn’t help but be surprised:
“I kind of got a giggle when I saw the final product, because they basically just cut our reactions out completely and cut to ash. However, what we did end up seeing was much more dramatic and worked very well for the scene.”
She believes that the scene was cut because they “blew it” when they recorded it. The reason behind this is that she, Michelle Pfeiffer, and Michael Douglas didn’t know what was happening. Initially, the actress stated that “None of knew what we were doing! I think we made it look a little bit more like an ascension to heaven than any sort of negative and scary happening.” As she explains:
“This is one of the last days of shooting the whole movie and, you know…we read about the Snappening. At the time, we still didn’t really entirely know what exactly that was, and it’s because we hadn’t seen or been a part of shooting Infinity War. We knew, like, the basic idea. We knew that Thanos had snapped his fingers and people disappeared, but we didn’t know… I hadn’t seen Tom Holland crying out and begging Iron Man to ‘Please, please, I don’t want to go, I don’t want to go’ and we hadn’t seen the emotion or the drama or the sort of angst and maybe pain surrounding the ashing or the Snappening when we were shooting it. I don’t think [director] Peyton [Reed] really even knew what that was supposed to look like or be, because none of us had been a part of Avengers: Infinity War.”
While it could have had more of an emotional impact if the Russo Brothers had opened up a bit more as to what they should have expected, it was still a gut punch when Scott Lang was suddenly by himself and talking to ash blowing away in the breeze.
Do you feel that having the brief dust fading away was impactful enough for when ‘Ant-Man and the Wasp’ came to a close or would you have preferred seeing the actors experiencing what was happening to them? Share your thoughts in the comments below, True Believers!