Evangeline Lilly is for sure best known for her work on ABC’s hit series Lost as Kate Austen, but since the series finale back in 2010, she’s steadily been building a damn good filmography. With Real Steel and the final two parts of The Hobbit series on her resume, she’s now set to join the Marvel Cinematic Universe in next year’s Ant-Man.
You can see Lilly in her latest movie as the elf warrior Tauriel (and total badass) in Peter Jackson’s final Middle-Earth chapter The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies. But there’s no doubt that her next project is the most intriguing. While promoting The Battle of the Five Armies, she talked with CNN about working for Marvel, her character Hope Van Dyne, and gives us a few more hints towards the movies plot.
“I’ve been astounded to discover how good to their teams and crew that Marvel are. They’re so collaborative, so smart with their stories. They have rich, dynamic characters which are so much fun to play. I expected I’d be a cog in the wheel of a big machine — I wasn’t sure I’d like this experience. But I’ve been so astounded at how pleasurable the whole experience has been.”
“(Hope) is the daughter of the founders of The Avengers, Ant-Man and the Wasp. She is a very talented, intelligent, capable woman and a force to be reckoned with.”
“(Ant-Man) is very much a heist film. It has all the fun, tension and drama of a good heist film. The heist is being masterminded by myself, my father and Scott Lang.”
Her comments continue to add to the heist element of the movie, with Scott Lang (Paul Rudd) ultimately being the master thief. On top of that, she confirms that her character Hope Van Dyne will be directly involved in the plot alongside Hank Pym and Scott Lang, which personally gets me extremely excited.
Another interesting part is that she mentions Ant-Man and Wasp are the ‘founders’ of the Avengers. Neither character has actually been introduced in the MCU as of yet, so maybe those rumors of the movie featuring flashbacks are true. The rumors were about flashbacks involving a younger Hank Pym, and even Peggy Carter (Haley Atwell) and Howard Stark (Dominic Cooper), those ‘older heroes’ who were involved in designing some of S.H.I.E.L.D.’s defense programs and quite possibly even the ‘Avengers Initiative’ itself.
Don’t get me wrong, I’m not saying this is what is happening, it’s just speculation on my part. But from her comments, it sounds like Ant-Man, Wasp, and others may have created the Avengers as a defense program decades ago for future generations (expecting more heroes to be born). And just from Lilly’s comments, Janet Van Dyne aka the original Wasp may have passed on. Could that mean her daughter Hope, meaning Lilly, could take over the mantle of Wasp alongside Paul Rudd’s Ant-Man? I sure as hell hope so (my money is on it)!
If anything comes from these comments, it’s that Evangeline Lilly’s role in Ant-Man is more prominent than expected, but definitely something we had all hoped for! That’s going to sit well as the MCU is in need of more female heroes alongside Scarlett Johansson’ Black Widow. We do have Jaimie Alexander’s Sif and Cobie Smulders Agent Mariah Hill, but they have only been featured in smaller supporting roles (I want more from both!). Elizabeth Olsen’s Scarlet Witch is coming to the big screen in May for Avengers: Age of Ultron, but we don’t know for sure yet what the plans are for the character. Carol Danvers aka Captain Marvel is on her way, but that’s not until at least 2018 (unless she makes an appearance in Age of Ultron or Captain America: Civil War, wouldn’t that be awesome). So maybe, and hopefully, Evangeline Lilly’s character Hope Van Dyne will fill that void of having more female heroes in the MCU (sounds like she will). And hopefully she will turn out to be Wasp, I’m holding out for it!
Ant-Man will hit theaters July 17th, 2015. Directed by Peyton Reed starring Paul Rudd, Michael Douglass, Evangeline Lilly, Corey Stoll, Michael Peña, Bobby Cannavale, Judy Greer, David Dastmalchian, Wood Harris, T.I., and John Slattery.