With all of the interconnected Marvel films released, it’s quite easy to see how one could get confused with the timeline and all the characters involved (both old and new). Not only is each story intertwined within each other, but a new character seems to be popping up left and right these days, some with a much bigger destiny compared to others. One of those newer characters came within Peyton Reed’s Ant-Man, Evangeline Lilly’s Hope Van Dyne.
For most of us, we’ve known for some time that Hope has been destined to become the Wasp. For others, they were given quite a treat at the end of Ant-Man, as Hope was finally given what she’s always wanted from her father, a chance to take over the mantle her mother died with, the power of the Wasp. While it may seem like Ant-Man included Hope’s origin, that apparently isn’t the case according to Lilly.
Following Ant-Man, it only made sense that Hope and the Wasp would be a huge part moving forward, with the eventual title reveal locking that into place. But how big of a role does she have moving forward? Lilly set the record straight this past weekend at NYCC, where she revealed the journey her character will take in the next few Marvel movies. According to Lilly, Ant-Man and the Wasp will serve as an origin story for both Hope and the Wasp, where we will get to see her in the suit and flying around for the first time. Lilly continued by saying that they “definitely” want to save this reveal for a standalone movie, which is why we won’t be seeing Hope or the Wasp in Avengers: Infinity War, but rather in Avengers 4, which comes out the following year after Ant-Man and the Wasp.
Outside of the team-up, we know close to nothing about the anticipated sequel. The script has been by finished, but it’s waiting to be approved. But with Ant-Man having an impactful role in Captain America: Civil War and keeping in mind that films ending, the sequel is definitely lying in a very interesting spot. Not only is Scott Lang a fugitive on the run with his other Team Cap members, but it will be set in both a post Civil War and Infinity War world. That definitely leaves some interesting things ahead for these characters.
Now that you know my thoughts, I want to know what you think. Were you a fan of Ant-Man? Did it exceed your expectations? What about the Hope Van Dyne character and her Wasp destiny? Peyton Reed’s Ant-Man and the Wasp flies into theaters on July 6th, 2018.