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Evangiline Lilly

Evangeline Lilly – who is best know for her performance as Kate on the J.J. Abrams produced ABC sci-fi mystery series Lost – has been steadily building up quite the CV after an initially quite stint when Lost officially went off the air in 2010. Starring in films such as the Hugh Jackman vehicle Real Steel, and having a prominent role in Peter Jackson‘s Hobbit trilogy playing elf warrior Tauriel, has no doubt upped her stock in Holywood. Now, with another starring role in Marvel Studios Ant-Man (playing Hank Pym‘s daughter), Lilly is set to grace the big screen again as part of the Marvel Cinematic Universe in mid July 2015. While promoting The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies, Lilly has been spilling the beans on the storyline of the tightly-lipped Peyton Reed vehicle.

Lilly spoke with CNN about playing Hope Van Dyne, the daughter of Hank Pym (Michael Douglas), the mastermind scientist who created Pym particles. Here is what she let slip:

“[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.

Additionally, she talks about the film being very much a “good heist film.”:

[‘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.”

So, as Lilly lays a lot of emphasis on the heist aspect, we are guessing Hank Pym uses Pym particles on Scott Lang (Paul Rudd) – who is a “master thief” – and, no doubt becomes a super-master-thief of diminutive proportions. Also, we are going to take a guess that the “fun” element is going to be Scott Lang trying to get used to his new powers. It’s merely just a stab in the dark, but the movie sounds like it is gonna be a fun ride. As Hope is masterminding the heist along with her father Hank Pym and Scott Lang, it sounds as if Lilly is gonna have a big part to play in the film – which is great (we’re certainly not complaining!).

Marvel's Hall H Panel For "Ant-Man"

Lilly’s mention of Ant-Man and the Wasp being the “founders” of the Avengers will no doubt raise a few eyebrows, as neither character has been introduced into the Marvel Cinematic Universe as of yet – however, comic readers will know that it was Hank Pym who created Ultron in the comics, and not Robert Downey Jn’s Tony Stark/Iron Man, so this suggests that he previously worked with S.H.E.I.L.D. and perhaps even “the Avenger initiative“. With the casting call a while back looking for Hayley Atwell lookalikes, we are going to take a wild guess and say that there will be flashbacks with the original Ant-Man (a younger Hank Pym) and Agent Carter. Obviously this is all speculative as Lilly could be talking about the characters’ comic book origins, but with a retroactive look at the older heroes being part of the S.H.E.I.L.D. programme; it could be great way to facilitate the introduction of Scott Lang into the MCU (being Hank’s wingman and all…).

This all bodes well for the female heroes, as Lilly sounds like she is going to have a much larger part in Ant-Man, than originally expected. Who knows, maybe Hope could be joining Scarlett Johansson’s Black Widow and (the as of yet uncast) Captain Marvel, which is due for a release sometime in 2018.

It sounds like it is going to be a fun ride, and the movie boasts a great cast. Also, it sounds like it could be quite a departure from other Marvel affair; which isn’t a bad thing at all – just look at Guardians Of The Galaxy. Now that the movie has entered post-production stages, it wont be long until we see a teaser trailer.

Who is excited about the upcoming Ant-Man movie? Does anyone hold any reservations? Let us know peeps!

Ant-Man will wrap up Phase 2 of the Marvel Cinematic Universe on July 17, 2015

Via – ScreenRant

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