Evangeline Lilly, the center of everyone’s favorite love triangle on that much missed show of the early aughts, Lost, may be on track to receive her own solo Wasp film. Lilly’s Wasp will join Paul Rudd’s Antman in summer 2018 for the Ant-Man sequel, Ant-Man and the Wasp, but writer Adam McKay has indicated that may not be the last we see of the Marvel heroine. It all depends, it would seem, upon the success of the upcoming sequel. 2015’s Ant-Man was another success for the Marvel franchise, bringing in a worldwide total of $519.3 and sitting well with both critics and the general population. But will returns like that be enough to get Wasp her own movie?
In the first film, it was Lilly’s Hope van Dyne who taught Rudd’s Scott Lang how to fight and hone the powers of his suit. She was the contributing factor that turned white collar criminal Lang into the super hero Ant-Man. Yet even so, she never got to slip into the suit herself, and she made no secret of how much that irked her. A scene in the credits, though, shows that her father Dr. Hank Pym, the original Ant-Man, and his wife Janet had been working on a prototype before she sadly passed. Hank realizes that the suit is and always has been intended for Hope.
While Hope will get to don her suit in the sequel, and take on her codename, Wasp, there could be even more good news coming the character’s way. Screenwriter Adam McKay told IGN that while he’s open to penning the sequel, he has not been asked as of yet. But he is very open to the idea, saying “I love working on those–it’s really fun”. He also went on to say that he would be open to writing a Wasp solo movie as well. On whether there is a chance for one, he says:
“Possibly. I think it all depends on this sequel and how the character plays. Certainly there’s a lot of female superheroes in the Marvel universe so I’m sure you’re going to see them start to spread out. They sort of started with their kind of bedrock characters from the 60s and the 70s and I think you saw more of an explosion of female characters happening in the 80s and then the 90s. X-men obviously has great female characters, but that’d be interesting a Wasp movie. I don’t know, that’d be very interesting. I always think of the two of them as kind of together–they always were in the comics–but why not. Sure.”
So, admittedly, that doesn’t sound like the most promising statement. But as female characters gain more ground in the Marvel universe, and Hollywood in general, it doesn’t seem at all out of the realm of possibility. Especially, as McKay stated, if the character is very well received. But would Wasp be the first Marvel heroine to get her own stand-alone? Who knows. She is certainly worthy, but so are a host of others. Either way, fingers crossed for an awesome sequel in 2018!