As comic book fans know, the Wasp was part of the first team of The Avengers along with the Hulk, Iron Man, Thor, and Ant-Man. In fact, the Wasp has been at the centre of many Avengers rosters in the team’s 50-year history, but when it comes to the movies, we’ve had two Avengers movies go by now without the Wasp, and Evangeline Lilly, who plays the Marvel Cinematic Universe iteration of the character. She even had to sit out Civil War even though Ant-Man Paul Rudd went into battle. Well, like all things Marvel, there is a plan, and the plan is to make the Wasp an Avenger, just not immediately.
While talking to Blastr, Lilly shared what she knew about the Wasp’s future, and more those expecting her to be a part of the cast of thousands in 2018’s Avengers: Infinity War, hold your horses, because Hope van Dyne will be sitting out Infinity War. “The Wasp won’t be in the first part, she’ll be in the second part because they really want to preserve that reveal for Ant-Man and the Wasp so they can give it its due time,” Lilly said.
Of course, by Ant-Man and the Wasp she means Ant-Man and the Wasp, the sequel to the 2015 hit Ant-Man that is scheduled to be released in July 2018, which is between the release of Infinity War in May 2018, and the release of the as-yet untitled Avengers 4 in May 2019. Given that, it shouldn’t come as much a surprise that Marvel would want to hold on to the reveal of Lilly as the Wasp for the movie that bears her name.
Speaking of that film, Lilly shared what little she knew about the project with Blastr. “Right now, an initial script has been created, but it has not been approved by the higher powers that be, by [Kevin] Feige. So I haven’t seen it yet, I haven’t actually seen the script,” she said. “I have talked to Peyton [Reed] about where they’re heading and what they want to focus on. I’m excited because it’s essentially going to be the origin of the Wasp. Of course, we’re going to see the Wasp for the first time take on the mantle and put on the suit and fly about and do her thing.”
The logistics of this will be interesting. Avengers 3 and 4 will begin shooting sometime before the end of the year for what’s rumored to be a nine month shoot; Ant-Man and the Wasp will then likely begin production sometime in mid-2017. Avengers: Infinity War will be in theatres everywhere on May 3, 2018, Ant-Man and the Wasp will then follow on July 6, 2018, and then Avengers 4 will land on May 3, 2019. Stay tuned for more news as it becomes available.