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. (more…)
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? (more…)
Maybe you’ve seen Ant-Man by now and have lingering questions about exactly what goes down in the mid-credits and post-credits scenes. Maybe you haven’t seen the film yet and would like some more knowledge to arm yourself with going in. Maybe you’re like me and have seen the movie twice already and just think it’s really, really good (in my review of Ant-Man, I mentioned that these two scenes exist, but kept it spoiler-free). Whatever the case, here’s some deeper info you might not know about the “secret” Ant-Man scenes – and it should go without saying here, but you’re entering MAJOR SPOILER TERRITORY, so consider yourself warned.
Long time Marvel fans have always felt a little uneasy about the exclusion of both Ant-Man and the Wasp from the MCU, since both were founding members of the Avengers. This anxiety was compounded when a solo Ant-Man film was announced without any mention of Janet Van Dyne. Well let your nerd fears be quelled, internet – looks like we’ll get to see the Wasp afterall! (more…)
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. (more…)
When Evangeline Lilly was cast in ‘Ant-Man,’ everybody thought she was a great pick to play Janet Van Dyne’s Wasp, the comic book founding member of the Avengers. Then, news broke out that she would actually be playing Hope Van Dyne, Janet’s and Hank Pym’s daughter (some sites are calling her Hope Pym – IMDB isn’t doing either). We all started to wonder who would be playing the Wasp in that film, especially when it was reported that Janet, if alive, would be a senior citizen by then. It started to make some kind of sense that Marvel Studios would choose against plotting Hank and Jan’s relationship because it had some very dark clouds above it. But fans still wanted their Wasp and it wasn’t looking like we were gonna get her until today. (more…)
I don’t know a heck of a lot about Hank Pym/Ant-Man. But it seems like everything I do know is being shuffled around until the only source bit sustained is that a superhero shrinks small. The Wasp is a hugely important character in his life and it doesn’t look like she’ll ever see the light of film. Pym is played by an old guy when his comic book compatriots are about his age. And it looks like we’ll gloss over most Pym-ly aspects of the Marvel Cinematic Universe and focus on his successor Scott Lang for the upcoming movie. As evidence to back that up, Director Peyton Reed, looking like the dean from ‘Community,’ told Screen Rant that a pivotal character will be featured in the film. This person IN / The Wasp OUT. And so it goes. (more…)
Since the first ‘Avengers’ film came out, geeks like myself have been wondering about what would happen with comics founding member The Wasp. With a handful of wonderful actresses who could potentially deliver a great Janet Van Dyne, we thought maybe she’d come in for the second film, show up in someone else’s, etc. Eva Longeria could’ve done it; Morena Baccarin would’ve been an acceptable choice; Rashida Jones might’ve finally jumped out of my dreams and into some skin-tight black leather. Moreover, Ant-Man co-star Evangeline Lilly would’ve been a top notch choice for the role. But, when Michael Douglas dropped by Comic Con and gave a little back-story on the film’s depiction of Hank Pym, it seemed to kibosh the likelihood of seeing the Wasp in the Marvel Cinematic Universe. Ever. (Possible SPOILERS) (more…)
With Edgar Wright’s Ant-Man hitting the big screen in 2015 as part of Marvel’s ‘Phase 3’, it’s probably about time they get to working on it. And with the many decisions on how to put it together comes the need for some casting. Being that The Wasp is a major part of the Ant-Man storyline, it only seems logical that she would be making some sort of appearance and now it looks like there may be an actress already lined up to take on that role. (more…)
Earlier this week, the Director’s Guild of America hosted a sold out screening of The Avengers, which also featured a Q&A with none other than the film’s writer and director Joss Whedon. Naturally, nothing even remotely newsworthy came out of the discussion.
While being grilled by Jeff Goldsmith of Backstory Magazine, Whedon let slip some subtle info about the team’s next challenge in The Avengers 2, and how The Wasp almost made the cut. As for the former, Whedon’s references about the future of the franchise began with a discussion of its past. Whedon says that he originally had more than one villain in mind for the film saying that he felt that the team needed more than Loki to justify their teaming up.
“But it took me a long time to accept that because I was like, ‘they need someone to hit,’” Whedon said. When pressed to say who that villain would be, Whedon said, “I’m not gonna tell you that because that person might crop up another time.”
As for his attempts to get in another one of the founding members of The Avengers into the script, it seemed that the director’s attempts to recruit The Wasp might have cost the film Scarlett Johansson‘s Black Widow. “[I wrote a] very Wasp-y draft,” said Whedon but, “it was way too Wasp-y. Cause I was like, ‘She’s adorable!’ I’m just gonna write her!’”
Another piece of interesting quotable that came out of the Q&A was Whedon’s response to which Star Wars is better: A New Hope or The Empire Strikes Back? “I still believe that even though The Empire Strikes Back is better in innumerable ways than Star Wars,” said Whedon. “Star Wars wins because you can’t end a movie with Han frozen in Carbonite. That’s not a movie, it’s an episode.”
And on the subject of franchising films, let’s just say that the filmmaker isn’t a fan of using one movie to tee up a series. “I rail against those movies,” he said. “Let’s just take a moment of honesty here and say Jumper.”
The Q&A will likely make a future podcast episode of The Q&A With Jeff Goldsmith. Watch your iTunes queue for it.