Ant-Man and the Wasp: Quantumania’s Evangeline Lilly says reading the new script finally helped her understand her character, Hope van Dyne.
Ant man 3Evangeline Lilly says she finally understands her character Hope van Dyne. Formerly known for the TV series Lost, the Canadian actress joined the Marvel Cinematic Universe in 2015 Ant man as a possible second iteration of Wasp that reflects this role in both Ant man and the wasp and Avengers: Endgame. The next movie in her character’s core saga, Ant Man and the Wasp: QuantumaniaThe release is currently planned for February 17, 2023.
While both Lilly’s character and her counterpart, Paul Rudd’s Scott Lang, have played a more tangential role in the MCU so far, fans expect that to change with director Peyton Reed’s third film in the series. Ant Man and the Wasp: Quantumania is the next confirmed appearance of Jonathan Majors as Kang the Conqueror, who was teased in the finale by Loki next big bath from Marvel Studios. With the movie way out on the Marvel release calendar, the story is still kept a secret, but Wasp could very well become humanity’s first line of defense against a force with a proven ability to dominate the time-space continuum.
According to an interview with THR, that delayed spotlight may have been beneficial to Lilly, who believes she has finally cracked her enigmatic character. She describes Hope as her most difficult role to understand, and despite having played it in three films, it finally clicked to read the script Ant man 3. Not that she expects anyone watching her to notice:
Hope is a strange mystery to me. But the truth is, I have a harder time knowing and understanding Hope than any other character I’ve ever played. And that’s what I’ll say after reading the script [Quantumania], I had a kind of eureka moment; I said to Peyton, ‘Oh my god, I think I’ll finally get her.’ So I hope that when we get through to graduation and when I see the movie, I will see the difference. But I don’t think anyone else will. I think I’m a good bluffer. I live with that. But I know the difference and I hope that in this film I will get the feeling that I can see him and say, “Yes, you have her better under control in this film than ever before.” At least that’s my goal. This is my hope.
Though always strong, intelligent, and capable, Hope has grown significantly since her introduction when she became estranged from her father and resented his choosing Scott to carry on his legacy. Becoming the Wasp is an important step in this transition that will allow her to accept the fate she has always felt to be her, but her arc is also closely tied to the concept of the family. After growing up shaped by the loss of her mother and the difficult relationship with her father, she wins one back in each of the first two films, which must have profoundly influenced her psyche.
Marvel fans will likely agree with Lilly that her inability to fully understand her character by this point was not noticeable, but even if they can’t tell the difference in her performance, her reveal is definitely good news. The Wasp actress has already said that she believes that Ant man 3 The script is the best in the franchise, and if it gives her the key to unlocking Hope, it could do the same for the audience. As the MCU’s first female superhero featured in a movie title, it would be a welcome development to give her serious attention in the next film.
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