Lost and The Hobbit star Evangeline Lilly has hinted that she may play a bigger part in the Marvel Cinematic Universe, confirming that she has been fitted for a superhero suit that may see her become The Wasp, the alter-ego of her Ant-Man character, Hope van Dyne.
Speaking on her official Facebook page, Lilly revealed the following.
“I was scanned for #TheWasp suit, but then I got pregnant. Let’s hope I fit it again! #ineedtime!”
Comicbook.com reported that Lilly was originally meant to make her debut as The Wasp in upcoming blockbuster, Captain America: Civil War, but was removed. SlashFilm interviewed Marvel Studios head, Kevin Feige, and asked him the reason for her exclusion.
“She was included in early versions of Civil War but there are so many characters in Civil War that we didn’t want to do her a disservice, like she flies in, ‘I’ve got the costume now’, and she flies out. With Ant-Man, and I’m not saying that’s what Ant-Man does in the movie, but we already know him, we’ve already seen him. We haven’t seen her as Wasp and we don’t want to rob the opportunity of seeing her in the outfit for at least almost the first time, and seeing her dynamic with Scott in a way it could play out, so we’re saving it. But it’s going to be in Phase three for sure.”
Ant-Man was released during the summer and starred Paul Rudd as the miniature superhero. It has taken a global box office of $347 million to date, toppling other blockbusters from the top spot — as revealed by the Inquisitr.
Total Film also reports that Lilly has been discussing how her character changed when director Peyton Reed took over the helm from Edgar Wright.
“She became more relatable and a little less like an original, 1960’s comic book character… I LOVED both versions, but the version we settled with fit better in the #marvelverse. I’d still love to do Edgar Wright’s version, too.”
Ant-Man was a welcome addition to the Marvel Cinematic Universe, a franchise that includes Iron Man, Captain America, Thor, and The Avengers, which broke box office records with a $1.5 billion gross, and become the third highest grossing movie of all time.
A sequel to Ant-Man is yet to receive the green light from Marvel, but with Captain America: Civil War scheduled for a May 6, 2016 release, and Lilly signing a multi-film deal with Marvel, it seems it’s only a matter of time until we see The Wasp fly into the Marvel Universe.
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