Why The Wasp's Origin Story Will Be Unusual, According To Evangeline Lilly

Evangeline Lilly as Hope van Dyne in Ant-Man and the Wasp

Scott Lang may have been Ant-Man's main protagonist, but if it wasn't for Hope van Dyne and Hank Pym's training, he wouldn't have mastered shrinking and been able to properly hold his own in a fight. Ant-Man chronicled Scott's journey to becoming a superhero, but in the movie's mid-credits scene, we learned that Hope would be setting off on that journey soon, too. This summer, Ant-Man and the Wasp will finally see Hope suiting up as The Wasp, but unlike other superhero origin stories, you won't see her making a lot of mistakes during her first costumed outing. As Evangeline Lilly explained:

You've never seen a superhero origin story with less blunders. She knows what she's doing, and she's been grooming herself for this moment her whole life. The satisfaction in watching her finally get to live it out is really fun.

Looking back on Hope van Dyne's role in Ant-Man, Evangeline Lilly's comment to USA Today makes sense. Hope may not have been the one who donned the Ant-Man suit, but between being a skilled fighter and having plenty of experience with communicating and controlling ants, she was way more qualified to harness the power of the Pym Particles. The only reason she didn't become Ant-Woman (or whatever you want to call her) is because Scott was a better thief and Hank was worried about losing his daughter like his lost his wife, Janet. Now that she has her own super suit, Hope can finally put her skills to proper use and needn't worry about learning the "craft" as she goes along.

That being said, being a superhero isn't easy, no matter how experienced you are. Throw in a healthy amount of unpredictability, and it stands to reason that Hope will probably make a mistake or two during Ant-Man and the Wasp. She just won't make as many as she would have if she was a novice.

Picking up after Scott Lang was broken out of The Raft prison at the end of Captain America: Civil War, Ant-Man and the Wasp will follow Scott trying to balance his home life with his responsibilities as Ant-Man, but when Hank Pym and Hope van Dyne track him down and recruit him for a new mission (which will involve them attempting to venture into the Quantum Realm), he'll learn to work in the field alongside Hope in her new costumed persona. Along with most of the original movie's cast returning, Ant-Man and the Wasp's new players include Michelle Pfeiffer's Janet van Dyne, Laurence Fishburne's Bill Foster, Hannah John-Kamen's Ghost, Walton Goggins' Sonny Burch and Randall Park's Jimmy Woo.

Ant-Man and the Wasp buzzes into theaters on July 6. Keep checking in with CinemaBlend for more updates about the movie, and don't forget to look through our Marvel movies guide to see what else the MCU has in development.

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