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If you saw Ant-Man And The Wasp in theaters this past summer, there's a good chance that you heard a number of gasps during the movie's mid-credits sequence. It's a rather devastating setup ultimately, with Hope van Dyne and her parents killed by Thanos' snap (a carryover from Avengers: Infinity War) and Scott Lang left trapped in the Quantum Realm. It was even pretty shocking for star Evangeline Lilly, who recently had this to say about the scene:
With Ant-Man And The Wasp being made available for digital download this week, I had the chance to hop on the phone with Evangeline Lilly yesterday to talk about the movie, and my first question for her was about the end credits scene. I asked what her initial reaction was to the news that Hope van Dyne a.k.a. Wasp would be turned to dust, and while she was incredulous at first, not fully believing she is actually dead, the full weight of it eventually hit her.
Evangeline Lilly certainly isn't alone in her "I just got here!" sentiments, as fans have been awaiting the big screen debut of The Wasp for years. Not only was she constantly rumored as part of the Marvel Cinematic Universe's Phase One (both when Ant-Man was in early stages and when Black Widow was only a maybe for Avengers), but the costume was heavily teased in the mid-credits sequence of Ant-Man, and she had to be written out of Captain America: Civil War. Peyton Reed's Ant-Man And The Wasp finally let us see the heroine in action -- but now, thanks to Thanos, she is currently dead in the MCU.
At the same time, however, Evangeline Lilly's first thoughts are also spot on, because it's impossible to believe that a character as important as Wasp is going to be killed off after one movie of superheroics. It's not even a problem time travel would really solve, since she truly spent very little time actually suiting up. We know that Lilly is going to be in Avengers 4, so she is coming back somehow, but the exact details are currently a mystery.
Will it be time travel? Multiverse crossovers? Reality shifts? Whatever your theory is, we want to hear it in the comments section below.
While we wait for Avengers 4, which is currently scheduled for the first week of May 2019, fans can now revisit Evangeline Lilly kicking ass in Ant-Man And The Wasp on digital from Amazon, iTunes, Google, Vudu, and other retailers. And for all you physical copy fans, the movie will be available on 4K, Blu-ray and DVD October 16th.