Evangeline Lilly’s Hope van Dyne wasn’t exactly sidelined during the first Ant-Man movie, but she was clearly waiting for her chance to step up as a heroine in her own right. Later this week, Ant-Man and the Wasp gives Hope the spotlight as she becomes the first woman to co-headline a Marvel Studios movie. No one is more excited about this than Lilly herself. When SYFY WIRE recently caught up with Lilly, she was effusive about her expanded role and the costume she gets to wear on screen.
“I felt sexy and strong in that suit,” said Lilly. “I love my suit. I love being the Wasp. I love that it's finally getting out to audiences. We've been working on it so long and hard for the last year. It's just a big moment and I'm excited.”
As the titular heroine, Lilly was responsible for more than just her performance. She also took an active role in helping Marvel’s creative team make a Wasp outfit that empowered her and enhanced her ability to portray the character.
“What I wear informs how I feel in transforming into this character,” explained Lilly. “The hair, the makeup, the wardrobe which you put on... for me it's putting on the character. So if I put on that suit and it felt wrong, it felt ugly, [or] it made me feel uncomfortable, then I wouldn't have felt powerful, and I wouldn't have felt capable, and I wouldn't have felt like a superhero. So I needed that suit to be absolutely perfect, and it was.”
Lilly also shared her excitement about working with Michelle Pfeiffer, the veteran actress who portrays the original Wasp and Hope’s mother, Janet van Dyne. To catch more of Lilly’s thoughts, watch the entire interview, then let us know your thoughts in the comments!