Ant-Man and The Wasp will fly into theaters soon, but the latest buzz is that Evangeline Lilly, who will return to the franchise as insectile super-heroine Hope van Dyne, aka The Wasp, can see parallels between the Wasp-Ant Man team and two dynamic duos who came before.
“The thing I’m really the most excited about now is that it’s a duo,” Lilly said regarding her character’s partnership with Paul Rudd’s Ant-Man in an interview with the Toronto Sun. “I just think that there’s a cross between Moonlighting and Batman and Robin.”
She actually means Batman and Robin fighting their way through the crime-riddled history of Gotham City, not the so-bad-it-was-good 1997 movie. Not that there’s anything wrong with that.
“Everyone liked watching Batman and Robin fighting together because that dynamic is more interesting than one person fighting alone,” Lilly said. “But add to that the chemistry that Hope and Scott have and also the rub that they have because their personalities don’t match. That duo is really dynamic; it’s really exciting for me to be a part of it.”
Think about what makes Batman and Robin so ironclad. They may not always get it together right away, especially with Bruce Wayne skulking around his mansion all day and the Boy Wonder sometimes being too much boy and not enough wonder, but once they do, they really answer the Batsignal. There is no stopping the grappling hooks and epic Batmobile chases of (usually) the Joker when those two are switched on.
Maddie Hayes and David Addison of Moonlighting were basically Mulder and Scully before The X-Files even existed, except they dealt with human crime instead of paranormal activity. Put aside Maddie’s usual barrage of comebacks to David’s suggestive remarks and the undercurrent of sexual tension that Maddie is constantly in denial about, and this pair will get right down to investigating the scum of L.A.
Both of these duos are so indestructible because they are extensions of each other. Even when one doesn’t get it (Robin) or the other needs to pause and actually listen (David), they always find a way to put that aside when faced with crime, which is why Lilly believes that in terms of dynamics, the Wasp and Ant-Man are a dream mashup of the two teams.
Lilly also mentioned that while she was beyond excited to see her character as the first female titled character in a Marvel movie, that honor really belonged to someone else.
“I was honored to do that, but I also felt like maybe it should have been Scarlett [Johansson], because she’s earned it,” Lilly admitted.
Maybe we’ll see the Wasp and Black Widow joining forces to sting villains in the future?
Ant-Man and The Wasp lands in theaters on July 6.
(via Toronto Sun)