The Marvel Cinematic Universe (MCU) links Marvel characters in an overarching plot, with 17 films to its name—and counting. Actress Evangeline Lilly, who plays Hope van Dyne, a.k.a. Wasp, has an idea on how to expand the sprawling storyline even more.
Disney C.E.O. Bob Iger told Vanity Fair, “We’re looking for completely different realms within Marvel… that are completely separate from the worlds we’ve already visited. They can be separate geographically, or separate in time—not just in place but in time. So there’s almost, it’s not quite infinite, but the directions we could go are extraordinary.”
Responding to that, Lilly suggested Marvel’s next step could be a small one…by bringing characters into the quantum realm.
As Lilly said,
"[Ant-Man and the Wasp] are experts in the quantum realm. In Ant-Man and the Wasp, they are trying everything in their power to safely enter the quantum realm and return back from it because they have evidence from the first film that Scott Lang was able to do that. If he can do it, why can’t we? If we do succeed in Ant-Man and the Wasp, then that does open a whole entire new multi-verse to enter into and play around in. I’m not the story creator, so I can’t tell you what they’re going to do with that. But I definitely see the potential there."
As you may recall from the 2015 movie Ant-Man, where Lilly made her MCU debut, her on-screen father Hank Pym is painfully familiar with the quantum realm. He describes it as “a reality where all concepts of time and space become irrelevant as you shrink for all eternity. Everything that you know, and love, gone forever.”
He should know. He lost his wife Janet to the quantum realm. While diffusing a nuclear missile, she shrank forever downward, never to be seen again (at least for now).
Lilly also hints there are big changes coming to the MCU: “We are hitting that [Lost] Season 4 space where everything’s about to shift, and you’re about to lose the solid ground underneath you. And [Ant-Man and the Wasp], of course, will play a part in that.”
Lilly will be reprising her role as Hope van Dyne in Ant-Man and the Wasp and the currently untitled Avengers 4. She and co-star Paul Rudd have filmed both movies simultaneously.