If you're wondering which direction Ant Man and The Wasp will be headed in the Marvel Cinematic Universe following Avengers: Infinity War, it seems the answer might be a bit more cosmic than expected. As in, cosmic realm.
We knew when news broke that Michelle Pfeiffer had joined the project as Janet van Dyne (mother to Lilly's character Hope van Dyne) that she would likely be a significant part of the plot. C’mon, it’s Pfeiffer’s first superhero movie since she played Catwoman in Batman Returns! And now Lilly has confessed that the bulk of her arc will follow her character’s quest to find her.
At the end of Ant-Man, Hope receives the super-suit that had been designed for Janet, aka the Wasp, who was believed to be dead after disappearing into a subatomic quantum realm while disabling a Soviet nuclear missile. But it seems things are obviously not as final as once thought.
“Scott entered the Quantum Realm in the first film and came back, which is something they thought was impossible,” Lilly tells EW. “The question has arisen, ‘Can Janet come back?’ So the entire film, my character is hell-bent on finding a way to get into the Quantum Realm and bring her back.”
Elsewhere in the interview, Lilly talks about the importance of the project being the first female superhero to appear in the title of a Marvel Cinematic Universe film. Lilly said: “It means a lot to me. If I’m honest with myself, I feel a lot of pressure to make sure that it is everything that the world wants it to be.”
The movie is also flipping the script by making the film’s main villain a woman (Ghost, who was always depicted as a man in the comics) played by Ready Player One and Killjoys actress Hannah John-Kamen. Director Peyton Reed told EW: “The Ghost character could be male, female, anything, so it just seemed more interesting to us [to cast a woman].”
OK, we’re still waiting for our first female-led Marvel movie (hurry up, Captain Marvel) but Ant Man and The Wasp seems equipped with some major girl power in the meantime, and we’re very much here for it.
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