Today is the 100th anniversary of Jack Kirby's birth, a man who did more for superhero comics and the way we view the comic book medium than any other in history. Through his work for hire at Marvel Comics and DC Comics, where he created and co-created entire universes, his influence is felt all over the worlds of comics, and in the TV and films made based on them.
One of his co-creations is The Wasp. A founding Avenger in the pages of Marvel Comics, The Wasp will finally fly to the big screen in Ant-Man and the Wasp next year, with Evangeline Lilly donning the costume and teaming up with Paul Rudd's Ant-Man. In celebration of Kirby's 100th, she took to Twitter to show off the first look at her in the Wasp costume.
"I am honoured to be on set today playing #TheWasp on what would be Jack Kirby's 100th Birthday," Lilly wrote, also adding "#ThankYouJackKirby."
Interestingly, it is not the exact costume we saw at the end of Ant-Man in the post-credits scene as she had it revealed to her. The color has shifted considerably, replacing the golds with more black, the collar is extended, and the design is slightly simplified. There are also sleeves on the costume, which the original reveal did not have. It's not quite armor, but not simply spandex either, and it's fun to think she gets to put a personal touch on it. It's also not the same costume we saw on the SDCC 2017 poster just a month and change ago, which had gold elements more akin to her most common comic book costume of the last 15 years or so. Perhaps we'll see Wasp go through multiple versions of the costume in the film, a nice nod to her constantly changing threads in the comics.
Of course, we don't get the wings yet, and we don't get to see it in action or anything, since it's just a still of her in full, regular human size, but it's a nice tease nonetheless. We will actually see two wasps in the film, as Michelle Pfeiffer is playing the original, Janet van Dyne, while Lilly's Hope van Dyne takes up her mother's legacy and mantle.
Ant-Man and the Wasp, from director Peyton Reed, is filming now for a July 6, 2018, release.