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Kevin Feige on the journey to bring The Wasp into the MCU and #HopeForHope

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Jul 9, 2018

The Wasp is the final character from Avengers Issue #1 to make her way to the big screen as part of the Marvel Cinematic Universe this month in Ant-Man and the Wasp. But the Wasp also holds another honor as the first female superhero in the MCU to have her name in the title of the film.

Below are MAJOR spoilers for Ant-Man and the Wasp.

There are a couple of female superheroes that have been in the MCU for several years. Black Widow (Scarlett Johansson) first appeared in Iron Man 2 back in 2010. Elizabeth Olsen joined the crew as the Scarlet Witch in Avengers: Age of Ultron. But the Wasp is the only female founding member of the Avengers and the final to make an appearance, first in a flashback during Ant-Man and now in an entire film surrounding Hope van Dyne's journey to find her mother Janet (Michelle Pfeiffer), the original Wasp.

The events of Ant-Man and the Wasp lead up to Avengers: Infinity War and address the aftermath of that film in a post-credit scene. So when SYFY FANGRRLS sat down with Marvel Studios head Kevin Feige, we asked not only about the journey to bring the Wasp into the MCU, but also about the mid-credits scene that left her return in question. (Check out the other, non-spoilery half of our interview with Feige here!)

From the first Ant-Man film, it was clear that you were setting up to have the Wasp come in. Was it always the plan to have her join the MCU? Like, let's say there wasn't a sequel to Ant-Man, was the Wasp going to join the MCU no matter what?

Yeah, for sure. And you've probably heard in the past, Joss Whedon mentioned that the Wasp was in an early draft of The Avengers. The Wasp was, as Evangeline said today in the panel, in early versions of [Captain America] Civil War, where she showed up in Germany for that big airport battle. And each time it felt like we weren't doing justice to that character to just debut it like that. Even Evangeline today [said] that she was happy when we didn't. Because I was gonna have to call and say, "You're going be in Civil War. Yay!" Then go, "Actually not." And knowing that she knew inherently what we figured out, which is, make the whole movie [about the Wasp]. You want to see her in the whole movie.

So now we've had two films following the story of Hope, and that's how we found is the best way to build an iconic character like that. We've gotten to know Iron Man over many films. We've gotten to know Thor over many films. Got to know Steve Rogers over many films. And then now, Hope van Dyne is in that pantheon.

Well, she kinda disappeared at the end of this one, though. Is there any hope that she'll be back?

She's joined the great pantheon of amazing heroes who disappeared, right?

Right. But, I mean, I guess I want a little bit of hope in my heart that she's returning. Hope that Hope is returning. Is there anything you can say about it?

No.

OK. I figured.

You start #HopeForHope.

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And so today, obviously, we are. Spread the word. #HopeForHope

Ant-Man and the Wasp is in theaters now.