Ant-Man and the Wasp star Evangeline Lilly revealed in a recent interview the awkward way she found out about her character Hope van Dyne’s final moment in the film.
Fans of the Marvel Cinematic Universe were given a pretty shocking surprise at the end of Avengers: Infinity War. Not only did Thanos (Josh Brolin) successfully complete his mission but the heroes he took out along the way shocked audiences to the core, especially characters like Black Panther (Chadwick Boseman) and Spider-Man (Tom Holland), who had only appeared twice in the franchise before being taken out by Thanos. After this, fans knew that Ant-Man and the Wasp would have to tie into the shocking event somehow and they did just that during the end credits, by trapping Ant-Man (Paul Rudd) in the Quantum Realm after Wasp, along with Hank Pym (Michael Douglas) and Janet Van Dyne (Michelle Pfeiffer), fall victim to Thanos’ snap.
When you’re headlining your own Marvel sequel, it’s surely not a great feeling to hear that you die at the end of it all. Well, dead for a time, at least. But nonetheless, Lilly revealed to CBR that the moment she found out about the scene was just as awkward as you’re probably thinking.
“So, as you probably know, Marvel notoriously has script revisions like every day of shooting. So you kind of get used to showing up on set and being told, like, ‘Oh, here’s some pages. This is what we’re shooting today.’ There was one of these days, where we showed up and were like, “So, what exactly is happening today? What are we shooting?’, ‘Oh here are some pages. Here’s what we’re shooting today.’ This is one of the last days of shooting the whole movie and, you know, we saw the Snappening — well, we read about the Snappening.”
Lily then revealed that she still didn’t quite get what was happening, resulting in a very awkward attempt to perform this pivotal moment that ties into the whole MCU.
“At the time, we still didn’t really entirely know what exactly that was, and it’s because we hadn’t seen or been part of shooting Infinity War. We really didn’t know what it was supposed to look like, either! And so we were in this sort of awkward position of shooting something that –we knew, like, the basic idea. We knew that Thanos had snapped his fingers and people disappeared, but we didn’t know…I hadn’t seen Tom Holland crying out and begging Iron Man to ‘Please, please, I don’t want to go I don’t want to go’ and we hadn’t seen the emotion or the drama or the sort of angst and maybe pain surrounding the ashing or the Snappening when we were shooting it. I don’t think [director] Peyton [Reed] really even knew what that was supposed to look like or be, because none of us had been a part of Avengers: Infinity War.”
If you’ve seen Ant-Man and the Wasp then you know that we never actually see the Van Dynes go. The camera simply cuts back to them and they’ve already completely turned to ash. According to Lily, they shot actual footage of the characters dying but she thinks it never made the final cut because of the awkward acting.
“So I kind of got a giggle when I saw the final product, because they basically just cut our reactions out completely and cut to ash, which is, of course, much more dramatic and worked very well for the scene, but also is probably a result of the fact that we totally blew it. [laughs] None of knew what we were doing! I think we made it look a little bit more like an ascension to heaven than any sort of negative and scary happening.”
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Here is the synopsis for the film:
From the Marvel Cinematic Universe comes a new chapter featuring heroes with the astonishing ability to shrink: “Ant-Man and The Wasp.” In the aftermath of “Captain America: Civil War,” Scott Lang (Rudd) grapples with the consequences of his choices as both a Super Hero and a father. As he struggles to rebalance his home life with his responsibilities as Ant-Man, he’s confronted by Hope van Dyne (Lilly) and Dr. Hank Pym (Douglas) with an urgent new mission. Scott must once again put on the suit and learn to fight alongside The Wasp as the team works together to uncover secrets from their past.
Directed by Peyton Reed, Ant-Man and the Wasp stars Paul Rudd as Scott Lang, Evangeline Lilly as Hope Van Dyne, Michael Douglas as Hank Pym, Michael Peña as Luis, David Dastmalchian as Kurt, Judy Greer as Maggie, Randall Park as Agent Jimmy Woo, Laurence Fishburne as Dr. Bill Foster, Walton Goggins as Sonny Burch, Hannah John-Kamen as the Ghost, and Michelle Pfeiffer as Janet van Dyne.