We’ll see Scott Lang return in next month’s Captain America: Civil War but he’s also got his own sequel lined up as well which will also feature Evangeline Lilly’s debut as ‘The Wasp’. Entertainment Weekly chatted with director Peyton Reed at the red carpet premiere and asked about the upcoming Ant-Man & The Wasp. On the subject of the direction that they plan to take with Hope Van Dyne in the upcoming film, Reed had the following to say.
Evangeline is an amazing actress. The first movie was really about her coming into her own as a hero, even though we didn’t see her suit up yet. So we’re so excited about now being able to show her fully formed and what she is as a superhero. Her power set, how she fights, and what are the injustices that matter to her that she wants to right. That’s part of the really fun thing of the next movie.
While there was talk about introducing ‘The Wasp’ in Captain America: Civil War, ultimately the decision was made not to have her appear again until they could have her suit up in her own film. Reed stated that this was due to it not making sense “because there’s so many characters in this movie, and you really want to see her become a hero and really spend time with her.” The director additionally added that Hope is “a complicated character and a rich character. We’re really, really having fun writing that.”
The team behind the film is currently working on figuring out the film’s story and is currently in “the structural phase”. Reed told the outlet that the team is working hard to make sure that what they bring is something different in order to keep the audiences interested.
The challenge in Ant-Man and the Wasp is just topping everything that comes before. But that’s a challenge I think with every Marvel movie, with every hero movie. You don’t want the audience to get bored and feel like, oh man, I saw that in the last movie. You always got to give them something different.
We’ll see what Reed and company bring to the big screen when Ant-Man & The Wasp hits theaters on July 6, 2018. Sound off with your thoughts on the sequel and Reed’s comments in the section below.