In Marvel’s Ant-Man, Evangeline Lilly plays Hope van Dyne, also known as the villain Wasp. In this film, we follow her evolution from Paul Rudd’s love interest to her own superhero identity, Wasp. Here’s what you should know about the evolution of Hope van Dyne. The Evolution of Hope van Dyne
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Achieving her Best Self, Part 2 (Interview) By Rachel Crowl Director Peyton Reed and Evangeline Lilly sat down to talk about Lilly’s character, Hope van Dyne, in Ant-Man and The Wasp. They talked about how Lilly’s role as a mother informs her relationship with Scott Lang (Paul Rudd), what it means to be a hero, and how she prepared for…
The Ant-Man movie franchise
It was on December 5, 2015, that Marvel Studios announced it would be releasing a movie called Ant-Man in July of 2015. However, since no one has heard about any news about Ant-Man up until August 29th when Marvel released a teaser trailer for Ant-Man with Peyton Reed as director and Paul Rudd as lead actor.
The Wasp is one of Marvel’s earliest female superheroes, and she has appeared in comics for more than 50 years. She was first introduced as a founding member of The Avengers in 1963. Over time, she became increasingly associated with her husband, Hank Pym (aka Ant-Man), and eventually took on his name. However, Wasp’s stories—especially her solo comics—aren’t quite as well known as some other Marvel characters… until now!
Hope van Dyne in the comics
Originally, Hope Van Dyne was Janet Van Dyne’s daughter with Hank Pym. Eventually, she took over her mother’s mantle as Wasp after Janet was killed by a Skrull impersonating her father. While she didn’t have any superpowers, she eventually inherited and mastered some Pym Particles (which could manipulate energy and matter in sizes ranging from small to enormous). The loss of her mother gave her extra motivation to fight crime.
In Marvel’s Ant-Man, it is revealed that Hank Pym had a wife, Janet Van Dyne, who once was known as The Wasp. Unfortunately, Janet was killed in action while saving her husband. In Ant-Man and The Wasp we are introduced to Hope van Dyne, daughter of Hank and Janet. She is portrayed by Evangeline Lilly who joins Michael Douglas (Hank) in leading our story forward.
Ant-Man and the Wasp (2018)
With its sequel just around the corner, we look back at Ant-Man (2015) and consider how its lead character has evolved. Spoiler alert: It’s not just from tiny to small! From a visual standpoint, there are some clear differences between Paul Rudd’s Scott Lang in 2015 and Evangeline Lilly’s Hope van Dyne in 2018. Let’s take a closer look at these two characters to see what they have in common and where they differ.
One of Ant-Man’s most defining moments is during his visit to what is called, the Quantum Realm. In Marvel Comics, when Janet Van Dyne (Hope’s mother) shrinks to subatomic size, she enters a reality where time and space do not exist. This was later adapted into one of Marvel’s new cinematic universes in 2015 with Ant-Man. The film depicts it as an alternative universe that can be accessed by shrinking beyond a certain point. This could have huge implications for future films such as Captain America: Civil War or even Avengers: Infinity War.
What is Evangeline Lilly the sponsor of?
Hope is an evolution on a previous role that Lilly had a small role in The Hobbit. She played elf Tauriel which was criticized for taking away from main characters and overshadowing them with her beauty and talent. Fans wanted to see more depth to her character, so she became Wasp. This allowed Ant Man to have a more powerful female character and included Lilly once again in his franchise helping to develop their relationship even further than before.