Ant-Man really does feel like the red-headed stepchild of the Marvel franchise right now. I know it hasn’t been forgotten and we’ll hear more about it in the not-too-distant future, but right now it has the misfortune of coming off the heels of Avengers: Age of Ultron, but it’s not considered big enough to kick off Phase Three (which will begin with Captain America: Civil War). That’s not to mention the production drama that went down before filming.
But that doesn’t mean the movie won’t be good, and I’m excited to see a film that looks different from anything we’ve seen before in the Marvel Cinematic Universe. Evangeline Lilly is excited too, and she recently commented on the upcoming superhero movie. Hit the jump for what she had to say. Ant-Man opens July 17, 2015, and also stars Paul Rudd, Michael Douglas, Corey Stoll, Bobby Cannavale, Judy Greer, Tip “Ti” Harris, David Dastmalchian, Wood Harris, Jordi Mollà, and Michael Peña.
The next evolution of the Marvel Cinematic Universe brings a founding member of The Avengers to the big screen for the first time with Marvel Studios’ Ant-Man. Armed with the astonishing ability to shrink in scale but increase in strength, master thief Scott Lang must embrace his inner-hero and help his mentor, Dr. Hank Pym, protect the secret behind his spectacular Ant-Man suit from a new generation of towering threats. Against seemingly insurmountable obstacles, Pym and Lang must plan and pull off a heist that will save the world.
While Lang and Pym may be the leads, don’t count out Lilly’s Janet Van Dyne, the daughter of Hank and his fellow founding Avenger, Wasp. Speaking to CNN, Lilly says:
She is the daughter of the founders of The Avengers, Ant-Man and the Wasp. She is a very talented, intelligent, capable woman and a force to be reckoned with. This one is very much a heist film. It has all the fun, tension and drama of a good heist film. The heist is being masterminded by myself, my father and Scott Lang.
We don’t know how active she’ll be in the heist process, but I’m glad she’s not being cut out because the MCU needs its strong female characters, and hopefully Janet will be one of them. Also, while Marvel hasn’t said if she’ll be the new Wasp, it wouldn’t surprise me if that role is in Janet’s future.