As Marvel’s Ant-Man began principal photography last week, Evangeline Lilly immediately kicked up a whirlwind of rumors by posting a few photos to her Instagram feed revealing the actress’ new haircut, a hairdo reminiscent of the fun and spunky bob often worn by founding Avenger Janet Van Dyne — a.k.a. the Wasp.
There’s just one snag, and it’s a snag that you’ve probably seen hashtagged #JanetVanCrime on social media. Lilly’s not playing Janet Van Dyne, she’s portraying her daughter Hope Van Dyne. This has led to a lot of protesting from comic book fans upset that Wasp, who actually came up with the name “the Avengers,” has been removed from Marvel movie continuity — but Lilly’s Wasp-like haircut could be a hint that Jan’s daughter might take flight as the superhero. If Lilly has taken on the pint-sized powerhouse’s ‘do, hopefully she won’t have to deal with some of the Wasp’s fashion don’ts.
The Wasp’s original costume is a campy classic, and no one here is going to argue any differently. But, like a number of classic superhero costumes, it just wouldn’t work in the Marvel Cinematic Universe. The big shoulder pads, the cone-shaped helmet and the spritely boots — it all makes for an iconic silhouette, but I don’t think anyone wants to see Lilly’s rockin’ new bob covered up by that delightfully weird helmet. The red-and-black color scheme, as well as the subtle “W” on the collarbone, could work in Ant-Man. If Lilly suits up, maybe those elements will be incorporated.
Despite what we said about Jan’s original duds, at least it felt like a “Wasp” costume. The points evoked stinger imagery, and the helmet’s antennae made her entire appear insect-like. This costume looks like something out of a Renaissance Fair. The skirt and collar are a bit much, and a bit medieval — not exactly befitting a character who’s often at the cutting-edge of high fashion. Note: Athough we’re pointing out the Wasp’s five weirdest looks, that’s an incredibly small percentage of the uniforms in her closet. Ms. Van Dyne has at least a hundred or more hanging in there, and very few of them involve brown tights and fishnets like this one.
The Doctor’s Orders
Janet underwent a risqué makeover after a psychiatrist told her she needed to do something to keep husband Hank Pym interested. This is the costume Wasp came up with: a backless lavender affair, complete with a belly window and approximately a million cutouts down her legs. Between its color choice, impracticality and implausibility, this ensemble flies right past sexy and straight to head-scratching. It’s so tacky that even the inevitable XXX Ant-Man parody would steer clear of this one.
The ’80s were a magical time, weren’t they? Popular fitness fashion finally caught up with what superheroes had been wearing for decades, thus pushing superhero style even further out of the realm of reality. And that’s how we arrived at this, an asymmetrical, legless and armless number that looks more appropriate for an American Gladiator than an Avenger. Ant-Man‘s costume department would have a tough go making this look work, especially those thin and oddly placed shoulder straps stretching out of the “W” on the chest. Compared to the previous two entries on this list, however, this one’s maybe not so bad.
If the ’80s were magical, then the ’90s were certifiable. Of all the characters that didn’t need an edgy makeover, the happy-go-lucky Wasp was easily at the top of that list. Alas, here she is, in all of her “glory,” a newly insectified Janet Van Dyne, rocking a garishly colored hot pink body suit and weird abs-only armor. To top it off, Jan’s spunky and simple haircut has been replaced with something straight out of Babylon 5. ’90s nostalgia might be back in a big way in other areas of fashion right now, but may everything involved with this look stay six feet under where it belongs.