Even months after the film hit theaters, Evangeline Lilly is abuzz about her eponymous role in Ant-Man and the Wasp. The Hope van Dyne actor plays the first ever female character to get a title credit in a Marvel Cinematic Universe film, and she certainly put in the work to make sure the role would be a memorable one.
Speaking to CBR, Lilly recalled her time on the film and offered some insight into how she developed a unique voice for the character. In addition to calling her work with on-set parents Michelle Pfieffer and Michael Douglas a “dream,” she explained why the stunt work was so vital to Wasp’s characterization and how Hope changed between the first film and its sequel. She also revealed how she learned about her fate in the wake of Thanos’ fateful Avengers: Infinity War snap and more.
CBR: Let’s start at the end. How did you find out about Hope’s fate in the wake of the Thanos snap?
Lilly: 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 those days, where we showed up and were like, “So, what exactly is happening today? What are we shooting?” “Oh, here’s 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.
At the time, we still didn’t really entirely know what exactly that was, and it’s because we hadn’t seen or been a 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.
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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