While Paul Rudd's Scott Lang was the focus of 2015's Ant-Man, his fellow hero Wasp is set to take over in Ant-Man and the Wasp. According to director Peyton Reed, it isn't just Hope that's more intense going into the sequel.
According to the director, Lilly put everything she had into perfecting her take on the Wasp. In fact, Reed was quick to note that the actress -- who was keen to present a "sweaty" heroine -- took stunt training "way more" seriously than Rudd.
"Evangeline is a very physical actor and she takes very seriously the stunt work and the training. Way more so than Paul Rudd," Reed explained. "She's in there and really wants to get it right. Every aspect of that character. It was important to her. 'I want to sweat. A lot of those female heroes they fight and they look great and glam, I want to sweat. I want to have my hair in a ponytail because that's what I would do.'"
Despite appearing in the first Ant-Man film, Ant-Man and the Wasp will mark Lilly's first portrayal of the Wasp -- a title that was once held by her mother Janet van Dyne, played by Michelle Pfeiffer in the sequel. It also marks the first Marvel film to give a female hero the title treatment, which is a vital step forward for a cinematic universe that is looking to introduce more female heroes in future films.
Directed by Peyton Reed, Ant-Man and The Wasp stars Paul Rudd, Evangeline Lilly, Bobby Cannavale, Michael Peña, Tip “T.I.” Harris, Judy Greer, David Dastmalchian, Michael Douglas, Michelle Pfeiffer, Laurence Fishburne, Hannah John-Kamen, Randall Park, and Walton Goggins. The film arrives in theaters on July 6.