After being introduced in 2015's Ant-Man, Evangeline Lilly's Hope Van Dyne made her long-awaited debut as the Wasp, Marvel's first titular female superhero, in this year's Ant-Man and the Wasp. However, we previously learned that the insect-sized superheroine was originally supposed to first suit up in 2016's Captain America: Civil War.
This introduction would have made sense, considering that, during the mid-credits scene of Ant-Man, Hope's debut as the Wasp was all but confirmed. But while Paul Rudd's Scott Lang would go on to appear in the third Captain America film, an appearance by Lilly's Hope was ultimately scrapped in order to give the character a proper introduction in the Marvel Cinematic Universe a few years later.
Still, thanks to an old piece of concept art from Marvel Studios Director of Visual Development Andy Park, we have a look at what Wasp's inclusion in Civil War would have looked like.
Park's illustration, which was done at a time when the Civil War script was still in the early drafts period, features Hope Van Dyne taking part in the famous airport battle scene between Captain America and Iron Man's respective team of Avengers. What is perhaps even more surprising however is the fact that Wasp, as well as her partner Ant-Man, would have sided with Team Stark, as evidenced by the fact that they are both pictured fighting Hawkeye.
Some of you may know I did a whole bunch of keyframe illustrations based on an early script draft of Civil War. Wasp was at one point going to make her debut in this movie. It was fun but I’m glad they held out to properly introduce her in #AntManandtheWasp @EvangelineLilly pic.twitter.com/NZjoO3W75W— Andy Park (@andyparkart) November 5, 2018
As we all know, Wasp's MCU debut was eventually held off for Ant-Man and the Wasp, where the character received a starring role. When last we saw her, the winged superhero was left crumbling to dust following Thanos' Infinity snap in the mid-credits scene of the sequel. However, that may not be the end of the Wasp, given that Evangeline Lilly is expected to return in some form in next year's untitled Avengers 4.
Exactly how the character will come back remains to be seen, but the return of her Ant-Man haircut seems to indicate the possibility of time travel. We'll just have to wait for the highly-anticipated release of Avengers 4 to find out how, exactly, Hope factors into the film.
The untitled sequel to Avengers: Infinity War will release on May 3, 2019. Directed by Joe and Anthony Russo, Marvel’s Avengers 4 stars Robert Downey Jr., Josh Brolin, Mark Ruffalo, Tom Hiddleston, Chris Evans, Chris Hemsworth, Jeremy Renner, Chris Pratt, Elizabeth Olsen, Sebastian Stan, Benedict Cumberbatch, Paul Bettany, Samuel L. Jackson, Cobie Smulders, Benedict Wong, Zoe Saldana, Karen Gillan, Vin Diesel, Dave Bautista, Pom Klementieff, Scarlett Johansson, Tom Holland, and Anthony Mackie.