“Ant-Man” features a number of characters from Marvel Comics’ surprisingly deep Ant-Man mythos. Two Ant-Men are featured in the film — Paul Rudd’s Scott Lang and Michael Douglas’ retired Hank Pym. There’s also — and this is one of those aforementioned spoilers — a flashback scene involving Pym’s wife, Janet van Dyne. Of course, longtime Avengers fans know van Dyne as the Wasp, a founding member of the team and, in fact, the hero that actually named the group. There’s also Hank and Jan’s daughter, Hope, who had a minor part to play in the comics as part of an alternate reality storyline. In the Marvel movie-verse, though, Hope is firmly a part of canon and played by Evangeline Lilly. Whether or not the decision to sacrifice Janet to give Hank a reason to have an emotional breakdown and keep his daughter from living up to her innately heroic potential has been a topic of discussion online, but a moment during “Ant-Man’s” credits sequence teased that big — or, more accurately, little — things are coming for Lilly’s character.
In the mid-credits scene, Hank Pym gifts Hope van Dyne with a prototype of a Wasp suit, one that he and her mother had been working on. Upon seeing the suit, Hope, who had been kept out of the action for the entire film by her father, said, “It’s about damn time.” A clear shot of the suit has made it’s way online (h/t MovieWeb), allowing fans who stepped out early to see what they missed.
It’s not yet known when Lilly will actually get to put on that suit; Marvel Studios president Kevin Feige has said it will happen at some point during Marvel’s massive Phase 3 slate of films. While Hope’s Wasp was originally included in next year’s “Captain America: Civil War,” Feige has said she’s been removed from the script.
“She was included in early versions of ‘Civil War’ but there are so many characters in ‘Civil War’ that we didn’t want to do her a disservice, like she flies in, ‘I’ve got the costume now’, and she flies out,” said Feige in an interview with SlashFilm. “With Ant-Man, and I’m not saying that’s what Ant-Man does in the movie, but we already know him, we’ve already seen him. We haven’t seen her as Wasp and we don’t want to rob the opportunity of seeing her in the outfit for at least almost the first time, and seeing her dynamic with Scott in a way it could play out, so we’re saving it. But its going to be in Phase three for sure.”
“Ant-Man” is in theaters now.
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