Wasp isn’t like all the other Marvel Cinematic Universe heroes. When it came to crafting a voice for Hope van Dyne, Ant-Man and the Wasp star Evangeline Lilly wanted to make sure her character would stand out from the pack. In order to do that, she put a special focus on Hope’s body language and fight style.
“I think all superheroes are expressed through their fight styles,” she explained to CBR. “I think that, when you’re looking at a normal character, one of the things that I pay very close attention to is body language. So, when you’re talking about somebody who spends the majority of the film fighting, the body language in that fight is more important to me than any of the other body language expressed at any point. It’s the most exaggerated. It’s the most distinct. It becomes this signature, and so you define the character by how they fight. I think subconsciously we all do that.”
“I know that I was walking into a world that already was very well populated with superheroes with distinct fight styles. To be honest, there was this sort of tongue-in-cheek joking that went on constantly while were trying to establish her fight style of like, ‘What’s left? There’s nothing left to do!'” she said with a laugh. “Everything was taken. Every idea we would come up with, it was like, ‘Oh, that’s Spider-Man, right. How about this? Oh, no, that’s Black Widow. Okay, how about this? No, we can’t do that because that looks kind of Scarlet Witchy.’ There was always somebody else who was sort of occupying each space.”
“I took a lot of time to carve out what I hope is a specific and unique fight style for Hope that you would actually be able to recognize whether she was in the suit or whether it was her, even if it was some acrobat in an on-stage production who was doing the Wasp fight style. I love the idea that you’d be able to say, ‘Oh, that’s Wasp. I can tell. I can tell by the way she fights. I know that’s her,'” she concluded.
Director Peyton Reed’s 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 will be available on Blu-ray and DVD starting Oct. 16.
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