WHERE THERE’S HOPE...
THERE’S A WILL TO SUIT UP AS THE WASP
Evangeline Lilly finally gets to suit up in Ant-man and the Wasp. The Marvel sequel follows Hope van Dyne, who transforms into The Wasp for the first time as she and her father Dr Hank Pym (Michael Douglas) search for her missing mother Janet (Michelle Pfeiffer).
In the first film, Hope was reluctant to try on one of her father’s shrinking suits after her mother disappeared into a subatomic quantum realm, never to be seen again.
“The first and foremost primary motivation and reason to come back was to put on that suit,” Lilly says.
“We actually started doing fittings for the suit like two or three months after we finished shooting the first film, which was three-and-a-half years ago.
“But I was also excited to play Hope again because in the first film she went through this enormous emotional arc. She’d spent 30 years resenting her father and being at odds with him, and bitterness had built up in her that gave her this very cold exterior.
“Then by the end of the film so much of that has melted away, and she has taken the first steps to resolve her issues with her father. So it was exciting to have the chance to go back to this character and play her in a new space – a space that was not so guarded and jaded and cold but was warmer and found her more at ease in her own skin.”
The father and daughter are now a tight team, who have been living and working in secret to keep their technology out of the wrong hands.
“They are in this lab that they’ve built that they can shrink and grow at a moment’s notice so they can run and take the lab with them, which is also their home,” Lilly says.
“The lab is this elaborate, incredible high-tech space that they’ve built a quantum tunnel in. They’ve built the quantum tunnel because they are both passionately trying to get back to the quantum realm safely to find Janet Van Dyne, Hope’s mother and Hank’s wife, and bring her back.”
They’ll need the help of Ant-mant/scott Lang (Paul Rudd), but it won’t be a happy reunion. Lilly reveals he and Hope made a go of it, but his actions in Captain America: Civil War drove the couple apart.
“Between the first and second film, they were doing the kissy thing for a little while and were in a committed relationship. Then Scott ran off to Germany and had a costume party on a tarmac and decided that he didn’t care if that affected their lives, or if that ruined Hope’s life,” she says.
“And as a result he got himself arrested, and since that point they have no longer been an item. Hope has definitely harboured feelings of anger and hurt and resentment for the choices he made – maybe more than any of them, for the choice he made to go without her.
“They have not really been on speaking terms for about two years. But, of course, love doesn’t die just because there are bad circumstances. So we pick this film up where she’s angry with him, and they haven't spoken in a long time but Hope needs him. She’s got this mission, but underneath it all she still loves Scott.”
They’ll have to put their differences aside to face a villain known as Ghost, who has come over from the quantum realm.
“Everybody knows that the only way you can make a good super hero film is if you have an even better villain, and Hannah (John-kamen) knocks it out of the park playing a villain who is both terrifying and formidable but somehow simultaneously vulnerable and innocent,” Lilly says. “And that might be the creepiest thing about her.”