The Marvel Cinematic Universe (MCU) has been growing exponentially since the 2008 release of Iron Man. It’s been 10 years since the ‘renaissance of Super Hero films’ began, and the year has been marked with several heavy hitting milestones. One can’t not talk about Avengers: Infinity War (and maybe tear up a bit. No spoilers though, but seriously if you haven’t watched it yet at this point…why?). Then there was the $1 billion success of Black Panther, the first person of color led film of the franchise. But it seems Marvel is planning a lot more for 2018. This year is also the year we get our first superheroine title character for an MCU film.
Ant-Man and The Wasp is the sequal to 2015’s Ant-Man and the 20th release of the decade (yes, there’s that much to the MCU). It’s also the first time a woman hero will be featured in the title. Sure, it’s not just her up there (so one could argue that the soon to be released Captain Marvel would still hold that title), but that doesn’t make things any less exciting. It seems that Marvel execs feel the same way.
Marvel Studio’s president Kevin Feige told AFP: “We always knew that the next one was going to be ‘Ant-Man and the Wasp’,” and “It’s finally time to see her suit up and be the hero that she said earlier she wanted to be.”
He’s referring, of course to Hope van Dyne, aka The Wasp. Starring in the role will be Evangeline Lilly, who was introduced in Ant-Man as a wannabe hero. She’s returning now ready to save the day.
Of course, she could have entered the MCU much sooner. Reportedly, the original plan was to introduce The Wasp character in Captain America: Civil War. However, the studio ultimately decided to pull the character from the film.
“I got a call saying, ‘We’ve decided not to put you in Civil War’ and there was this moment, I could tell, where the feeling in the room was like, ‘I’m sorry — don’t be offended,’” Lilly recalls of the moment she got the news.
“I was like, ‘Are they going to give me a movie? Is that what they’re saying?’ And they said, ‘We really want to dedicate a film to introducing this female superhero and we don’t want her just to be a side note.” She later got a screenshot of the title of the movie in which she shared the billing.
Paul Rudd is set to reprise his role as Paul Lang/Ant Man. The character is a petty criminal turned super hero when he gains the ability to turn either very big or shrink to the quantum level. Rudd is also a writer on the film. Ant-Man and The Wasp is directed by Peyton Reed. The film is going to flying onto the big screen on July 4, 2018.