Evangeline Lilly‘s Hope van Dyne stands among Marvel Studios‘ most decorated female heroes, now making her fourth appearance in Ant-Man and The Wasp: Quantumania. Hope has undergone an incredible transition over the course of her appearances, providing Lilly with the opportunity to spread her acting wings and put her versatility as an actress on display. Ahead of Quantumania’s premiere, Lilly reflected on her character’s past and waxed hopeful about the future in an interview with Entertainment Tonight.
“She started the films as a very cold, very detached, very insular woman, who was independent and not reliant or really intimate with anybody,” said Lilly of Hope. “And now, suddenly, I mean, we’ve evolved through this third iteration of the story where she has redeemed her relationship with her father, she’s reunited with her mother, she has fallen in love with Scott and she’s also like a stepmother to Cassie.“
As happy as Hope is to reunite with her mother, Michelle Pfeiffer‘s Janet hasn’t been entirely honest with her family about her time in the Quantum Realm, which ruffled some family feathers, according to Lilly.
It was really good for me. It felt like we were entering a space that I was far more comfortable in. I was like, ‘OK, this is my jam now. Now we’re talking about the space where I thrive, which is more dramatic material. And I was excited to dive in with Michelle and MichaelEvangeline Lilly
Lilly’s excitement about the growth of her character led her to pitch a solo project for her character to Marvel Studios’ head honcho, Kevin Feige. And while Feige stayed non-commital, Lilly expressed her certainty that the time was right for the project.
When I first started, it was like, ‘No, no, no. Ant-Man and the Wasp, they’re a duo. They’re so good together. Three movies later, I’m like, ‘OK. Alright. We did it. C’mon, I want some time to tell a story.Evangleine Lilly
Lilly’s passion for the character speaks for itself; however, Marvel Studios plans its work out several years in advance, so while there is certainly room for The Wasp, it may be a matter of years before fans can catch it in theaters or on Disney Plus.