The post-credits sequence of Ant-Man notably hinted at Evangeline Lilly becoming the female superhero The Wasp, to the point where the next film in the series is literally titled Ant-Man and The Wasp. Ant-Man director Peyton Reed was on hand at the Captain America: Civil War premiere Tuesday and told Entertainment Weekly that while The Wasp will arrive “fully-formed” in the aforementioned sequel, it just didn’t feel right to have her make her debut in the already crowded Civil War.
“It just didn’t make sense for Wasp [to be in ‘Civil War’] because there’s so many characters in this movie, and you really want to see her become a hero and really spend time with her,” Reed said. “She’s a complicated character and a rich character. We’re really, really having fun writing that.”
While fans eager to see Lilly make her superhero debut may be a bit dismayed to find out they’ll have to wait until Ant-Man and The Wasp’s 2018 release, Reed made it sound like it will be worth the way.
“Evangeline is an amazing actress,” Reed continued. “The first movie was really about her coming into her own as a hero, even though we didn’t see her suit up yet. So we’re so excited about now being able to show her fully formed and what she is as a superhero. Her power set, how she fights, and what are the injustices that matter to her that she wants to right. That’s part of the really fun thing of the next movie.”
Reed also mentioned that the Ant-Man sequel is in the early stages, but hopes that audiences will be excited by what they eventually see.
“The challenge in ‘Ant-Man and the Wasp’ is just topping everything that comes before,” he said. “But that’s a challenge I think with every Marvel movie, with every hero movie. You don’t want the audience to get bored and feel like, oh man, I saw that in the last movie. You always got to give them something different.”