Anticipation is running high for fans awaiting Evangeline Lilly’s official debut as the Wasp, but man fans may be disappointed to find out that she won’t have a prominent role in Avengers 4.
Nabbing a part in Anthony and Joe Russo’s Avengers: Infinity War (or in their currently-untitled Avengers 4) is the hottest ticket in Hollywood, seeing as both movies culminate the MCU’s past decade into an ultimate battle with the Mad Titan Thanos. And now that the intergalactic villain is gathering his Infinity Stones, the stage is set for an epic brawl across time and space. However, while Lilly was already confirmed for Avengers 4, her part as Hope van Dyne, aka Wasp, could be a blink-and-you’ll-miss-it affair.
Taking to Instagram, the LOST actress indulged her fans in an in-depth Q&A session, warning that she won’t be appear on-screen for too long in Avengers 4:
“I will appear in Avengers 4… not very much, so don’t get your hopes up. Not going to be a ton. But I’m in there! And I’m proud to be in there. And I’m stoked to be in there.”
Other characters confirmed for Avengers 4 are Pepper Potts, Black Panther‘s sister Shuri, and Valkyrie, among others, so there was never going to be enough time to give everyone a starring role. But it does look like Lilly will have more than enough to do when she sticks on a pair of wings and shrinks down in size in Peyton Reed’s upcoming 2018 film, Ant-Man and the Wasp. As the sequel to 2015’s Ant-Man, Paul Rudd’s Scott Lang is back for more, but this time he has a partner in tow: the Wasp.
Hope van Dyne is a major player in the comics, but Lilly has very much remained a background character of the MCU (so far). While Ant-Man and the Wasp is sure to put her back on the radar, it doesn’t sound like she will be finding herself on the Avengers’ main roster anytime soon. Much like characters including Pepper, Jane Foster, and Christine Palmer, the romantic interests MCU’s male heroes so far are often, regrettably, sidelined to little more than a handful of scenes. However, with promises of an expanded role for Gwyneth Paltrow in the next two Avengers movies, there could be hope for Wasp yet.
Also, with Marvel Studios head honcho Kevin Feige keeping a tight lock on what is coming in Phase 4 of the MCU, fans already know that the big bosses have another 20 movies planned after Avengers 4 in 2019. While Wasp may be lurking in the background of the big ensembles for now, there is a chance that Lilly could get her own solo movie down the line. If not, we’re sure she will be happy spreading her wings and taking to the skies for an inevitable Ant-Man 3.
KEY RELEASE DATES
Black Panther release date: Feb 16, 2018
Avengers: Infinity War / The Avengers 3 release date: May 4, 2018
Ant-Man & The Wasp release date: Jul 6, 2018
Captain Marvel release date: Mar 8, 2019
The Avengers 4 / Untitled Avengers Movie release date: May 3, 2019
Untitled Spider-Man: Homecoming Sequel release date: Jul 5, 2019