Evangeline Lilly – who is best know for her performance as Kate on the J.J. Abrams produced ABC sci-fi mystery series Lost – has been steadily building up quite the CV after an initially quiet stint when Lost went off the air in 2010. Starring in films such as the Hugh Jackman vehicle Real Steel, and having a prominent role in Peter Jackson‘s Hobbit Trilogy playing elf warrior Tauriel, has no doubt upped her stock in Hollywood.
Now, with another starring role in Marvel Studios [Ant-Man](movie:9048) (playing Hank Pym‘s daughter), Lilly is set to grace the big screen again as part of the Marvel Cinematic Universe in mid July 2015.
While promoting [The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies](movie:512312), Lilly has been spilling the beans on the storyline of the tightly-lipped Peyton Reed vehicle.
She begins by explaining what it's like working for Marvel, saying,
I've been astounded to discover how good to their teams and crew that Marvel are. They're so collaborative, so smart with their stories. They have rich, dynamic characters which are so much fun to play. I expected I'd be a cog in the wheel of a big machine -- I wasn't sure I'd like this experience. But I've been so astounded at how pleasurable the whole experience has been.
Additionally, she talks about the film being very much a “good heist film”:
[‘Ant-Man’] is very much a heist film. It has all the fun, tension and drama of a good heist film. The heist is being masterminded by myself, my father and Scott Lang.
In addition, her mention of Ant-Man and the Wasp as “founders” of the Avengers is interesting too. Neither character has yet been introduced in the Marvel Cinematic Universe, but with rumors running rampant that Ant-Man will feature flashbacks involving a young Hank Pym and Agent Carter star Hayley Atwell, perhaps the films can retroactively include those older heroes as part of the braintrust involved in designing some of S.H.I.E.L.D.’s defense programs, or even “the Avenger initiative” itself. Of course, this is purely speculation, as Lilly could have easily been referring to the characters’ comic book origins, but Marvel is certainly capable of tying things like this closely together.
Agent Carter in Ant-Man:
As previously rumored, Agent Peggy Carter, a supporting character from the Captain America films with her own new spinoff TV series, will appear in the upcoming Ant-Man film.
Lilly’s mention of Ant-Man and the Wasp being the “founders” of the Avengers will no doubt raise a few eyebrows, as neither character has been introduced into the Marvel Cinematic Universe as of yet – however, comic readers will know that it was Hank Pym who created Ultron in the comics, and not Robert Downey Jr.’s Tony Stark/Iron Man, so this suggests that he previously worked with S.H.E.I.L.D. and perhaps even “the Avenger initiative.“
With the casting call a while back looking for Hayley Atwell lookalikes, we are going to take a wild guess and say that there will be flashbacks with the original Ant-Man (a younger Hank Pym) and Agent Carter. Obviously this is all speculative as Lilly could be talking about the characters’ comic book origins, but with a retroactive look at the older heroes being part of the S.H.E.I.L.D. program; it could be great way to facilitate the introduction of Scott Lang into the MCU (being Hank’s wingman and all…).
In a separate interview with People, she told them what it is she stole from the set of the film.
On Ant-Man, I took a rubber stamp from the office of Hank Pym, who's played by Michael Douglas. If something is small enough to go in my pocket and it will be neat memorabilia, it's gone.
There's nothing really that cool about that, but whatever. She took what she could get. I personally would have tried to walk away with Ant-Man's costume. In another interview with the Huffington Post, Lilly hinted at the fact that her character could appear in future Marvel films. This info came up when asked about developing a screenplay that she wrote, and she says:
It’s one I’m set to do in 2015 and hopefully 2016 if Marvel will give me that time. You never know when you sign on with Marvel what they’re going to give to you...
For me, its sounds like Lilly will be a more active part of the Ant-Man adventure than some fans may have suspected, which certainly bodes well for the desperate need for more big screen female heroes to join Scarlett Johansson’s Black Widow and whichever actress ends up being cast as Captain Marvel in 2018.
New Official synopsis for Ant-Man:
The next evolution of the Marvel Cinematic Universe brings a founding member of The Avengers to the big screen for the first time with Marvel Studios’ Ant-Man. Armed with the astonishing ability to shrink in scale but increase in strength, master thief Scott Lang must embrace his inner-hero and help his mentor, Dr. Hank Pym, protect the secret behind his spectacular Ant-Man suit from a new generation of towering threats. Against seemingly insurmountable obstacles, Pym and Lang must plan and pull off a heist that will save the world.
The movie is being directed by Peyton Reed, and it also stars Paul Rudd, Michael Douglas, Corey Stoll, David Dastmalchian, Michael Pena, Bobby Cannavale, Abby Ryder Fortson, Judy Greer, Wood Harris John Slattery and Gregg Turkington.
Ant-Man opens on July 17th, 2015.
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