ByTrevor Norkey, writer at
Writer, filmmaker, actor and film enthusiast.
Trevor Norkey

Captain America: Civil War brings some of our favorite Avengers back to the big screen, and even introduces a few new ones. From Iron Man to Spider-Man, and Ant-Man to Falcon, Civil War pits 12 of our favorite heroes against each other. It is truly a sight to behold.

Even with all of these heroes thrown in the mix, there are a few that appear to be missing. For one, Hulk and Thor are two obvious superheroes that are notably absent from this event, but there is another who certainly could have played a significant role, as she did in the comics.

Hope van Dyne (Evangeline Lilly) played a supporting role in last year's Ant-Man. At the end of the film, she was teased to become the Wasp, following in her mother's footsteps. The mid-credits scene at the end of the film revealed a new and customized Wasp suit made especially for Hope, leaving the movie at somewhat of a cliffhanger.

Hope is confirmed to return for a leading role in 2018's Ant-Man and the Wasp, in which she'll finally teams up with Scott Lang to fight bad guys as a superhero insect duo. I'm actually rather excited for this film, especially if it turns out to be as good as the first Ant-Man.

With Wasp already established and confirmed to return later in the Marvel Cinematic Universe, one might ask why this winged superhero doesn't make an appearance in the upcoming Civil War, which features almost every other current Marvel hero. In addition, Wasp played a role in the civil war that took place in the comic book.

President of Marvel Studios and producer of Civil War Kevin Feige finally gave us an answer.

Emily VanCamp (left) and Kevin Feige (right).
Emily VanCamp (left) and Kevin Feige (right).

In a press conference on April 10, Feige said that the original draft for Captain America: Civil War actually did include the Wasp, who would have fought with Ant-Man during the intense airport fight scene. Feige then discussed the reason for her omission from later drafts, saying that being just a moment in an action scene could have done her character an injustice and ruined her big-screen debut:

"It took away from the fun of seeing her suit up for the first time — seeing her on that road to being a hero."

He went on to say that they had "big plans for her to unveil her" during Ant-Man and the Wasp.

This is actually a point I can understand. Spider-Man is a character in Civil War whose origin was jumped over because we already knew his story. Wasp's story, on the other hand, is not quite as known.

Introducing Hope as the Wasp in Civil War would have fast-forwarded through her journey to becoming the superhero, which is something Feige clearly wants to focus on a lot more during the Ant-Man sequel. As awesome as Civil War will be, using the movie as her debut would not give Wasp the screen time she deserves.

Evangeline Lilly as Hope van Dyne.
Evangeline Lilly as Hope van Dyne.

As much as I wanted to see Wasp during Civil War, I can agree with Feige's reasoning. Hope van Dyne is a very engaging character, and I am OK waiting another two years to see her unfold if it means it is done properly. On the other hand, seeing Ant-Man and Wasp team up in a fight against Iron Man would have been rather magnificent to watch.

Would you liked to have seen Wasp show up in 'Captain America: Civil War'? Let me know in the comments, and thanks for reading!



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