Many fans were shocked when Marvel announced in May that director Edgar Wright had left Ant-Man, after spending more than ten years on developing the script with co-writer Joe Cornish. Just a few weeks later, Peyton Reed signed on to replace him, two months before shooting began this August in Atlanta. During a new interview with InnerSpace, actress Evangeline Lilly, who plays Hope Van Dyne, revealed that she actually held off from signing her contract with Marvel upon hearing that Edgar Wright was no longer directing, and nearly walked away from the project.
"I was [bummed out] when Edgar and Marvel decided to part ways. I was nervous, and I kind of held off from signing my contract because I actually wanted to wait and see what would happen. I met Peyton (Reed) and we spoke, and I was convinced that I was going to do the project. He has such impeccable taste, he's so collaborative, so much fun, and so deep into the comic book world. He always has been [in that world], all his life, and really knows the genre. I just have no doubt the film is going to be incredible. I think it's gonna be one of Marvel's best."
"I could tell you, but then I'd have to kill you."
We reported last month that Ant-Man will now close out Phase Two, instead of opening Phase Three as originally planned. With the massive nine-movie Phase Three filling out Marvel's calendar until 2019, it isn't known when a sequel to Ant-Man will come out, if the first movie is enough of a success to warrant a follow-up. Do you think Hope Van Dyne may be popping up in other Marvel movies? Chime in with your thoughts below.