Ever since Ant-Man went into production last year, fans have wondered if beloved Marvel character Janet Van Dyne, a.k.a. The Wasp, will make an appearance, since her husband Hank Pym (Michael Douglas) and daughter Hope Van Dyne (Evangeline Lilly) are featured. During an interview conducted on the Atlanta set last year, producer Kevin Feige confirmed with Screenrant that Wasp will be seen in the movie, which explains why Pym recruits Scott Lang (Paul Rudd) to become the Ant-Man, instead of his own daughter. Here's what he had to say, when asked how Wasp factors into the story, hinting that Hope may actually get to suit up for action in future movies.
"It factors in, in a number of spoiler-ish ways, but we will see Janet Van Dyne in action in this film. And part of sort of what happened to her. And then we will understand why that is the reason that he doesn't want his daughter to follow in those footsteps. One of the reasons why he's always so upset about superheroes in general, dismissive of them in general and also a reason why he doesn't want her to put on the suit. Because another very logical question in the movie is, why are you hiring this ex-con to put on your suit and do this? The answer is, because he has abilities in cracking security networks and in pulling off heists that nobody else has. Which is really why he needs to do it. But Hope is infinitely more capable of actually being a superhero in the beginning of this film, and we learn sort of that that's ultimately when Hank reveals for the first time for the audience, and even the first time to Hope, what actually happened in the past and why he's so nervous about putting on that suit. But there are things that we see towards the end of the film that indicate she could, she could get one of her own."
The producer also revealed that Hope will be seen during a brief flashback scene, but her presence will have a major impact on the story. Fans of the Marvel comics know that both Hank Pym and Janet Van Dyne were two of The Avengers' founding members. Kevin Feige revealed that, in their Disney offices, they have huge posters of the first Avengers comics, and he enjoys that most of those characters are coming to life on the big screen.
"We have - I don't know if they're around here, but in the offices of Disney we've got big blow-ups of Avengers No. 1. And I just love, you know, picking off the fact that each of those characters are finally coming to life, and two more will be hit in this movie."
"She hates it. [laughs] It's actually become a difficult question to address in the script. Why isn't Hope Ant-Man? In a day and age when Ant-Man was first invented, it would have made sense. Why would he hand it off to his daughter? That wouldn't make any sense at all. But in 2014, why wouldn't he hand it off to his daughter, especially a daughter as intelligent and capable as Hope? Of course we answer all those questions, but I can't tell you how or why."
Are you glad that Wasp will be featured in Ant-Man? Do you think Hope Van Dyne should become a superhero in her own right? Hopefully we'll learn more about Hope Van Dyne's role in Ant-Man as we get closer to the July 17 release, so stay tuned for more details.