Last month, actress Evangeline Lilly revealed that she almost parted ways with Marvel's Ant-Man, after the departure of director Edgar Wright in May. During a new interview with BuzzFeed, the actress offered more details about how she almost left the project, while revealing that Edgar Wright's version of Ant-Man would have "stuck out like a sore thumb" in the Marvel Cinematic Universe. Here's what she had to say below.
"I had the choice to walk away, and I almost did. Because I thought, Well, if it's because Marvel are big bullies, and they just want a puppet and not someone with a vision, I'm not interested in being in this movie. Which is what I was afraid of. I finally got the script literally the day before I was supposed to go in for fittings. I saw with my own eyes that Marvel had just pulled the script into their world. I mean, they've established a universe, and everyone has come to expect a certain aesthetic [and] a certain feel for Marvel films. And what Edgar was creating was much more in the Edgar Wright camp of films. They were very different. And I feel like, if [Marvel] had created Edgar's incredible vision - which would have been, like, classic comic book - it would have been such a riot to film [and] it would have been so much fun to watch. [But] it wouldn't have fit in the Marvel Universe. It would have stuck out like a sore thumb, no matter how good it was. It just would have taken you away from this cohesive universe they're trying to create. And therefore it ruins the suspended disbelief that they've built."
"I thought Edgar's idea to blend the [Hank and Scott] stories was brilliant. You're going to have fans up there who insist that you tell the story of Hank Pym, and fans up there who will be more on the Scott Lang side of it. ... I think we are going to come close to pleasing them all. And what's cool is that, you know, Janet Van Dyne is my mom. Hank Pym is my father. I was raised by two superheroes. I'm no schlump. I'm a pretty smart, competent, capable, kick-ass female. She's very cool."
"I'm Paul Rudd's estranged ex-wife. We have a daughter together and our relationship is, well, estranged, but I feel like my character is still rooting for him to succeed. I guess that's about as much as I can say."