It was a big weekend for Marvel TV at New York Comic Con, but one of the Marvel Cinematic Universe stars had a big reveal in store for fans. Evangeline Lilly revealed that she will be joining up with The Avengers in the near (ish) future. During an interview at the convention the actress made it clear that even though she won't be in Avengers: Infinity War, she will appear in the as-of-yet untitled Avengers 4.
Evangeline Lilly did an interview with Blastr during New York Comic Con and the subject of her role as Hope Van Dyne, aka The Wasp, naturally came up. While it may not come as a huge surprise, she did confirm that The Wasp will be fighting alongside Ant-Man and the other Avengers (who make it out of Avengers: Infinity War alive) in an attempt to take down Thanos, or so we assume. Here is what she had to say about it.
"I'm excited because its essentially going to be, um, the origin of the Wasp. Of course, we're going to see the Wasp for the first time take on the mantle, and put on the suit, and fly about, and do her thing. Following that one, there's an Avengers series coming out, I believe its a two parter, and, um, the Wasp won't be in the first part, she'll be in the second part because they want to preserve that reveal for Ant-Man and the Wasp."
It is certainly exciting that Evangeline Lilly was able to confirm her role in Avengers 4, but it is also worth looking at what she had to say about Ant-Man and the Wasp. As of right now the Ant-Man sequel is scheduled to be released on July 6, 2018. That would put it a couple of months after the release of Avengers: Infinity War. While it isn't clear how the timeline will play out in regards to those two movies, it makes sense that Marvel would want to save the reveal of the Wasp for Ant-Man and the Wasp as opposed to trying to cram that into what will likely already be a jam packed movie.
Potential spoilers if you haven't seen Ant-Man yet, but the Wasp suit was revealed to Hope Van Dyne by Hank Pym in the post-credit scene, which set up the character for the sequel. We only got to see the suit hanging up though and have yet to see the Wasp in action. According to what Evangeline Lilly had to say, we will be seeing her in full on superhero glory in Ant-Man and the Wasp, taking up the mantle from Janet Van Dyne who was the original Wasp. We don't yet know if we will see Janet in the movie, but it would make sense given that the movie will focus heavily on the character of the Wasp.
Expectations were tempered for Ant-Man when it was released last year, given the semi-troubled production, but the movie was very well-liked by fans and critics. Fortunately for Marvel, that also translated to a pretty decent box office take of $519 million worldwide. We know very little about the upcoming Avengers: Infinity War and the now untitled Avengers 4, so it is hard to guess how her character will factor into the movie. In any case, fans will likely happy to know that the Wasp will definitely have a larger role in the MCU in the future.