If you haven't seen Marvel's Ant-Man yet, there will be plenty of spoilers below, so be sure to read on at your own risk. Back in June, producer Kevin Feige teased that Ant-Man will feature Janet Van Dyne as The Wasp in a crucial flashback scene towards the end of the film. This turned out to be in one of the movie's two post-credit scenes. Many fans are now wondering if The Wasp will be featured in future MCU movies, which Kevin Feige has confirmed in an interview with /Film. Here's what the producer had to say, revealing that her appearance will not be in Captain America: Civil War.
"It's a good question, and it will certainly be in phase three. Where exactly in Phase Three I'm not sure, but it won't be in Captain America: Civil War."
In Ant-Man, one of the subplots involves the slightly-estranged relationship between Hank Pym (Michael Douglas) and his daughter Hope Van Dyne (Evangeline Lilly). When Hank recruits Scott Lang (Paul Rudd) to be the Ant-Man, Janet is against the idea, since she is far more capable of utilizing her father's suit. At the end of the superhero movie, Hank reveals that he lost his wife and Hope's mother Janet during a mission where she was wearing The Wasp suit, and he didn't want to lose his daughter as well. During the first end credits scene, Hank shows his daughter a brand new Wasp suit that he and Janet were designing for their daughter to wear some day.
Paul Rudd has already been confirmed to reprise his Scott Lang role in Captain America: Civil War. His appearance is set up by the second post credits scene, where Captain America (Chris Evans) and The Falcon (Anthony Mackie) finally locate The Winter Soldier (Sebastian Stan), whose robotic arm is caught in some sort of device. The scene ends with Falcon saying "I know a guy," hinting that he will bring in Ant-Man. Kevin Feige also admitted that The Wasp was originally written into the Captain America: Civil War screenplay, but she was eventually taken out, largely because there were so many other characters in the film.
"She was included in early versions of Civil War but there are so many characters in Civil War that we didn't want to do her a disservice, like she flies in, 'I've got the costume now', and she flies out. With Ant-Man, and I'm not saying that's what Ant-Man does in the movie, but we already know him, we've already seen him. We haven't seen her as Wasp and we don't want to rob the opportunity of seeing her in the outfit for at least almost the first time, and seeing her dynamic with Scott in a way it could play out, so we're saving it. But its going to be in Phase three for sure."
With all of that being said, many will wonder where The Wasp will appear in Phase Three. The studio has yet to announce plans for an Ant-Man sequel, and even if they did, it's unlikely that there could even be a place for it in Phase Three, which has nine movies spread out over the course of three years. It isn't known how many movies both Paul Rudd and Evangeline Lilly are signed on for in their Marvel contract, but it's certainly clear that we haven't seen the last of either actor in the MCU.