ANT-MAN's Evangeline Lilly Reveals JANET VAN DYNE Was a MCU Superhero After All?

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Marvel Studios has kept a pretty tight lid on all things Ant-Man prior to its July 2105 release, but a new career-encompassing Buzzfeed interview with female lead Evangeline Lilly has resulted in a few details leaking out. Most revealing is perhaps Lilly’s seeming acknowledgement that in the Marvel Cinematic Universe her character Hope Van Dyne's mother was Janet Van Dyne and more importantly, she was a superhero.

Referring to her initial research into the history of the comic book Ant-Men Hank Pym and Scott Lang and then her reaction to the script by then-but-since-departed writer-director Edgar Wright, Lilly said, “I thought Edgar’s idea to blend the [Hank and Scott] stories was brilliant,” she said. “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," she continued after the money reveal that Janet apparently was the Wasp in the MCU. “I’m a pretty smart, competent, capable, kick-ass female. She’s very cool.”

But on the subject of Wright’s eventual departure in May, which he and Marvel jointly announced was due to their “differences in their vision of the film,” the actress said she was not initially satisfied with that explanation.

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“[I was] shocked,” she revealed. “And mortified, at first. Actually, I wouldn’t say mortified. You know, a creative project is a moving target. You never end up where you start. But we all, I think, signed on very enthusiastically with Edgar. We were excited to work with Edgar. We were fans of Edgar. So when the split happened, I was in the fortunate position where I had not signed my contract yet. So 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.”

So Lilly reportedly politely declined to sign her contract or attend her first costume fittings until she read the new version of the script, and when she did, said she found her "own writer’s affinity for world creation informing her appreciation for why Marvel and Wright had to part ways."

“I saw with my own eyes that Marvel had just pulled the script into their world,” she told Buzzfeed. “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.”

So after a successful meeting with Wright’s replacement, Peyton Reed, Lilly said, “I signed on and I never looked back.”

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