The latest evolution of the Marvel Cinematic Universe introduces the newest member of the Avengers: “Marvel’s Ant-Man.” Armed with the amazing ability to shrink in scale but increase in strength, master thief Scott Lang (played by Paul Rudd) joins forces with his new mentor Dr. Hank Pym (Michael Douglas) to protect the secret behind his spectacular Ant-Man suit. Full of humor and heart, as well as awesome special effects, this action-packed adventure will be released in early December on Blu-ray, DVD and Digital HD–complete with never-before-seen deleted scenes, making-of featurettes, a gag reel and audio commentary. To celebrate the release of the Blu-ray/DVD, we chatted with Evangeline Lilly, who plays scientist Hope Van Dyne, to discover some insight into her role.
Alan W. Petrucelli: Let’s talk about your character, Evangeline. Hope Van Dyne has been praised by fans for being the biggest badass in the movie. Did you feel like you were playing a full-on superhero, even though she doesn’t wear a superhero costume?
Evangeline Lilly: That was the most exciting thing about the role. While we were filming and during post-production, there was a lot of buzz on the internet: ‘Is Evangeline playing the Wasp? Is she a superhero?’ I had a lot of questions directed my way about that, but I couldn’t have felt more comfortable or happier saying that Hope is a really capable, very powerful force to be reckoned with. She doesn’t have a superpower and she doesn’t put on a fancy suit and look dorky. My super suit was my power suit that I would go to work in to be a high-level scientist and a senior member on the board of a very powerful corporation. I think that’s a fantastic example for young women. Playing the role of female scientist in a world where mostly scientists are men is a great role to play.
AWP: When the Wasp costume is revealed at the end of the movie, Hope declares: ‘It’s about damn time.’ Did you feel like you were speaking for all womankind in finally getting this intense female superhero moment?
EL: Amen and touché! I think that there is a lot of excitement with the female audience about this character in general, and about the fact that Marvel are really, really taking female characters very seriously. Looking at their line-up, you can see that they have great intentions.
AWP: How much effort went into the creation of your feisty female character?
EL: As a woman who came into a predominantly male film, I had a great time working with the director, Peyton Reed, and with the producers on this character because I could see a hunger in them to really do right by Hope. I know they want to do right by their female fans and the female audience. When I pick a role, one of the things that I aspire to is that somebody’s parent will come up to me after the film to say, ‘My daughter idealizes that character. You’re her hero.’ That’s what we aim for, especially with this brand. We’re in the business of making heroes.