How The Wasp Was Almost in ‘Captain America: Civil War’

By April 11, 2016

Marvel has been aiming high with Captain America: Civil War ever since it was first announced, and as more and more MCU characters were announced for the film, it seemed like the movie  would either end up being an overly ambitious mess, or the studio’s most accomplished film to date from a character standpoint alone. Whether it be introducing relatively new MCU characters into the team-up model like Ant-Man, or introducing characters like Black Panther and Spider-Man for the first time onscreen.

However, one beloved character that is not in the film, much to the disappointment of some fans out there, is Evangeline Lilly’s Hope van Dyne/The Wasp, who made her onscreen debut last year in the Ant-Man standalone film.

According to Kevin Feige though, she almost was in the film actually, included in the heavily-teased airport battle with all of the heroes, but the creative team opted to not include her in favor of giving her a much more substantial costumed intro in 2018’s Ant-Man and the Wasp. Check out his full quote from the Civil War press conference below:

“There were drafts where Wasp participated in the splash panel fight — the airport battle. And the truth is, it took away the fun of seeing her suit up for the first time — seeing her on that road to being a hero. We experienced that with Ant-Man in his own movie. We experienced that with Spider-Man in many movies, and we have big plans – we later announced the title of Paul’s sequel as ‘Ant-Man and the Wasp’ – so we have very big plans to unveil her in a movie where she can be in the entirety of the movie, rather than being a moment in an action scene.”

As cool as it would have been to see Lilly’s character included in the big fight in the film, I also understand what Feige is saying here and with the introduction of both Black Panther and Spider-Man in the film, I think that the reveal of yet another costumed character for the first time might have been too much, and would have either taken away from her reveal as a character, or from the other heroes in the film.

So while the idea of waiting two more years to see Wasp’s heroic introduction onscreen is somewhat of a bummer, I’d rather have it be in a fashion where she can truly shine, than being crowded in with a bunch of other characters.

Captain America: Civil War is set to hit theatres on May 6th, with Ant-Man and the Wasp set to be released on July 6th, 2018 as well.

Make sure to keep checking back for more updates — right here on GeekNation.

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Alex Welch

Alex Welch

Alex dreams of meeting a girl with a yellow umbrella, and spends too much time* staring at a movie screen. His vocabulary consists mostly of movie quotes and 80s song lyrics. *Debatable