Ant-Man and the Wasp debuted at number one despite going up against Jurassic World and Incredibles 2. It also did better than Ant-Man (which debuted with $57 million over the weekend) bringing in $75 million a box office. Ant-Man and the Wasp was a family-friendly movie that managed to not have many Shrek like jokes that only adults would get. In every movie, there is a character or actor that steals the show. Someone you can point at and go, “Without you, this movie doesn’t succeed.” Paul Rudd may have been the MVP in the first movie, but he wasn’t in this one. That honor goes to Evangeline Lilly. Evangeline Lilly was already great as Hope van Dyne in Ant-Man, but she stepped her game up dramatically in Ant-Man and The Wasp. How? Allow me to explain.
More than a co-star
In Ant-Man, Hope was a star, but not the main focus. She was regulated to training Scott Lang (Paul Rudd) to become more than just a skilled crook. Evangeline was more than just the love interest and trainer. She was also a genius and bad-@$$. Like Domino in Deadpool 2, every time she was on screen, she shined bright. Making her one of the stars was a brilliant idea because she deserved it.
Marvel does an amazing job of being patient with the movies and the characters. Showing the Wasp suit at the end of Ant-Man was a perfect tease. First, Wasp is an original Avenger in the comics. There’s no way fans wouldn’t be excited about her debut. Second, it gives fans of the movie a reason to be excited about the sequel.
The best Wasp
As a person who never liked The Wasp except in the Ultimate Universe, it was relief seeing her reinvent the character. She wasn’t Janet van Dyne (that’s her mother), but she did more for the character in two movies than the comic did in 55 years. She wasn’t just someone who was fighting, she was planning attacks and organizing ways to save her mother. Now, when she was fighting, her moves were smooth. Also, her transition between Wasp and human form was amazing and fun to watch.
All of that wouldn’t mean a thing if she couldn’t act the part. Evangeline portrayed everything from anger and disappointment in Scott for not asking for her help when Captain America called on him for help (Captain America: Civil War) to intensity during action sequences and attempting to find her mother.
Evangeline Lily should remain one of the crown jewels of the Marvel Cinematic Universe. Marvel is looking to have more women in their lineup and Hope Pym should absolutely have a place in their plans. She has the intelligence and physical skill to keep up with anyone on the Avengers roster. This is only the beginning of her greatness.