Evangeline Lilly Praises Ant-Man 3 Script, Says It May Be The Best Yet
Evangeline Lilly, who will reprise her Marvel Cinematic Universe role of Hope Pym/Van Dyne in Ant-Man and the Wasp: Quantumania, teases its script is the best entry in the franchise yet. Lilly made her MCU debut in 2015's Ant-Man, a film that also introduced the concept of the Quantum Realm, which would go on to play a major role in Avengers: Endgame (2019). After suiting up in 2018's Ant-Man and the Wasp and Endgame, Hope/the Wasp will return in director Peyton Reed's third Ant-Man film slated for release in 2023.
In addition to Lilly, Paul Rudd, Michael Douglas, and Michelle Pfeiffer are all reprising their roles of Scott Lang, Hank Pym, and Janet Van Dyne, respectively. Joining them is Kathryn Newton as Cassie Lang and Jonathan Majors as Marvel's much-hyped villain Kang the Conqueror. In Disney+'s Loki, Majors played a variant of Kang, He-Who-Remains, who warned the titular character about the dangers of unleashing "infinite devils" upon the MCU's Multiverse. While Loki's finale teased Kang in season 2, Ant-Man and the Wasp: Quantumania is the next confirmed appearance of the character. Plot details for the film are being characteristically kept under wraps, but it will likely further explain the inner-working of the Quantum Realm concerning the evolving Multiverse.
In a recent interview with Collider, Lilly was asked about her reaction to reading the script for Ant-Man and the Wasp: Quantumania. The actress praised writer Jeff Loveness (Rick and Morty) and hyped the movie as the best Ant-Man film yet. Read her full response below:
“I was so stoked on the script. Jeff Loveness is our new writer for the film. And we've never worked with him before. I think he is phenomenal. I think he's one of the best writers we've ever had. I think he's got an incredible mastery of voice. So on the page, I could hear all the characters, and I knew that he'd really kind of harnessed each person's unique personality. I just think that it's going to be really special. I think it's going to be really good. I actually think it has the chance to be the best one we've done yet.”
While Lilly hasn't been keeping up with everything MCU, she did go on to gush about WandaVision and Loki. Given the MCU's recent obsession with the Multiverse, it makes sense Loveness isn't the only Rick and Morty vet recruited by Marvel Studios. Michael Waldron, the head writer of Loki, not only worked on Rick and Morty but penned the upcoming Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness, which will feature Tom Hiddleston's God of Mischief and Elizabeth Olsen's Scarlet Witch. Waldron has said that Kang is the "next big cross-movie villain" of the MCU, implying Majors could cameo in a handful of properties before becoming the main antagonist of the Ant-Man threequel in 2023.
Kang's role in that film, as well as the subtle assembling of the Young Avengers, may not bode well for MCU vets like Rudd and Lilly. As of right now, Spider-Man: No Way Home's multiversal antics are shaping up to be the most anticipated cinematic event of the year. That being said, next year's Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness and 2023's Ant-Man and the Wasp: Quantumania look to top it in Phase 4.