Evangeline Lilly, playing the latter title character in Ant-Man & the wasp, took some time to talk about the movie’s action and how she is determined to keep it true to the style from the comic books.
She made these comments to Screen Rant when they came to visit the set of the upcoming Marvel Cinematic Universe film.
“I do mitts, [because] I love them. And she needs to be able to punch and not look like she can’t punch, not look like Scott Lang when he punches,” she said, laughing.
She added that she was not going to just let all of her stunt doubles do all of the work, but instead works with them in front of a mirror, trying to get down the moves that will look like they can actually hurt someone—while also “throw[ing] up some flare,” so that it will look as cool and dynamic as it does in the comic books.
Accuracy to the source material is apparently a big thing for this actress, who wants her moves to be distinct from her co-star, Paul Rudd as Scott Lang/Ant-Man. As she notes, modernization of these characters is important, but so is getting down what has made them appealing all of these decades.
“She is very, very graceful in the comic books. She’s very feminine,” Lilly said of the Wasp, adding “She’s got pointed toes and long limbs and she’s very elegant. And I really wanted to hang onto that.”
Though it is worth noting that Lilly’s version of the Wasp is unique to the films—in the comics, the most famous version of the Wasp is Janet van Dyne, who will premiere in the new movie played by Michelle Pfeiffer. Lilly plays Hope van Dyne, her daughter, who is actually loosely based on the comic book villain Hope Pym, aka Red Queen.
To make things more confusing, a new comic Wasp has recently been introduced. Her name is Nadia (which means “Hope”). She is the daughter of Hank Pym and his first wife, but has been semi-adopted by Janet van Dyne and thus uses her surname. So she is based on Lilly’s character, who is based on a different comic book character, all of whom are Hank Pym’s daughters. Marvel is famous for complicated family trees, after all.
The film will be out July 6.