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Five Roles For Evangeline Lilly In “Ant-Man”


It looks like Paul Rudd might just have an Ant-Man co-star in his own age bracket. If the talks between Evangeline Lilly and Marvel Studios pan out, she’ll become the latest actor to join the ever-growing Marvel Cinematic Universe. Lilly’s no stranger to big franchises and cult favorite properties thanks to her two career-defining roles – Kate Austen on the ABC drama Lost and Tauriel in The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug.

Much like Rudd before her, these early reports remain a little vague about which character she will be suiting up as in Marvel’s next possible franchise starter – if she even suits up at all. With that in mind, here are five roles that Lilly might be up for.

Janet Van Dyne/The Wasp


Just in terms of name recognition in comic book circles, you can’t have an Ant-Man without a Wasp. These two heroes have been crime-fighting partners (and more) since 1963, and a big screen Ant-Man outing without a Wasp would not only be a huge blow against diversifying the predominantly male Marvel Cinematic Universe, it would be a huge detriment to the spirit of Ant-Man. There’s just one problem: Paul Rudd isn’t playing Janet’s partner Hank Pym. That role belongs to Michael Douglas, which has led many people to wonder if director Edgar Wright has envisioned a similarly older – and possibly similarly retired – version of Ms. Van Dyne. Still, with a character as integral to the Avengers mythos as the Wasp, there’s no reason for her to be solely defined by her relationship with Hank Pym. Evangeline Lilly should play Wasp, and she should play a Wasp not defined by who she’s dating.

Bobbi Morse/Mockingbird


Knowing how the MCU works, Rudd’s Scott Lang will most likely be a S.H.I.E.L.D. agent. The superspy organization has become the farm team for superheroes lately, with Falcon, Black Widow and Hawkeye all getting their start there. If Lang is a S.H.I.E.L.D. agent, then it would make sense for him to have a few S.H.I.E.L.D. partners, and Mockingbird would be a great fit for Lilly. As Tauriel, Lilly proved herself an incredibly capable action star, and she would work wonders with the battle stave wielding and wisecracking Mockingbird.

Jessica Drew/Spider-Woman


Whether or not Marvel can legally call a character Spider-Woman remains up in the air thanks to Sony’s ownership of all things Spidey, but it’s likely that same red tape does not surround the name Jessica Drew. This Bronze Age heroine emerged from ’70s obscurity to become one of Marvel’s most prominent leading ladies, and she needs to be in a movie. On Lost, Lilly proved capable of making a tortured character with a dark past sympathetic and compelling; Spider-Woman exists in that same gray area. Plus, this heroine has deep roots within the terrorist HYDRA organization. This group needs to make a big comeback in the MCU, and introducing Jessica Drew might just be the way to kick off a larger HYDRA story.

Whitney Frost/Madame Masque


Marvel needs to bring more female villains to the big screen, and Ant-Man might just be the perfect place to start. Neither Hank Pym nor Scott Lang have especially compelling archenemies, unless you really think Egghead deserves a shot at film stardom. No, director Edgar Wright should cast a wider net and use an underrated – but actually dangerous – villain like Madame Masque. This calculating criminal mastermind could prove to be Scott Lang’s match, and it would actually be pretty awesome to see Lilly cut loose in a straight-up villain role.

Pym’s Daughter/Lang’s Girlfriend

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Early reports made mention of Lilly playing a character that fits into this role, and that’s easy to believe knowing how Hollywood works. This character does not exist in the comics, as Hank Pym does not have a daughter and Scott Lang is divorced. Creating an original character for a Marvel film isn’t necessarily a bad thing – look at Agent Coulson and Darcy Lewis for examples of how this can work out well. It would be disappointing, however, for Marvel to cast a phenomenal actress like Lilly in a role that’s defined by her relationship to the male character, especially if that role falls squarely in the “damsel in distress” realm. If Lilly is playing Pym’s daughter, and if she has to be Lang’s love interest, then she should also be a kick-ass S.H.I.E.L.D. agent that saves the new Ant-Man’s life as many times as he saves hers. Evangeline Lilly needs to play a superhero, too.


  • Atomic Kommie Comics

    “Neither Hank Pym nor Scott Lang have especially compelling archenemies,
    unless you really think Egghead deserves a shot at film stardom.”

    C’mon, you KNOW you want to see a CGI Scarlet Beetle!

  • dekko

    As great as the Wasp is, she’s always been defined by Pym because her abilities came from him. Perhaps they’re thinking that if Pym were her father, it would be easier to have her step out of his shadow and be more of an equal to Ant-Man Lang if they both gain their powers from Pym.

    Also, I find it difficult to imagine why anyone would give a woman tiny little insect wings on her back. But then, maybe that’s why I’m not making this film. ;)

  • Drew Melbourne

    The Wasp was the leader of the Avengers for years, during which time Hank Pym was largely absent. It’s only in recent years that we’ve gotten this reversal: where the Wasp has been moved to the sidelines (to make room for characters like Wolverine and Spider-Man) and a concerted, repeated effort has been made to rehabilitate Hank Pym’s image.

    Ironically, the reason for this is largely that there’s been talk of an Ant-Man movie dating back almost 10 years now. Perhaps this is a bit to conspiratorial, but my sense is that if they HAD to make Hank Pym work in a modern context, it would be best to sideline the Wasp to avoid the old associations…

  • Guest

    I’m surprised no one has guessed that she might be playing Scott’s ex-wife Peggy Rae. If they’re going the To Steal an Ant-Man route, then Cassie needs a mom.

  • Guest

    That’s where I went.

  • Bloodstonefreak

    What about Rita DeMara…a thief, like Lang, who steals one of Pym’s Yellowjacket costumes (could be made that she steals one of Janet’s Wasp costumes), just like how Lang steals one of Pym’s Ant-Man costumes. She has been and ally and foe of the Avengers and has been a member of the Guardians of the Galaxy. I really think this would be the PERFECT role to be incorporated into the film…

  • Simon Is

    I’m betting it’s the Wasp, which I’d also be happy with. I’m betting that they’ll make Janet younger than Hank (much younger), if only to continue to avoid how Marvel have backed Pym into a corner…seriously, google search Hank Pym and you’ll soon see the panel that Marvel has chosen to highlight above all else, the one panel where he hits Janet. Disney won’t want that in their library.
    By making Lang Ant-Man, and throwing Pym into a seniors home, they can avoid talking about Pym in the present much. Too bad, ‘cos I really wanted to see Pym out there in his prime and in all his identities.

  • Mike James

    Aside from the word “spider”, Spider-Woman has absolutely NOTHING to do with the Spidey universe, Sony’s claim on the character would be highly dubious, if it even exists.

  • Mike James

    I still think its a shame that Pym is defined by ONE PANEL that boiled down to an artist’s interpretation of a script- while Peter Parker hit Mary Jane pretty damn hard WHILE SHE WAS PREGNANT and nobody ever brings it up.

  • Aphthakid

    You know, she could be playing Hank Pym’s daughter and they could then make that character the Wasp and Janet Van Dyne would be her dead/divorced/otherwise unseen mother.

  • Aphthakid

    Michael Douglas playing an older man married to a very much younger woman? It’s a stretch, but I think he could pull it off.

  • Ava6581 .

    The reason Marvel can use Quicksilver and Scarlet Witch is because they’re names aren’t X-Man and X-Woman. Marvel might have Jessica Drew but no way in hell do they have Spider-Woman.

  • Randy Meyer

    The Rabble Rouser!!

  • Simon Is

    That’s as good a guess as I think there is. Her name’s probably going to be Jan too. As long as Marvel doesn’t retcon the actual comic that way and we see Hank Pym doing something interesting in the MU, I’m resigned – I mean – I’m ok with that (there are bigger problems in the world!)

  • Banon

    It would be weird to see Madam Masque as an Antman villain. She’s always been one of Iron Man’s most interesting rogues.

  • Ron

    She may be Pyms and Van Dynes daugther. Maybe she takes up the Wasp Mantle after her mother kinda like in the Watchmen movie. (I know, DC) but Id be okay with it. Personally i wanted Paul Rudd to play Pym but we dont always get what we want. Being described as a heist movie i can see it work. Wasp has to be a part of it and it cant be an old lady so im putting my money on her. Only she wont be wasp in this movie. Probably tease her taking the mantle at the end of the movie.

  • guest

    Marvel is not choosing to highlight that panel/ image – various websites are – why you might wonder – because most websites take their stories from other websites – ie. they’re all just copies of copies of copies – including this website. Very few actually do any real journalism – including the whole “rumor” that Evangline Lilly is in negotiation for a role in Ant-Man – EVERY single website is just reporting based off some other websites – and the funny part is that it might not even be true – but damn doing any research or actual confirmation – or may be even getting a quote from Marvel directly (that’s just silly right?)

  • SlamAdams

    Comrade X maybe

  • SlamAdams

    The reason Marvel can use Quicksilver and Scarlet Witch is because it only took them about a year to quit the Brotherhood (first appearance in March 1964) and join the Avengers (May 1965), a corner of the Marvel universe that has more claim to them than the X-Men corner no matter how they got their powers or who their father is. So I highly doubt Marvel is barred from using the name Spider-Woman

  • notfromvenus

    I read an interview with Whedon where he said that he loves the Wasp and she was almost in the Avengers, but in the script he wrote with her, her origin story totally took over the movie, so he had to write her out. So I imagine he’s rooting for her to be in Ant-Man.

    I’ve seen speculation that they’re going to have Janet be Hank’s daughter, so they can have a young Wasp, which I rather like, even if it’s not true to the comics.

  • notfromvenus

    I don’t really know how their contract works, but I think it’s quite possible that Sony bought the rights to all heroes with “spider” in their name, whether or not they had anything to do with Peter Parker, just so that no one else could release a movie called “Spider-______”.

    Your average Joe, if they heard “Spider-Woman”, is probably going to assume she’s the female version of Spider-Man and have a related story. So Sony may feel that a Spider-Woman movie would confuse the brand image, or be competition with a Spider-Man movie, which they wouldn’t want.

  • Simon Is

    Marvel has certainly been highlighting that panel – maybe not in copying it on their site, but in choosing how Hank’s going to be portrayed it sure has. Every time he takes one step forward (Johns’ Avengers run, Pym in Avengers Academy, even Waid’s one-shot) he takes one step back into someone needing redemption again a year later.

  • Morte

    What about Jessica Jones, Lang’s girlfriend, and then starting the spinoff series with her? She has worked in TV before.

  • justsaying

    Evangeline a phenomenal actress? She sucks! Bad acting in Lost and she was awful and unnecessary in The Hobbit.