While we still might be a year away from Captain Marvel — the first stand-alone female fronted movie from Marvel — we don’t have to wait that much longer for a lady superhero to take top billing. Whether Scott Lang likes it or not, he’s now partnered with Hope van Dyne when Ant-Man and the Wasp picks up with Evangeline Lilly front and center, and — if the posters for the movie are any indication — maybe even eclipsing Ant-Man himself, Paul Rudd. (Sorry, Paul!)
We’re now two years after the events of the OG Ant-Man and Captain America: Civil War but before the events of Avengers: Infinity War. Got all of that? Great. When we last saw Hope, her father (Michael Douglass) was finally gifting her the super-suit originally meant for her mother, the MIA Janet (Michelle Pfeiffer). Hope mutters “it’s about damn time”: about damn time that Hope suited up herself to help save the day. But for Lilly, putting on the suit for the first time was not exactly some emotional Marvel moment — and left her politely asking the wardrobe department to make some changes to her, ahem, butt.
“Well the first time I put on the suit it didn’t fit, so it was very anti-climatic,” Lilly explained during a set visit to Ant-Man last August down in Atlanta, Georgia. “I was like, ‘This is gonna be…oh. This doesn’t work. Why is my bum flat? I have a really good bum guys, come on. Work with me here.’”
After many, many misses, the costume finally came together — and a new color was even created for the costume, nicknamed “gilver,” which is a fun combination of gold and silver — and, in Lilly’s words, “That was fucking cool.”
“I put it on and you could feel everyone in the room went, ‘Oh, there she is.’” Lilly continued. “Then it was like they couldn’t get it off of me. I was like, ‘No, just let me wear it a little longer.’ I’m dancing around the room. I should have been fighting around the room but I’m not actually the Wasp, I’m Evangeline Lilly. Hi. I danced.”
To get into the suit, and also ready to fight as the Wasp, Lilly went through some intense physical training and that, sadly, meant avoiding donuts in the morning from craft services.
“I kind of just stay in good shape, that’s how I like to be,” she said. “So I was thinking, ‘Oh, I don’t have to work out or do anything to get ready for this role. I’ll just be myself. I’m fit, so it’s fine.’ And then I put the suit on and tried to swing some punches. After 10 minutes of mitts I was dying. So, I realized I might need to do a little more conditioning to play a superhero in a formfitting leather suit. A lot of my stunt training has revolved around kind of understanding the shape and understanding the style [of the character]. But I do mitts ’cause 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.”
But at the end of the day, it was Mr. Rudd himself who gave her the best advice when it came to training and staying in shape. And the the sage advice is: Just eat the donuts because there are stunt people to do the difficult things.
“[Paul] is very candid about the fact that we are covered from head to toe, there isn’t an inch of us that shows when we are fighting ’cause we’re in…suits. He’s definitely had some kind of wise, let-me-give-you-some-advice talks with me, which is, ‘They’ll never use you [to film certain scenes].’ So you might as well let the stunt people do what they do and focus on your performance.”
So if you want to look, and train, and flight, and fly just like Hope and the Wasp, eat that donut. Ant-Man and the Wasp hits theaters on July 6th.