ANT-MAN Star Evangeline Lilly Confirms She's Stepping Away From Acting - What Does This Mean For The Wasp?

ANT-MAN Star Evangeline Lilly Confirms She's Stepping Away From Acting - What Does This Mean For The Wasp?

Ant-Man and The Wasp: Quantumania star Evangeline Lilly has confirmed plans to quit acting for the foreseeable future, leaving Hope Van Dyne's MCU future a mystery to us. Find more details right here...

By JoshWilding - Jun 04, 2024 11:06 AM EST
Filed Under: Ant-Man

It appears Evangeline Lilly's time as The Wasp in the MCU has reached its end. 

The actress has just shared a post on Instagram confirming that she plans to "[step] away" from Hollywood for the foreseeable future. In that, Lilly included a 2006 video which saw her talk about future aspirations, including retiring from acting to start a family and focus on humanitarian work.

Now, it appears she's making that dream come true. 

"I am so filled with joy and contentment today as I live out my vision. Praise God, I feel so grateful for my blessings," Lilly captioned the post. "Stepping away from what seems like the obvious choice (wealth and fame) can feel scary at times, but stepping into your dharma replaces the fear with fulfillment."

"I might return to Hollywood one day, but, for now, this is where I belong."

Ant-Man and The Wasp: Quantumania received largely negative reviews, but set the stage for Scott Lang and Hope Van Dyne to be major players in the Multiverse Saga and, more specifically, the next Avengers movies. 

With those set to start shooting over the next year or two, it seems unlikely Lilly will come out of retirement to play The Wasp (and if she does, we find it hard to imagine it being anything more than a cameo). On the plus side, Ant-Man can still team up with his daughter, Cassie! 

"I’m going to make a pitch that I think it might be time for a Wasp standalone film," Lilly said at the Ant-Man and the Wasp: Quantumania premiere last year. "Do we agree? Do we agree?"

"These are a commitment," she later added when quizzed about her MCU future. "They take a lot to do, and I have two kids at home. Every time that call comes in, I take a deep breath and go, ‘Whoa, am I ready for this? Am I willing to do it again?’ But every time I do. I do it again."

Lilly first joined the MCU in 2015's Ant-Man and was cast as Hope by original director Edgar Wright (she even considered leaving the project when he parted ways with Marvel Studios). She returned in 2018's Ant-Man and The Wasp and was then sidelined until Avengers: Endgame's final act. 

As well as returning in Quantumania, Lilly has voiced a Hope Variant in the animated What If...? TV series.

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TheGreenRanger - 6/4/2024, 12:03 PM
Oh no, a terrible blow for the M-She-U.
mountainman - 6/4/2024, 12:04 PM
Wasp could have been a major player several years back but the MCU never knew what to do with her. She could just be written off quite easily with no major impacts to the universe.
Vigor - 6/4/2024, 12:11 PM
@mountainman - agreed. You could way the same about a lot of the characters. I think the mcu has done a job no other studio has done before. But even then it's not perfect. It's a lot of characters to juggle. I wanted more for Wasp.

The title of wasp has passed on to others so perhaps this isn't the end for the superheroine yet
mountainman - 6/4/2024, 12:18 PM
@Vigor - It’s a bummer we never got to see Hank and Janet in their heyday, and maybe we could get a flashback project to that. I’ve never been a major Wasp fan, but Janet’s the only version I’ve ever cared about.
Apophis71 - 6/4/2024, 12:23 PM
@mountainman - I agree but in addition recasting is always an option anyway if they have a strong narrative reason to use the character again even if in some cases they have chosen not to use the recast option.

BIG reason why I lost interest in the Antman franchise is how badly they handled the supporting cast in the second and then third film. First was fun but forgettable however in many ways Wasp was a stronger character than Scott was the way they set everything up but not only doubled down on the gooft and heist aspects of Lang they wasted the rest of the family big time.
Apophis71 - 6/4/2024, 12:28 PM
@mountainman - Would STILL love an animated origin of Hank and Janet, takes us back to when they were working alongside Howard Stark, show what happened to the MCU Reed etc if they don't exist in the here and now on prime Earth, do more with the Howling commandos and suit up Falsworth as Union Jack etc...

...animated as cuts costs and can use the existing cast to voice where they can etc without expensive deaging and the like.
marvel72 - 6/4/2024, 12:40 PM
@mountainman - One of the problems with the Wasp, cool character.

However Ant-Man became inferior to the Wasp.

The Ant-Man trilogy became the Wasp trilogy.
mountainman - 6/4/2024, 12:43 PM
@marvel72 - That’s the downside to skipping Hank and Janet. All of the other OG Avengers got to start off with the legacy heroes except them.
Baf - 6/4/2024, 1:30 PM
@mountainman - They share a 12-step program with Hal Jordan.
StSteven - 6/4/2024, 2:51 PM
@mountainman - Yeah, I think I've posted this before, but I think that a D+ series with Hank and Janet in the 80's doing Cold War spy shit for S.H.I.E.L.D. would be awesome with a de-aged Douglas and Pfiefer. Doing the whole thing using de-aging would probably be rather cost prohibitive, however, so it would probably have to be fairly grounded and may be relegated to a Special Presentation, but I would prefer a limited series in the vein of "CA:WS".

Ad if it ended up being a success (and not too costly), they could do a couple of seasons and whenever they decide to end it, they end it with the flashback scene from "AM1" where Janet sacrifices herself to stop the missile, nicely tying it into "AM1" and filling out that backstory.
EgoEgor - 6/4/2024, 3:40 PM
@mountainman - Wasp was wasted, she is such a heart and soul character in the comics. Too bad. Part of that might because Lilly is such an uncharismatic actor, maybe recasting might make them open to a reinterpretation, she's way too flat of a character in the movies.
Scarilian - 6/4/2024, 5:02 PM
@mountainman -
Originally felt like the Ant-Man movie was setting us up for a Wasp solo film, which would feature her either discovering her mother in the Quantum Realm OR proving herself as a hero. It really felt like Ant-Man was setting up Hope more than Scott.
Radders - 6/5/2024, 8:57 AM
@marvel72 - Ant man is an inferior character to the Wasp, well with Janet and Hank anyway
Origame - 6/4/2024, 12:06 PM
God forbid, they might actually have to...recast!

I'd find it hilarious if they reveal wasp died off screen in antman 4 then it's revealed she had a daughter raised in new york also named hope.
harryba11zack - 6/4/2024, 12:18 PM
@Origame - an antman 4?
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Origame - 6/4/2024, 12:22 PM
@harryba11zack - yes, I wet myself just writing that 🤣
DTor91 - 6/4/2024, 1:26 PM
Origame - 6/4/2024, 2:39 PM
@DTor91 - thats what your mom said last night.
TheMetaMan - 6/4/2024, 12:11 PM
This is the type of thing celebrities do, they talk about a bucket list and then suddenly die the next day. That video was kinda weird. Is she trying to tell us something subliminal…
LSHF - 6/4/2024, 12:11 PM
Best wishes for her and her family.
hue66 - 6/4/2024, 12:12 PM
Recast during multiverse
harryba11zack - 6/4/2024, 12:15 PM
they already set up her and antman's replacement with that "don't be a d1ck" kid from antman 3.
Evansly - 6/4/2024, 12:17 PM
Here is the solution:

ProfessorWhy - 6/4/2024, 12:21 PM
Good, now properly recast
NGFB - 6/4/2024, 12:22 PM
Oh no. Do we like this or hate it? Waiting to see what the cool kids say before I jump on any bandwagon.
clintthahamster - 6/4/2024, 12:29 PM
@NGFB - I loved her in Lost, but haven't liked her in literally anything else. In retrospect, it might have been all the sweaty tank-top fits she was rocking in Lost that sold me on her performance.
NGFB - 6/4/2024, 12:32 PM
@clintthahamster - Now that is the kind of perspective I'm looking for!
Shivermetimbers - 6/4/2024, 12:48 PM
@NGFB - I think this will be met with a resounding "don't care". She was fine in the role, but a recast would be totally fine. I hope they actually do recast her. Marvel has been so weird about these actors. It seems like they think the actors are more important than the characters. Would them to recast more. Be able to continue these stories perpetually like they do with the comics instead of retiring the two best characters they had like they did with Cap and Iron Man.
Apophis71 - 6/4/2024, 1:33 PM
@Shivermetimbers - Do think they should recast more oft where needed but doing so with succesfull ones like Cap and Stark runs HUGE risks cos not a given a recast version will ever work anywhere near as well as the original cast did... isn't like either Cap or Iron Man were A list characters pre-MCU so...

...lower down the pecking order with supporting characters and/or those who have failed to resonate recasting should be a safe bet when/where needed if a strong narrative reason to keep using those characters.
AlexGSpeaks - 6/4/2024, 12:23 PM
Not surprising. Even when she was on Lost, she talked about not really being comfortable with acting. If she hadn't got in the MCU, she probably would have stepped away years ago. I mean has she really done any other acting jobs since Ant Man 1?
TheVisionary25 - 6/4/2024, 12:29 PM
@AlexGSpeaks - she’s done some indie features and voiceover work

She has another indie movie coming up too
SATW42 - 6/4/2024, 12:30 PM
@AlexGSpeaks - a few small projects. So basically no. Marvel money is good lol
TheVisionary25 - 6/4/2024, 12:27 PM
I mean , there’s always been something a bit odd about her but that statement feels kinda cult-y…

However , she just might be spiritual so if it’s nothing moreso then her just stepping away to spend time with her family and focus on other things she wants to do in life then I wish her well!!.

In regards to Hope , I think the character’s been alright but i would like her to come back for the Avengers films atleast (unless they just recast) since it would be odd to have her missing if Scott’s gonna be strongly involved…

They could say she’s off somewhere else with her family or a different part of the mission but that excuse only works so much but we’ll see.

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clintthahamster - 6/4/2024, 12:30 PM
@TheVisionary25 - She's an antivaxx goofball. She's probably [frick]ing off to a commune somewhere where she can get polio like a real free thinker.
TheVisionary25 - 6/4/2024, 12:32 PM
@clintthahamster - well , that’s unfortunate
TheVisionary25 - 6/4/2024, 12:33 PM
@Apophis71 - I could see that definitely

Maybe have her do some ADR and such
Apophis71 - 6/4/2024, 12:33 PM
@TheVisionary25 - Ultimately could still use Wasp without her in Secret War if they just have her as a background hero suited up the whole time then recast for the next saga. The number of characters that will likely appear in Secret Wars not all will get dialogue so as much as I'd like to see them do something good with Hope that wouldn't be the place they would have much time to do so beyond her in action scenes.
TheVisionary25 - 6/4/2024, 12:36 PM
@Apophis71 - I could see that

Might even have her or a sound alike do ADR
bkmeijer1 - 6/4/2024, 1:25 PM
@TheVisionary25 - I kinda agree. Kinda reminded me off Gwyneth Paltrow. Both sound kinda cult-y
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