Evangeline Lilly has been playing Hope van Dyne since 2014’s Ant-Man, but she says the character is still hard for her to understand.
Speaking to THR, Lilly said, “the truth is that I find it harder to know and understand Hope than any other character I’ve ever played before.”
Lilly says she wants to honor Hope in her portrayal of her, but that she’s an “odd enigma” for her. According to Lilly, Ant-Man and the Wasp: Quantumania is about halfway through filming, and this script has helped her get more of a grasp on the character.
“I will say that after I read the script of the film, I did have a kind of eureka moment; I said to [director Peyton Reed], ‘Oh my God, I think I finally get her.’ Three or four films in, I thought, ‘I think I get it now’,” Lilly said. “So I’m hoping that when we come to wrap and when I see the movie, I’m going to know the difference. But I don’t think anyone else will. I think I’m a good bluffer.”
Hope van Dyne is introduced in Ant-Man. She has a more prominent role in the sequel where she got the second billing in the title, Ant-Man and the Wasp, and where she takes on a starring role alongside Paul Rudd. Lilly also makes appears in Avengers Endgame and voiced the character on an episode of What If…? as a variant in another universe.
Ant-Man 3 was revealed late last year, and is set to release on February 17, 2023. Before that, MCU fans can look forward to 2021’s Spider-Man: No Way Home and Eternals, which will have a “very big effect” on the MCU’s future.
Logan Plant is a freelance writer for IGN. You can find him on Twitter @LoganJPlant.