**SPOILERS FOR ANT-MAN**
There is a lot to like about Ant-Man (read my review here). In addition to being a very successful origin story for one of the founding Avengers (in the comics, at least), the film does a great job incorporating larger elements from the Marvel cinematic universe. There is the fight (and subsequent sub-plot) with Falcon, general discussion of the Avengers, the inclusion of Hydra, and even more cameos from Peggy Carter (Hayley Atwell), Howard Stark (John Slattery) and Stan Lee (Stan Lee).
Even when the film is over, the filmmakers still have more Marvel universe to give us. As with the Marvel films that came before it, Ant-Man features scenes during and after the credits to tease what is to come in the Marvel world. In this article we will just be looking at the first credits scene.
This credits scene (what are we calling these? mid-credits? Yeah, let’s go with that) takes us back to Hank Pym’s home. He is joined by his daughter, Hope Van Dyne, and they are talking about “power” of some sort. Pym has finally come to terms with the fact that his daughter is capable of taking care of herself. He is done holding her back, and actually wants to empower her.
He reveals that he has a suit that resembles the Wasp suit her mother wore. This is definitely a “Wasp 2.0” suit, as the original suit was lost with Janet Van Dyne. The main color on this suit is blue, to be distinctive from Ant-Man’s (and the original Wasp’s) red suit.
The implication is clear. Hope Van Dyne (as played by Evangeline Lilly) will be suiting up as the Wasp in the future.
When will we be seeing Wasp 2.0? That is a little less clear. Marvel President, Kevin Feige, confirmed that Wasp is coming. ComicBookMovie (via Yahoo) has a very choice quote from Marvel’s leader regarding the Hope Van Dyne Wasp:
“It’s going to be certainly a part of our Phase 3; some of the films we’ve announced in Phase 3…It is going to be a very important moment [in Ant-Man], and — spoiler alert! — we see that suit for the first time, and her father now is finally giving it to her and realizes that he can’t hold her back from what is essentially her destiny. It’s gonna be a very big part of one of our upcoming films.”
You might be led to believe that Captain America: Civil War would be the film to have that first appearance. After all, in addition to Black Panther and Spider-Man making their debuts in that film, Ant-Man himself will be joining in some capacity. Unfortunately, Wasp will not be choosing a side in the Civil War. When asked if Wasp will be in Captain America: Civil War, Feige clarified:
“No, we’ve announced all of the characters that will be in that movie, for the most part. But we do have plans for [Wasp] both if we’re able to make another Ant-Man film and in additional cinematic-universe films.”
At this point, there are two options. One, there could be another Ant-Man film on the way. This is pretty unlikely, Marvel has already announced their slate of movies through 2019. But honestly, if Ant-Man makes a ton of money, I could totally see Marvel shifting their schedule around to make room for another film.
The other (more likely option) is that Wasp will make her super-heroine debut in 2018’s Avengers: Infinity War – Part 1. It just makes sense, the current state of mind with these films is “more the merrier.” Even if it is a small role, it definitely makes sense for Wasp to show up and help with the action in the next Avengers film. I think it will make for a great addition to the team. I’m loving that the next generation of Avengers is going to include more women. In addition to Black Widow, the next team will include Scarlet Witch, Captain Marvel (those are confirmed), and hopefully Wasp.
To be clear, though I have been referring to Evangeline Lilly’s future character as Wasp, she is actually taking up the Wasp mantle from her mother, Janet. Collider Movie Talk points out that there is definitely the possibility of Janet returning. Even if that happens though, Hope is taking over the Wasp mantle and expect to see her in future Marvel Cinematic Universe films. In the comics, Hope turned into the villain Red Queen, so this will definitely be a departure from the source material as they move forward.
I am looking forward to more Wasp. Evangeline Lilly is a great actress who is staking her claim in the realm of geeky properties (in addition to Ant-Man, she was in the Hobbit films and had a prominent role on Lost).
What about you guys? Are you excited to see The Wasp joining the Marvel Cinematic Universe?
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