“Finally, every single character from that first issue of Avengers is here on the big screen.”
It’s understandable that Marvel Studios decided to focus on the characters of Iron Man, Captain America and Thor in their initial releases leading up to The Avengers. The characters have always had larger followings among comic book fans than Avengers co-founders Ant-Man and The Wasp, and they had all been featured more prominently in other media than their diminutive teammates. Thankfully, the off-kilter family fun of Ant-Man paid off and we are finally getting the last of the original comic book Avengers on the big screen with Evangeline Lilly as Hope Van Dyne, aka The Wasp.
Just in time for the opening of Ant-Man and The Wasp next Friday, Marvel has released a new featurette that gives casual fans a brief introduction to the history of the character and her motivations in the movie, with a tiny tease about Avengers 4.
Ant-Man & the Wasp was directed by Peyton Reed from a script by Chris McKenna, Erik Sommers, Andrew Barrer, Gabriel Ferrari and Rudd. Paul Rudd returns as Scott Lang, aka Ant-Man; Michael Douglas returns as original Ant-Man Hank Pym; Michael Peña returns as Luis; with Michelle Pfeiffer as original Wasp, Janet van Dyne; Laurence Fishburne as the size-changing hero Bill Foster, aka Goliath; and Walton Goggins and Hannah John-Kamen as the villains Sonny Burch and Ghost.
Ant-Man & the Wasp opens in theaters on July 6th.