It looks like the Wasp is here to stay. While Ant-Man and the Wasp promoted Evangeline Lilly’s character to a lead, there were still some worries that the third film may go back to focusing on Ant-Man, but that is clearly not the case.
In an interview with Yahoo Entertainment, Ant-Man and the Wasp director Peyton Reed provided a few updates about the status of Ant-Man 3, and the future of the relationship between Evangeline Lilly’s Wasp and Paul Rudd’s Ant-Man.
Yahoo Entertainment correspondent Kevin Polowy spoke about the gender balance brought to the Ant-Man franchise by giving Paul Rudd and Evangeline Lilly equal billing and screen time in Ant-Man and the Wasp. Polowy asked Peyton Reed if the same can be expected for the third film, to which Reed responded:
They’re a partnership, and she’s a very very important part of that… And that was a very gratifying thing, I guess technically we were the first Marvel movie with a female hero in the title of the movie. Finding that balance in that movie, that’s very important to me because that’s very much a men’s playing field, historically. But that’s really, really changing now in a great way.
Ant-Man and the Wasp finally delivered on that promise, putting Scott Lang and Hope van Dyne side-by-side on an adventure that was largely tied to Hope’s own emotional story arc. The two tiny superheroes became an unbreakable duo, who fought next to each other in Avengers: Endgame’s epic finale, and now the director of Ant-Man 3 is providing an update about how the Wasp will fit into the third film.