Marvel Confirms That Evangeline Lilly Is Playing Hope Van Dyne Pym In ANT-MAN

Despite several outlets reporting that her character would be known as Hope Van Dyne in Peyton Reed's Ant-Man, an official Marvel Studios press release confirms that Evangeline Lilly is playing Hope Pym, a character better known as "Red Queen" in the MC2 Universe...

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By Josh Wilding - 7/28/2014

Well, this is interesting. Despite reports coming out of Comic-Con that Evangeline Lilly would be playing a character known as Hope Van Dyne in Ant-Man, it has now been revealed that she will in fact be Hope Pym. If the name is familiar, it's because that's the daughter of Hank and Janet Pym in the MC2 alternate universe which also features Spider-Girl. She has a twin brother called Henry and eventually becomes the villainous Red Queen following the death of her parents, something she blames the Avengers for. While we could see this play out in the movie, it still seems far more likely that the Lost star will be a new version of The Wasp, a character that Joss Whedon had at one point included in an early draft of The Avengers. We don't know what role Janet will play in Ant-Man, but she will obviously be far too old at this point to become a member of Earth's Mightiest Heroes. Turning Hope into a villain seems like it would just be a wasted opportunity, wouldn't you agree?

Evangeline Lilly and Corey Stoll have found their way into the Marvel Cinematic Universe as the female lead and antagonist, respectively, in Marvel’s “Ant-Man,” in theaters July 17, 2015!
 
Lilly will play Hope Pym, the daughter of Hank Pym, while Stoll will play Darren Cross, a.k.a. Yellowjacket, the antagonist of the film. The two join stars Paul Rudd (Scott Lang) and Michael Douglas (Hank Pym), along with director Peyton Reed, for the size-changing super hero’s first cinematic adventure.
 
“We’ve been fans of Evangeline for years, and couldn’t be more pleased that she’s agreed to join us on Ant-Man’s journey to the big screen,” said Marvel’s Kevin Feige. “We look forward to audiences learning more about her character when she joins forces with Hank Pym and Scott Lang in 2015.
 
"Corey brings depth to every role he plays,” continued Feige. “As a major part of the Ant-Man ensemble, we all wanted an actor who could be both cunning and sympathetic, and help create a character as dynamic as Marvel's best antagonists."
 
Most recently, Lilly impressed audiences around the world with her portrayal of the willful and skilled Elfin archer Tauriel in Peter Jackson’s second installment of the Hobbit trilogy, “The Hobbit: Desolation of Smaug,” and will once again reprise the role in “The Hobbit: There and Back Again” later this year. Lilly was first introduced to audiences, who turned into die-hard fans, when she played Kate Austen for the entire length of ABC’s international hit series “Lost,” for which she also received a Golden Globe nomination and won a Screen Actor’s Guild Award.
 
Stoll, celebrated for his Golden Globe-nominated turn as Rep. Peter Russo in "House of Cards" on Netflix, recently appeared in "Non-Stop," which opened in first place at the box office earlier this year. The actor currently stars in “The Strain” on FX, the series premiere of which earned eight million viewers, and will next appear in Showtime’s award-winning “Homeland” series.
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Lozzy - 7/28/2014, 4:43 AM
Cool, so that means that Janet is her mother?
Doopie - 7/28/2014, 4:43 AM
so, who's jan?
KingOnslaught - 7/28/2014, 4:45 AM
PeterDarker121 - 7/28/2014, 4:46 AM
But the question still remains: WILL there be a Janet Van Dyne in the film?
staypuffed - 7/28/2014, 4:52 AM
Janet has to be in it.
giannis - 7/28/2014, 4:54 AM
I think Janet will be dead.
Lozzy - 7/28/2014, 4:59 AM
I bet everyone will be back on board with this movie when the first trailer hits.
JordanKing - 7/28/2014, 5:00 AM
I'm at a point where I just don't care what goes on with this movie.
mgeoff88 - 7/28/2014, 5:04 AM
The character was first announced as Hope Van Dyne, so that means Janet Van Dyne is her mother.

Marvel should also confirm I'm drinking alcohol right now.
foorishamewican - 7/28/2014, 5:05 AM
What benefit do these idiots get by messing with stoy...no Janet or wasp ever really?
SuperCat - 7/28/2014, 5:07 AM
Andree24 - 7/28/2014, 5:07 AM
R.I.P. Janet Van Dyne. Marvel has REALLY wasted that character. As soon as Michael Douglas was cast as Hank Pym, I knew that the Marvel Cinematic Universe, would do the same thing. Even Whedon, wanted to use her in the first Avengers movie. Too bad that Evangeline Lilly AND Janet, aren't with DC. LOL
lvcl - 7/28/2014, 5:11 AM
I feel that I don´t want to watch that Ant-Man movie

Ace101 - 7/28/2014, 5:12 AM
EzioKenway1225 - 7/28/2014, 5:17 AM
honestly..i dont mind different versions or takes on these characters or story..i just hope they are done well and are good..i am fan of comics but i am bigger fan of storytelling and stories..i think this story of Ant Man sounds really cool ... Mr Peyton Reed.. i have faith in you ..do not let me down!!!!..also for people who are bashing Reed..i think we forgot Favreau and The Russos.. "wait.. the guy who directed Elf and Zathura is doing Iron Man?.."what the guys who directed You, Me and Dupree and worked on sitcoms are doing Captain America 2"..lets give Reed a chance ok..plus Reed had areally good sounding take on The Fantastic Four back in 2002 and had a pretty interesting cast in mind..Alexis Denisof as Reed Richards, Charlize Theron as Sue Storm, John C Reilly as Ben Grimm/The Thing and Paul Walker as Johnny Storm/The Human Torch and he had Jude Law in mind for Doctor Doom.. he was going to direct it and was working with the screenwriter ,Doug Petrie who wrote episodes of Buffy and Angel, to bring it to life but Fox wanted to go in the direction of the two FF films we got and Reed wanted to do his version so he walked away, as did Petrie..this is a review of the script...it sounds pretty good...http://www.comicbookmovie.com/fansites/MrFantastic/news/?a=103834
UltimateTypeface - 7/28/2014, 5:18 AM
I don't get why Marvel has made this huge deviation from their source material.

I mean there has been some pretty big changes but Hank and Janet are 2/5 of the original Avengers.

I reckon that E.A.Wright is responsible for us never seeing the real Avengers.

I applaud Marvel for eventually calling out this "big director" and backing their own back story - not some spin that spits in the face of 60 years of history.

Its still pretty cool but could have been better
SuperCat - 7/28/2014, 5:18 AM
LOL! @ UrichLeeds
CherryBomb - 7/28/2014, 5:25 AM
Yay one of the Avengers most iconic female characters won't even be a part of the Avenger.
Yay! Thanks Edgar Wright and Marvel.
Killuminatic - 7/28/2014, 5:27 AM
Ooh, damn Josh...
Ace101 - 7/28/2014, 5:30 AM
i was both super excited and sad at wrights vision of ant man.
UrichLeeds - 7/28/2014, 5:30 AM
@JoshWilding.

HA! Like that happened anyway.
ThePowerCosmic - 7/28/2014, 5:32 AM
Angel and Beast were original X-Men but I don't hear you all complaining about them not being in the first 2 X films. These aren't the comics... It's the movie universe.

Who cares as long as it's good!
Vortigar - 7/28/2014, 5:32 AM
Really Josh?

The article is at the bottom of the main page right now.

SDCC or press release, the info was already official.
MexicanSuperman - 7/28/2014, 5:32 AM
@ UltimateTypeface, Marvel Studios has always made huge deviations from the source material since Ironman, so I don't know why you are complaining?
NoPhucksGiven - 7/28/2014, 5:35 AM
I can't say I'm happy with the choices that they are making for ant-man but whatever i'll end up watching it anyway like I always do.
giannis - 7/28/2014, 5:35 AM
@ThePowerCosmic "These aren't the comics... It's the movie universe.

Who cares as long as it's good!"

PeterDarker121 - 7/28/2014, 5:37 AM
@CherryBomb Where did you read that?

It's really AMAZING how many CB fans have suddenly developed precognition this weekend.
PutABirdOnIt - 7/28/2014, 5:48 AM
They have totally trashed Ant-Man. Bush League. They need to hire Bryan Singer for the Ant-Man sequel to do some time travel plot-line so we can actually see Ant-Man and Wasp fighting alongside Captain America, Thor and Ironman in Avengers 3.
foorishamewican - 7/28/2014, 5:50 AM
Angela Lansbury for Janet to fit in with the film
Pedrito - 7/28/2014, 5:51 AM
"Janet's character has been wasted."

Only short-sighted people say that.
They could give this obscure Hope Pym character all of the characteristics of Janet van Dyne and have her join the Avengers as the Wasp.
Who cares what the character's alter ego is called?
And who care if she's Scott Lang's love interest and not Hank's? Is a female character defined by her boyfriend/husband?

A bunch of close minded people around here.
Chewtoy - 7/28/2014, 5:57 AM
"Why the deviations?" Because Edgar Wright started this project 8 years ago before they had truly hammered out what they wanted the Cinematic Universe to be, and they obviously gave him a lot of latitude to use the characters he wanted to. Then it took so long to get made that they didn't want to hold back Ultron to wait until Ant-Man finally came out.

However, they've done what they could to keep things somewhat in line with what they should/could be:

-Hank should be Ant-Man and Jan the Wasp: no reason this couldn't still be true, but in a 70's period piece or flashbacks. They obviously didn't want to break up the couple by having Lily play Janet.
-They should be founding Avengers: well the "Avengers Initiative" idea obviously predates Iron Man, and Hank used to work for SHIELD in this, I believe. Maybe the whole thing was their idea.
-But we'll never see them fighting alongside the Avengers: Maybe. Unless it's against Kang. Or the Time Gem is involved. Or other wacky comic-book things happen.

It's clearly not ideal... But I have to at least give Marvel credit for working with the hole they found themselves in and leaving themselves ways to alter things in the future should they want/need to.
spidey23435 - 7/28/2014, 5:57 AM
I have a feeling the inclusion of this character may have been what caused the rift with Edgar and Marvel. She was not cast until the new director and writers took over. There is most likely a reason she was included that ties into the larger universe and is why Marvel wanted the character in and possibly Wright not. Just a guess though.
TheBrownHornet - 7/28/2014, 6:00 AM
I love Lily, but what? Who the?
ckal - 7/28/2014, 6:03 AM
Well the credibility of CBM just went down with @joshwilding 's comment.

ckal - 7/28/2014, 6:05 AM
I've never been a fan of Ant-Man or Wasp so I have always been ok with having them replaced with IMO far more interesting Avengers.
Klone - 7/28/2014, 6:07 AM
Good [frick]ing Lord what the hell is Marvel doing...
Klone - 7/28/2014, 6:08 AM
"Hope" is also a [frick]ing stupid female name. In real life when people name their children "Hope" I can't [frick]ing stand it because of how stupid and pretentious it is.
Spideyinthemcu - 7/28/2014, 6:08 AM
Stupid,stupid stupif
thewonderer - 7/28/2014, 6:09 AM
Gotta love the ignorants here blaming Wright for this, someone who has nothing to do with this project anymore.

If Marvel cared that much about source material they would've started Ant-Man from scratch. Instead they chose to let go of Edgar and continue on with these enormous comic deviations.

Seems like Marvel is behind this whole thing.
Shroombeast - 7/28/2014, 6:10 AM
Ugh. This [frick]ing movie.
Oh well. It may not be the Ant-Man movie I want, but I have faith in Marvel to make it good.

@lvcl I just want you to know that Labyrinth reference made my morning. Thank you sir.
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