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Evangeline Lilly Doesn’t Want a Solo Wasp Movie for a Very Good Reason

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Since the entire Marvel Cinematic Universe is basically one big mix-and-match superhero grab-bag, constantly rearranging itself into various team-ups and spin-offs, it’s natural to let our fan brains go wild, imagining all the possibilities when we meet a new favorite character.

Fans have been especially vocal about wanting standalone solo films for the badass women of the MCU. We were clamoring for a Black Widow movie for what feels like forever, because 1. we wanted to see her story developed more fully and 2. she was pretty much the only existing female MCU character in a position to get a solo story.

Now, though, the MCU is filling out its female roster and we’ve got loads more female-led movies to pine for. (Well, relative loads. Relative to our previous one.) Valkyrie, Shuri, Gamora, the Wasp—more and more women are leaving such a heavy mark in their supporting roles that fans are saying they want more.

In regard to the last female hero on that list, though, Evangeline Lilly says she doesn’t want to see a solo film for the Wasp. At Fan Expo Boston this past weekend, she told a crowd, “I actually don’t like the idea of a Wasp standalone film, because Ant-Man and Wasp, since the very beginning in the comic books, were always a team.”

“And really,” she continued, “they’re kind of one of the only proper and true teams in the MCU, otherwise it’s mostly a lot of individuals. And I love the team aspect of it, I love watching the interplay between Wasp and Ant-Man and Ant-Man and the Wasp. For me, it’s the most fun part of the film.”

That’s a really insightful angle, and the lack of ego it takes to be able to say she’d rather be part of a team that a solo stand-out just makes me love Evangeline Lilly even more than I already did.

I agree with Lilly that Hope van Dyne is probably always going to be more interesting as part of a team, given that she is such a brilliant straight man, so to speak. It really is the interactions between her and Scott that make those movies great, rather than either character individually. But if Marvel ever gets around to making that all-female superhero movie, hopefully, she’d get a chance to be a part of another team.

What do you all think about Lilly’s stance on a Wasp solo film?

(via Comic Book Movie, image: Marvel Studios)

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