Ant-Man and the Wasp actress Evangeline Lilly has revealed that she preferred making the first Ant-Man movie over the sequel.
While Evangeline Lilly and her character Hope played a significant part in the first Ant-Man, the sequel, Ant-Man and the Wasp, brought a much larger spotlight to the character, putting her on equal footing with Paul Rudd’s Ant-Man.
But according to Lilly, the extra attention didn’t equate to more fun on set, as she has revealed at a Fan Expo Canada panel that the first film was more enjoyable to make:
“You guys are going to be so disappointed by my answer.” Lilly said in response to which movie she preferred filming. “I enjoyed filming Ant-Man more than I enjoyed filming Ant-Man and the Wasp. Ant-Man and the Wasp was — Am I allowed to swear? It’s an eleven year old who asked me the question, so maybe I shouldn’t. But man, it was tough. It was a tough shoot.
“And it was particularly tough for me, because I am controlling. And I had to share this character suddenly with an entire team of people, from a huge team of stunt people – I had three stunt women on the movie. [I had to share] with the special effects team, with the editors, with the post-production team, with the producers and the director. Everybody had so much more of a say, and work to do, to create this character, that I felt like, at the end of the day, like I was responsible for 25% of her. And that was so hard for me to let go of control and just say ‘Okay, I trust you guys and I’m sure it’s going to be amazing.’ I kept kind of grasping, like ‘No! Give her back! I wanna do everything!’ …So Ant-Man was more fun for me.”
With Lilly explaining it like that, it’s not hard to see why she gave the answer she did. Losing control over a character you love and having to rely on others to help you tell her story must be difficult. Of course, whether or not she preferred how Ant-Man turned out as a film over the sequel is another question entirely.
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From the Marvel Cinematic Universe comes Ant-Man and The Wasp, a new chapter featuring heroes with the astonishing ability to shrink. In the aftermath of Captain America: Civil War, Scott Lang grapples with the consequences of his choices as both a super hero and a father. As he struggles to rebalance his life with his responsibilities as Ant-Man, he’s confronted by Hope van Dyne and Dr. Hank Pym with an urgent new mission. Scott must once again put on the suit and learn to fight alongside the Wasp as the team works together to uncover secrets from the past.
Ant-Man and the Wasp sees Peyton Reed returning to the director’s chair and stars Paul Rudd (Scott Lang), Evangeline Lilly (Hope Van Dyne), Michael Douglas (Hank Pym), Michael Pena (Luis), David Dastmalchian (Kurt), Abby Ryder Fortson (Cassie Lang), Judy Greer (Maggie), Bobby Cannavale (Paxton) and T.I. (Dave), while new additions to the cast include Michelle Pfeiffer as Janet Van Dyne, Laurence Fishburne as Dr. Bill Foster/Goliath, Hannah John-Kamen as The Ghost, Walton Goggins as Sonny Burch and Randall Park as Jimmy Woo.