While the upcoming Captain Marvel will be the first Marvel Studios film to feature a female superhero in the solo hero capacity, it’s not the first film from the studio to have a female character headlining & being part of the film title. That honor goes to Evangeline Lilly’s Wasp from this year’s Ant-Man and the Wasp.
Both films have encouraged the audience that has long called for such moves, and that encouraging effect has even affected the actors. Previously Lilly had thought that a solo Wasp film would not be a thing since Ant-Man and the Wasp are a duo usually, but the recent slew of Captain Marvel teaser materials might have changed her mind.
As reported by ComicBook.com, while at Salt Lake City’s Fan X convention, to promote her new children’s book The Squickerwonkers, Lilly spoke about this potential change of mind.
“The original comic books, Ant-Man and the Wasp are a duo. And they’re always a duo. I mean, correct me if I’m wrong, but I feel like you almost never see them not together,” Lilly said. “And I’ve been asked, ‘Would you like to do a standalone Wasp film?’ And I keep saying, ‘Well, I don’t think so, because they’re partners, and they were always partners, and they’re original founding members of the Avengers and they belong side by side.’ And now I’ve been seeing posters coming out for Captain Marvel, and I’m like, ‘Ohh, hang on a minute! That looks really fun!’”
Such a film is truly a possibility as things stand currently. All of phase 4 of the Marvel Cinematic Universe, what comes after Avengers 4, is fully unknown to the public at this point outside of rumors and suggestions and of course the confirmed July release of Spider-Man: Far From Home.
What has been said on numerous occasions by Marvel Studios President and head mastermind Kevin Feige is that the next phase will feature numerous films featuring women both as the headlining characters as well as directors and more. The upcoming, though still not fully officially confirmed, Black Widow film is one of those and likely a Captain Marvel sequel as the first is likely to do very well for the company.
That leaves room for films starring the Wasp and various other characters, with Marvel reportedly having somewhere around 20 films already planned for the phase and beyond. Once you factor in the eventual addition of the X-Men and Fantastic Four to the MCU the possibilities grow even more.
Lilly’s reservations about the possibility do make sense, but there is a way to have the proverbial cake and eat it too. As Ant-Man and the Wasp ended up being more successful than it’s predecessor there is a possibility to see a third film (most of the series are tending to be a trilogy so far) as well as a Wasp solo before or afterward. There is even the chance that like Ant-Man, Lilly’s Hope could headline the film with Paul Rudd’s Scott Lang still along for the ride but just not in the title, therefore keeping them paired up but giving her the major part of the spotlight this time around.
Only time will tell what happens, either way, Lilly seems game for what Marvel Studios might have for her.