If an all-female “Avengers” movie comes to fruition, “Ant-Man and the Wasp” director Peyton Reed said he would like to see Evangeline Lilly’s Hope van Dyne take charge.
“I’d like her running things. I’d like to see her as the head of the all-female Avengers,” Reed told The Huffington Post.
Of course, he added, Captain Marvel (Brie Larson) — who has “captain” in her name — might ultimately beat The Wasp out for the role of lady Avenger ringleader.
“Maybe that would be ‘Captain Marvel,’ because she does have the word ‘captain’ in her name. But I think Hope van Dyne is a very decisive leader and a tactician, in addition to being a brilliant scientist. So she checks a lot of boxes in terms of who’s going to be running the Avengers, theoretically,” Reed said.
In a previous interview, Reed said Hope van Dyne had her own mission in the sequel to 2015’s “Ant-Man,” and that she was “leading the charge” in the film.
“The mission that is happening with her, entirely separate of Scott, is vital and it’s her mission,” Reed said. “It’s not her dad’s mission. It’s her mission. Hank and Hope are working together, but it’s really Hope leading the charge and that was an important thing when we started talking about what was going on is the what and why of this mission, um, and that there may be certain points in this movie where she sees Scott as a liability.”
Lilly’s Wasp was lauded by fans and critics when “Ant-Man and the Wasp” hit theaters in July.
According to Observer, Tessa Thompson last October shared that the women of the Marvel Cinematic Universe had pitched an idea for an all-female “Avengers” film. However, at the Tribeca Film Festival, Thompson told the outlet, “I don’t know. That was kind of an offhand thing, and then the press really ran with it. The extent to which the press ran with it is also an expression of what ripe a time it is for something like that. That people are hungry for it, that people are interested in it.”
Marvel films have starred Zoe Saldana, Scarlett Johansson, Elizabeth Olsen, Karen Gillan, Pom Klementieff, Thompson, Lupita Nyong’o and Danai Gurira.
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