‘Ant-Man’ Director Explains Why Wasp Doesn’t Appear in ‘Captain America: Civil War’

Peyton Reed says Marvel fans can expect to see Evangeline Lilly as a “fully formed” superhero in “Ant-Man and the Wasp”

Peyton Reed Teases Ant Man and the Wasp

When Evangeline Lilly returns to the Marvel movie universe alongside Paul Rudd in “Ant-Man and the Wasp,” expect the female superhero to be “fully formed.”

“Evangeline is an amazing actress,” “Ant-Man” director Peyton Reed told Entertainment Weekly at the “Captain America: Civil War” on Tuesday. “The first movie was really about her coming into her own as a hero, even though we didn’t see her suit up yet. So we’re so excited about now being able to show her fully formed and what she is as a superhero. Her power set, how she fights, and what are the injustices that matter to her that she wants to right. That’s part of the really fun thing of the next movie.”

And while Rudd appears in “Civil War,” his female counterpart does not. According to Reed, there were already too many characters in the movie, and he wanted to properly introduce her superhero alter ego.

“It just didn’t make sense for Wasp [to be in ‘Civil War’] because there’s so many characters in this movie, and you really want to see her become a hero and really spend time with her,” Reed said. “She’s a complicated character and a rich character. We’re really, really having fun writing that.”

Adding that the “Ant-Man” sequel is still in the early ages, he also talked about the creative challenges of shaping the 2018 release.

“The challenge in ‘Ant-Man and the Wasp’ is just topping everything that comes before,” he said. “But that’s a challenge I think with every Marvel movie, with every hero movie. You don’t want the audience to get bored and feel like, oh man, I saw that in the last movie. You always got to give them something different.”