Why Evangeline Lilly Preferred Filming Ant-Man Over Its Sequel

By this point, late in its theatrical run, Ant-Man and the Wasp is an undeniable modest success for Marvel Studios. It’s just shy of breaking $600 million at the worldwide box-office, and while it’s not exactly a runaway hit, it’s more than made enough to cover its costs, and more importantly, it’s looked at in a positive light in terms of the MCU canon — which is much more important at this stage in the Studio’s life as Avengers 4 quickly approaches.

The film was also notable since it was the first time a female superhero was in the title of a Marvel movie, and with that came an increase in actress Evangeline Lilly’s role in it. You’d think that, with an increased role, Lilly would love filming on that movie all the more, but apparently that isn’t the case with her. Speaking at Fan Expo Canada, Lilly gave her reasons why she preferred working on its predecessor:

“You guys are going to be so disappointed by my answer. I enjoyed filming Ant-Man more than I enjoyed filming Ant-Man and the Wasp. 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.”

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That is definitely a surprising answer, but it does make sense. As is the case pretty much all the time, with an increase in scope or scale comes less control. With that first film, given the few stunts the character had (if any), Lilly likely felt like she had much more control over what ended up on the big screen.

But how did the finished product end up for you? At the end of the day, is the character of Hope Van Dyne stronger in Ant-Man than in Ant-Man and the Wasp, or did all that spreading of the work truly pay off? Let us know your thoughts down below!

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