Hope van Dyne’s Wasp might be small, but she’ll pack a big punch with Evangeline Lilly in the role. Her arms are the real superheroes of the Marvel Cinematic Universe.
Lilly jumped into filming for Ant-Man and the Wasp, the sequel to 2015’s Ant-Man, on Monday, but, first, she took to Twitter on Sunday to share a photo of her superhero stature. The photo, which is of Lilly in what looks to be a kitchen and wearing a sleeveless shirt, shows off the insane amount of work she’s done for her role as the Wasp.
If Lilly’s arms aren’t “#Wasp ready,” then no one’s are. “Sun’s out, guns out,” and all that, y’know?
Lilly’s Hope van Dyne didn’t get too much play in terms of heroics in the first Ant-Man film. Marvel played it somewhat tongue-in-cheek in a post-credit scene, though, when Michael Douglas’s Hank Pym introduced the Wasp suit and Hope turned to the camera to say, “It’s about damn time.”
At the time, a lot of Marvel fans took that as a sort of dig at complaints about Marvel not yet giving a female superhero her own storyline. Even now, some fans still complain about the Wasp not being given her own standalone film.
Whether or not that line really was a nudge is up for debate, but what’s not up for debate is how badass Lilly will look in Ant-Man and the Wasp. Lilly could kill a man with those biceps — and she’ll most definitely injure a few baddies when she appears onscreen for the second time as Hope.
Ant-Man and the Wasp (and Lilly’s arms) premieres in theaters on July 6, 2018.