With the ensemble cast bursting at the seams, and the already ambitious film handling the introduction of more than one new player to the Marvel Cinematic Universe, it’s hard to imagine that Captain America: Civil War nearly introduced another huge superhero, and a Marvel legacy character.
You might’ve been a little surprised to see Scott Lang/Ant-Man (Paul Rudd) joining the fray in Civil War — but in a new interview with Mashable, screenwriters Christopher Markus and Stephen McFeely reveal that they very nearly included his compadres from Ant-Man’s self-titled movie too.
According to Markus and McFeely, both the original Ant-Man, Hank Pym (Michael Douglas) and new Wasp, Hope van Dyne (Evangeline Lilly) were set to join in the battle in the very early drafts of the Captain America: Civil War script.
But from the sounds of it, Pym would’ve thrown some spanners into the mix — some very unhelpful spanners:
Markus: “There was one not very good draft where Hank Pym shows up.” McFeely: “I forgot about that. We won’t speculate on what Hank Pym did, but he wasn’t as helpful as he needed to be.”
Well, even though he wasn’t present during the events of Civil War, Pym still made his presence felt when Giant Man showed up, as it’s pretty likely that Scott Lang’s newfound ability to get really, really big instead of really, really small was engineered by Hank Pym.
As for the Wasp? Where was she in all this? Ant-Man received some criticism for handing over what should’ve been Hope van Dyne’s mission to Scott Lang — and it wasn’t until the post-credits scene where Hank Pym reveals the Wasp suit, that she was finally allowed to take on her mother’s mantle, setting up 2018’s Ant-Man and the Wasp.
And it’s because of Ant-Man and the Wasp that Hope van Dyne didn’t make her debut as Wasp in Civil War: The screenwriters didn’t want to take away from her own big moment:
McFeely: “In the case of Wasp, [we left her out because] it was really kind of ruining a good story point for her in her own movie.” Markus: “It was saying her shootout moment isn’t enough to be presented dramatically, which is just not true.”
While logistics meant that Tom Holland’s Spider-Man had to be thrown into the mix ahead of Spider-Man: Homecoming — something which was handled surprisingly well — McFeely and Markus thought Wasp was best served by saving the big reveal for her own breakout movie, in which she shares the headline with Scott Lang’s Ant-Man.
This was likely the right call; it wouldn’t have served the character well to have her debut being overshadowed by everyone else, and even the inclusion of Ant-Man felt a little forced (we’re not complaining though, it made for some hilarious moments).
Unfortunately, this does mean we’ve got a while to go before we’ll be seeing Evangeline Lilly putting on the Wasp suit for the first time, as Ant-Man and the Wasp is still a long way away, following up the tail end of the MCU Phase 3 in 2018. We’ll wait for you Wasp, don’t you worry.
Ant-Man and the Wasp is set for release July 6, 2018.
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