A Marvel director thinks Evangeline Lilly’s Wasp should be the one to lead an all-female Avengers movie in the future.
Ant-Man and Ant-Man and the Wasp director Peyton Reed says it’s time for Lilly’s character to come to the forefront of the screen after her successful starring role in the recent film.
Evangeline Lilly’s Hope Van Dyme became the ‘Wasp’ for the first time in Ant-Man and the Wasp, after Paul Rudd’s Scott Lang goes on the run after the events of Captain America: Civil War.
“I’d like her running things,” Reed told the Huffington Post. “I’d like to see her as the head of the all-female Avengers.
“I know Evangeline sort of said, maybe, that would be Captain Marvel, because she does have the word ‘captain’ in her name,” he continued. “But I think Hope van Dyne is a very decisive leader and a tactician, in addition to being a brilliant scientist.”
“She checks a lot of boxes in terms of who’s going to be running the Avengers, theoretically,” he added.
Earlier this year, Brie Larson revealed some of the intense training she had to do in preparation for starring in the forthcoming Captain Marvel.
The actor has been confirmed to play the titular role, also known as Carol Danvers, in the upcoming standalone Marvel movie. She will also appear in Avengers 4.
Speaking to Variety, Larson said she couldn’t reveal much about the part, but did explain what she had learned about herself from it. “I will say that I learned that I’m much stronger than I realise in playing her,” she said.
The star trained for nine months to increase her physical strength before beginning filming the movie, including some heavy weightlifting. “My highest right now is 215 lbs. in deadlifts [and] 400 lb. hip thrusts,” she said. “Being able to lift weight like that really changed my perspective and understanding of myself.”