Ant-Man and the Wasp might serve as the debut of Hope Van Dyne (Evangeline Lilly) as the Wasp, but if things went differently, Hope could have actually have suited up as the Wasp in Captain America: Civil War had director Peyton Reed not stood in the way.
Speaking in an interview with The Hollywood Reporter to help promote Ant-Man’s sequel, Reed decided to open up about how the original film actually tied to Civil War and how the superhero smackdown got one of the biggest Ant-Man gimmicks he was hoping for Ant-Man and the Wasp – the appearance of Giant-Man.
"It's this shockingly fluid thing," Reed explained. "When they were writing Civil War, there was a point where not only were they going to get the Giant-Man debut, but they were going to get the Wasp debut too."
Though Reed wasn’t able to keep the Giant-Man reveal for his own sequel to Ant-Man, he fought hard to keep Wasp’s debut in his film. In the end, the director won.
"Oh yeah, I went nuts," Reed admitted. "'No, we can't do that.' And also, there are so many characters in Civil War and also in Infinity War that it became a thing where, you can't have Wasp's coming out party in the movie, because you are only going to be able to devote this much screen time to her and that's what our movie really wanted to be about. Those kinds of things are conversations that happen and they just sort of organically reveal themselves."
Though it would have been pretty cool to see the Wasp making an appearance in Civil War, we understand Reed wanting to keep Wasp’s debut for his Ant-man sequel. The filmmaker probably wanted the Wasp to have her own debut film instead of having a short moment in an ensemble movie where she would have to share the spotlight.
What do you think? Would you prefer to have seen the Wasp debuting in Civil War? Feel free to share your thoughts in the comment section below.