Ant-Man and the Wasp: Quantumania star Evangeline Lilly has been involved in controversies in the past few years due to her stance regarding the COVID-19 pandemic mandates and vaccines. Her views have been received with backlash from fans and even fellow MCU actors.
As a result, there have been rumors that Lilly is going to be fired by Marvel Studios after the new film and they'll recast the role with another actress although the studio remains mum regarding the actress' future and whether her controversies does actually affect her tenure in the franchise.
In her recent appearance at the Happy Sad Confused podcast (via The Direct), Lilly disputed the rumor and revealed that director Peyton Reed reached out to her and assured her that the rumors were not true and the differences in their political beliefs and views will not affect her status in the MCU.
"No. They’re very respectful. In fact, I’ve had direct conversations with them that I have instigated and they’ve always said, ‘That’s not our business. That’s not for us to tell you how to live your life or what opinions to have,’" she said.
"And I actually even got a really supportive phone call from Peyton Reed at one point and just saying like, ’Just so you know, there’s some rumors spreading about Marvel ditching you or canceling you. And that didn’t come from Marvel and that didn’t come from us, so just ignore that."
The actress also expressed her appreciation for Reed and Marvel Studios for the way they handled her controversy.
She added, "It’s really nice. And I think it’s really healthy. I think there needs to be a divide between your professional life and your personal life."
Even with the release of the new film, Marvel Studios still remains mum about the status of Lilly in the franchise. Considering that they never publicly addressed the controversy, it sounds like they will be keeping her for now until they decided to kill off her character.
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Ant-Man and the Wasp: Quantumania is now showing in theaters. You can check more details about it here.