Evangeline Lilly Reflects on Ant-Man and the Wasp’s Post Credits Scene
Warning: there are full spoilers ahead if you still haven’t seen Ant-Man and the Wasp, particularly the post credits scene!
Ant-Man and the Wasp ended on a triumphant note for the titular heroes as they renewed their romance and their partnership. Then Avengers: Infinity War caught up with them. In the post credits scene, the entire Pym family disappeared as part of Thanos’ “Snappening,” leaving Ant-Man trapped in the Quantum Realm. While the Pyms didn’t turn to dust on screen, their fate was was filmed, according to Evangeline Lilly, who portrayed the Wasp/Hope van Dyne.
“I kind of got a giggle when I saw the final product, because they basically just cut our reactions out completely and cut to ash,” said Lilly while speaking to Comic Book Resources. Lilly went on to acknowledge that the choice was “much more dramatic and worked very well for the scene.” She also added their reaction shots weren’t used because “we totally blew it. [laughs] None of knew what we were doing! I think we made it look a little bit more like an ascension to heaven than any sort of negative and scary happening.”
Lilly explained that she and her co-stars, Michael Douglas and Michelle Pfieffer, didn’t have the benefit of Infinity War‘s context. And that affected how they performed in the scene.
“This is one of the last days of shooting the whole movie and, you know…we read about the Snappening,” recalled Lilly. “At the time, we still didn’t really entirely know what exactly that was, and it’s because we hadn’t seen or been a part of shooting Infinity War. We knew, like, the basic idea. We knew that Thanos had snapped his fingers and people disappeared, but we didn’t know… I hadn’t seen Tom Holland crying out and begging Iron Man to ‘Please, please, I don’t want to go, I don’t want to go’ and we hadn’t seen the emotion or the drama or the sort of angst and maybe pain surrounding the ashing or the Snappening when we were shooting it. I don’t think [director] Peyton [Reed] really even knew what that was supposed to look like or be, because none of us had been a part of Avengers: Infinity War.”
Despite that lack of awareness, the scene still plays like a gut punch at the end of Ant-Man and the Wasp. It may even have some hints for Avengers 4, but we’ll have to wait until May 2019 to see if any of the fan theories pan out.
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