Evangeline Lilly, who plays The Wasp in Marvel’s next-in-queue film, Ant-Man and the Wasp, had a lively conversation during the film’s press tour with Backstage OL and discussed all the male actors complaining about their suits.
“I have been hearing Marvel male superheroes complain about their suits for years. And I got into my suit and I was wearing it, working in it, doing my thing, and I was like, ‘It’s just not that bad,’” she said. “Do I have the most comfortable suit in the MCU or,” she continued while holding up her high-heeled foot to the camera, “have men not had the life experience of being uncomfortable for the sake of looking good?”
In years past, Paul Bettany, Tom Holland, Chadwick Boseman, Chis Evans, among other Marvel male actors have been heard complaining about their suits with comments like: Paul Bettany’s on his Vision attire “painful” at times, Tom Holland’s comment on his Spidey suit, “not the greatest thing” but remembered “the long list of actors that would love to be in that suit,” Chadwick Boseman’s comment about how it gets “blazing hot” in his Black Panther getup, and Chris Evans’ remark on how “not comfortable” his Cap suits have been.
“They’re just like, ‘What is this? This sucks. Why are we… why? Why do I have to go through this?” Lilly said. “Whereas a woman’s like, ‘I don’t know. This is like normal. I wear heels to work. I’m uncomfortable all day. You get used to it. You tune it out.’”
Lilly, Hope van Dyne in Ant-Man, which was released in 2015, is only now assuming the mantle of the Wasp. Moreover, the character is the first female superhero in the Marvel Cinematic Universe to be named in the film’s title — even though she shares it with Paul Rudd’s Ant-Man.
The actress has questioned herself with questions like: “Are we making a mountain out of a molehill?” She told the Associated Press. “Because of course there are incredible female superheroes in the MCU who came before me, their names just weren’t in the title, yet I think when I get asked the question… this is the 20th Marvel movie and it’s the first film with a female superhero in the title, then it feels reframed in a way that says, no, actually this is a big deal and this is about time.”
Ant-Man and The Wasp buzzes into theaters on July 6, 2018 and is directed by Peyton Reed.
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