Actress Evangeline Lilly made headlines recently after she revealed she’d attended an anti-vax demonstration in Washington, D.C., as well as attacking laws requiring COVID-19 vaccinations on social media.
Lilly’s remarks prompted both serious and humorous derision from fans. Not to mention a few replies from two of her Marvel colleagues, who didn’t exactly conceal their disdain for the MCU co-star.
Actor David Dastmalchian, who plays opposite Hope Van Dyne in all three Ant-Man installments, took to Twitter to make a jab at her. “It’s terrible when individuals with a large platform use their position to air irresponsible ideas,” The Suicide Squad star stated.
It’s so unfortunate when people with a large platform use that platform to share irresponsible things. 😞
— David Dastmalchian (@Dastmalchian) January 28, 2022
Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings leading man Simu Liu shared his views on Lilly’s statements. He also used the opportunity to speak out against individuals who have harmful views.
“I lost my grandparents to COVID last year,” Liu began. “They were still waiting for their vaccines. I’m fortunate to have been double-vaccinated and boosted when I got COVID 2 weeks ago. Felt like a cold.” He added, “The media needs to stop spotlighting opinions that are not rooted in facts or science.”
I lost my grandparents to COVID last year. They were still waiting for their vaccines. I’m fortunate to have been double-vaccinated and boosted when I got COVID 2 weeks ago. Felt like a cold.
The media needs to stop spotlighting opinions that are not rooted in facts or science.
— Simu Liu (刘思慕) (@SimuLiu) January 28, 2022
Lilly, who has also been seen in The Hobbit trilogy and as Kate on Lost, has previously stirred debate with her comments about the seriousness of COVID during the epidemic’s beginnings in 2020.
It was reported at the time that Marvel might be seeking to distance themselves from Lilly, but this turned out to be untrue when she returned to shoot Ant-Man and the Wasp Quantumania in 2023.
Even with all of this, Lilly’s recent comments will no doubt cause headaches at Marvel, particularly after the controversy sparked by Letitia Wright’s refusal to be immunized in Black Panther: Wakanda Forever. With these new counter statements from other Marvel stars, it looks like there’s a new internal ruckus brewing behind the scenes.
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