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Hope van Dyne

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Hope van Dyne
Marvel Cinematic Universe character
First appearanceAnt-Man (2015)
Created by
  • Comic book character
  • Tom DeFalco
  • Ron Frenz
  • MCU character
  • Edgar Wright
    Joe Cornish
  • Adam McKay
    Paul Rudd
Portrayed byEvangeline Lilly
Madeleine McGraw (young)
  • Superhero
  • Senior board member of Pym Technologies (formerly)
  • Hank Pym (father)
  • Janet van Dyne (mother)
Significant otherScott Lang

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Hope van Dyne is a character portrayed by Evangeline Lilly in the Marvel Cinematic Universe (MCU) film franchise, based on the Marvel Comics character Hope Pym. The daughter of Hank Pym and Janet van Dyne, she was a senior board member of her father's company Pym Technologies and later inherits the superhero identity of Wasp from her mother. She first appeared in the 2015 film Ant-Man. Lilly went on to appear in Ant-Man and the Wasp (2018), and will reprise the role in the fourth Untitled Avengers film (2019).

Marvel Cinematic Universe[edit]


As a child, Hope is estranged from her father Hank Pym after he hides the circumstances of the death of her mother Janet van Dyne and his subsequent cold and distant behavior towards her. She adopts her mother's maiden name and as a board member of her father's company Pym Technologies, she was the deciding vote in casting out Pym as CEO. However, she seeks his help to stop new CEO Darren Cross from replicating Pym's Ant-Man shrinking technology with the Yellowjacket suit, with plans to mass produce it as military hardware. Pym recruits convicted thief Scott Lang to become the new Ant-Man to steal the Yellowjacket from Cross. Hope is against using Lang, believing herself to the superior choice. However, she reluctantly helps train Lang to fully harness the Ant-Man suit's abilities. Hope reconciles with her father after he reveals that her mother shrank herself and became trapped in the subatomic quantum realm during a mission with S.H.I.E.L.D. as the Wasp. After successfully aiding Lang in thwarting Cross' plans, Pym reveals to Hope a new Wasp prototype suit and offers it to her.

Ant-Man and the Wasp[edit]

Before the events of the film, Hope and Lang start a romantic relationship and begin training to fight together as Ant-Man and the Wasp, until Lang secretly helps Captain America during a skirmish between the Avengers in violation of the Sokovia Accords during Captain America: Civil War. Lang is placed under house arrest, while Hope and Pym go into hiding and cut ties with Lang. However they seek his help after they discover a way to bring back Janet from the quantum realm. Hope and Lang once again team up as Ant-Man and the Wasp and rekindle their relationship as they fight to keep their quantum technology away from other rival parties, such as black market dealer Sonny Burch and Ava Starr and Bill Foster, who want to use it to cure Starr of her fatal molecular instability. After Pym successfully brings Janet back from the quantum realm, they along with Hope and Lang plan to harvest quantum energy to cure Starr's condition. However, Hope, Pym and Janet disintegrate into dust due to the events that occur at the end of Avengers: Infinity War.

Concept and creation[edit]

Evangeline Lilly was originally cast as the character in 2014, when Edgar Wright was slated to direct Ant-Man.[1][2] When Wright left the film later in the year and was replaced by Peyton Reed, Lilly was reluctant to take the role until she read the revised script and got a chance to meet with Reed.[3] Reed also offered contributions to the revised script, as did Lilly, who worked with Scott Lang actor and co-screenwriter Paul Rudd, and contributed ideas to help flesh out her character, which received a fuller arc and more action sequences as a result.[4] One of the important things when joining the film for Reed was emphasizing both Hope and Janet van Dyne more, given the Wasp being "a crucial part" of the Ant-Man comics.[5]

In October 2015, after the release of Ant-Man, Marvel Studios announced a sequel, titled Ant-Man and the Wasp, with a scheduled release date of July 6, 2018.[6] with Lilly confirmed to reprise the role.[7] On including the Wasp in the film's title (the first MCU film to have a female character in the title), Reed called it "organic" for both characters, and noted the Wasp's final line in Ant-Man—'It's about damn time'—as "very much about her specific character and arc in that movie, but it is absolutely about a larger thing. It's about damn time: We’re going to have a fully realized, very very complicated hero in the next movie who happens to be a woman."[8] Reed would also push to ensure the Wasp received equal publicity and merchandise for the film.[9]

In 2016, Lilly confirmed that Hope van Dyne would appear in the Untitled Avengers film and said that her character did not appear in the previous film Avengers: Infinity War in order to preserve her reveal as the Wasp in Ant-Man and the Wasp.[10]


In December 2014, Lilly described her character as "capable, strong, and kick-ass", but said that being raised by two superheroes resulted in Hope being "a pretty screwed up human being."[11] Van Dyne's character arc in Ant-Man brings her closer to becoming a hero, with Lilly adding that her "arc in the movie is trying to find a relationship" with Pym.[12] In Ant-Man and the Wasp, Lilly felt the character has "incredible satisfaction" in becoming the Wasp, "something that she has been waiting for her whole life, which is essentially an affirmation from her father".[13] Van Dyne's relationship with Lang is more complicated than in the first film, and includes anger towards his actions during Civil War.[14]


  1. Kit, Borys (February 5, 2014). "Evangeline Lilly in Talks to Join 'Ant-Man'". The Hollywood Reporter. Archived from the original on February 6, 2014. Retrieved February 5, 2014.
  2. "SDCC 2014: Official: Evangeline Lilly & Corey Stoll Join Marvel's Ant-Man". Marvel.com. July 26, 2014. Archived from the original on July 27, 2014. Retrieved July 26, 2014.
  3. Vary, Adam (December 2, 2014). "Evangeline Lilly Tried To Quit Acting, But Acting Would Not Quit Her". BuzzFeed. Archived from the original on December 3, 2014. Retrieved December 3, 2014.
  4. Nicholson, Matt (June 22, 2015). "Ant-Man Set And Edit Bay Visit: Making Marvel's Underdog Movie". IGN. Archived from the original on June 22, 2015. Retrieved June 22, 2015.
  5. Wickman, Kase (November 11, 2015). "'Ant-Man' Director Wants To Make Sure The Sequel's Wasp Is As Awesome As Possible". MTV. Archived from the original on November 12, 2015. Retrieved November 12, 2015.
  6. Strom, Marc (August 18, 2014). "Marvel Studios Phase 3 Update". Marvel.com. Archived from the original on October 8, 2015. Retrieved October 8, 2015.
  7. Cabin, Chris (November 13, 2015). "'Ant-Man and the Wasp': Michael Douglas Eyeing Return for Sequel". Collider. Archived from the original on November 13, 2015. Retrieved November 13, 2015.
  8. Zakarin, Jordan (November 11, 2015). "'Ant-Man' Director Peyton Reed on the Sequel, Putting 'The Wasp' in the Title, and 'Fantastic Four' Failures". Yahoo!. Archived from the original on November 11, 2015. Retrieved November 11, 2015.
  9. Wickman, Kase (November 11, 2015). "'Ant-Man' Director Wants To Make Sure The Sequel's Wasp Is As Awesome As Possible". MTV. Archived from the original on November 12, 2015. Retrieved November 12, 2015.
  10. Avila, Mike (October 9, 2016). "Watch: Evangeline Lilly on introducing the Wasp, when she'll join The Avengers". Blastr. Archived from the original on October 9, 2016. Retrieved October 9, 2016.
  11. Empire (December 12, 2014). Empire Magazine #141: Evangeline Lilly, Benedict Wong - December 12, 2014. SoundCloud. Event occurs at 1:06:50. Archived from the original on May 11, 2015. Retrieved December 18, 2014.
  12. Collis, Clark (January 8, 2015). "Exclusive First Look at Ant-Man". Entertainment Weekly. Archived from the original on January 8, 2015. Retrieved January 8, 2015.
  13. Pearson, Ben (June 18, 2018). "'Ant-Man and the Wasp' Set Visit: Everything We Learned About Marvel's Upcoming Sequel". /Film. Archived from the original on June 18, 2018. Retrieved June 18, 2018.
  14. "Ant-Man and the Wasp Press Kit" (PDF). Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures. Archived from the original on July 4, 2018. Retrieved July 4, 2018.

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