Over a decade after the Marvel Cinematic Universe kicked off with Iron Man in 2008, the future of the franchise is set to feature some permanent changes following Avengers 4. While this news might be worrisome to audiences, Ant-Man and The Wasp star Evangeline Lilly has faith in Marvel Studios head Kevin Feige and the direction the MCU will take under his leadership.
"Frankly, if it wasn’t Kevin at the helm, I think I would be very, very nervous to be losing these pillars and the people who paved a way for characters like the Wasp," Lilly confessed to Vanity Fair. "When he walked me through the general story arc of Infinity War, it dawned on me: oh, I understand now, we’re moving into this new Phase."
Comments about the shape of the MCU might sound ominous, but Lilly pointed out these changes offer new opportunities for its films.
"The color of that new Phase can be clearly seen emerging through Ant-Man, Guardians of the Galaxy and Thor: Ragnarok," Lilly pointed out. "It’s just a more colorful, more playful, heightened reality that we’re going to enter."
The upcoming Avengers: Infinity War and Avengers 4 are meant to serve as two parts of one massive story, the likes of which have never been seen in the MCU. The multiple realms and dimensions, in addition to elements of flashbacks and flash-forwards, reminded Lilly of her starring role on TV's Lost.
"You want me to tell you about the flash-forwards and flashbacks and flash-sideways?" Lilly joked. "When I heard about Infinity War and the direction that they’re heading, I did have this moment of realizing, oh, wow, there’s a bit of a déjà vu for me with the Lost franchise. We are hitting that [Lost] Season 4 space where everything’s about to shift, and you’re about to lose the solid ground underneath you. And [Ant-Man and the Wasp], of course, will play a part in that."
Ant-Man demonstrated heroes with a variety of skills, not just of physical strengths, but of immense scientific knowledge.
"Those characters are experts in the quantum realm. In Ant-Man and the Wasp, they are trying everything in their power to safely enter the quantum realm and return back from it because they have evidence from the first film that Scott Lang was able to do that," Lilly pointed out. "If he can do it, why can’t we? If we do succeed in Ant-Man and the Wasp, then that does open a whole entire new multi-verse to enter into and play around in. I’m not the story creator, so I can’t tell you what they’re going to do with that. But I definitely see the potential there."
You can next see Lilly when Avengers: Infinity War hits theaters on May 4, 2018.
[H/T Vanity Fair]