To commemorate what would have been the 100th birthday of Marvel mainstay Jack Kirby, Evangeline Lilly has shared an up-close look at her Hope van Dyne as she’ll appear in Peyton Reed’s sequel, Ant-Man and the Wasp.
Currently shooting in Atlanta alongside the as-yet-untitled Avengers 4, Lilly posted this action shot via Twitter with the caption, “I am honored to be on set today playing #TheWasp on what would be Jack Kirby’s 100th birthday. #ThankYouJackKirby #AntManAndTheWasp.”
No further details were disclosed, though the folks at Omega Underground believe this newly-unveiled set photo, one that places Lilly’s hero in a classroom, aligns with previous rumors that Marvel was in the process of casting Japanese schoolchildren for a sizeable sequence in the Land of the Rising Sun – not unlike the Yazuka scene set to feature in Joe and Anthony Russo’s Avengers sequel, then.
Here’s that photo in all its glory:
With that said, plot details are being kept firmly under lock and key – such is the Marvel way – but the sequel’s official plot synopsis does suggest that Ant-Man and the Wasp will be teaming up to save Janet Van Dyne from the sub-atomic quantum realm.
From the Marvel Cinematic Universe comes a new chapter featuring heroes with the astonishing ability to shrink: Ant-Man and The Wasp. In the aftermath of Captain America: Civil War, Scott Lang (Rudd) grapples with the consequences of his choices as both a Super Hero and a father. As he struggles to rebalance his home life with his responsibilities as Ant-Man, he’s confronted by Hope van Dyne (Lilly) and Dr. Hank Pym (Douglas) with an urgent new mission. Scott must once again put on the suit and learn to fight alongside The Wasp as the team works together to uncover secrets from their past.
Also starring Laurence Fishburne, Michelle Pfeiffer and Tomb Raider duo Walton Goggins and Hannah John-Kamen (Ghost, potentially?), Ant-Man and the Wasp is expected to scurry into theaters on July 6th, 2018. Next up for the Marvel Cinematic Universe is the release of Thor: Ragnarok in November of this year, and Taika Waititi’s galactic threequel has been described as an ode to the great Jack Kirby.