After teasing her arrival at the end of Ant-Man, Marvel Studios flirted with the idea of introducing the Wasp in Captain America: Civil War. Ultimately, though, it didn’t, deciding the character was too important to debut as just one of a dozen other superheroes.
Instead, the Wasp (played by Evangeline Lilly) finally debuted in this year’s Ant-Man and the Wasp. But that doesn’t mean work wasn’t created for that other scenario. Earlier today, Marvel Studios Director of Visual Development Andy Park tweeted the below images, showing the Wasp as she might have appeared in Captain America: Civil War, as part of the huge airport showdown.
Some of you may know I did a whole bunch of keyframe illustrations based on an early script draft of Civil War. Wasp was at one point going to make her debut in this movie. It was fun but I’m glad they held out to properly introduce her in #AntManandtheWasp @EvangelineLilly pic.twitter.com/NZjoO3W75W
— Andy Park (@andyparkart) November 5, 2018
Here’s the main photo a little bigger:
And then the close-up:
Everyone can surely agree not putting the Wasp in Civil War was the best thing for everyone. That film worked because — with the exception of Black Panther and the new Spider-Man — we already knew most of those characters.
There was no need for in-depth explanations of who they were or why they were there. Adding the Wasp to Civil War would have muddled both the character and the movie. Look at this art, even. She’s hard to pick out if you don’t know to look for her.
But now, thanks to Ant-Man and the Wasp, we have a better understanding of who the Wasp is. And by delaying her debut, it means we still don’t know how she’s going to interact with her fellow superheroes going into Avengers 4 — especially since she’s, well, currently dead.