While out on the promotions for her new film South of Heaven, Ant-Man actress Evangeline Lilly talked of what she believes is the best and biggest change that Marvel has made since she has joined the MCU for the Ant-Man series.

Evangeline Lilly talks about Marvel future and films

Evangeline Lilly
Evangeline Lilly

While appearing in an interview with DigitalSpy, she heaped a lot of praise upon Marvel Studios for the shifts they’ve made towards having a more diverse universe and well, casting, and particularly allowing far more female superheroes to headline major feature releases.

Evangeline Lilly has been a part of the cast of Ant-Man and later, its sequel, playing a significant role in training the Ant-Man (Paul Rudd) but the actress only got her Wasp suit in a much later post-credit scene. Being a headline hero now, which began with 2018’s Ant-Man and the Wasp, going to even Endgame and now the upcoming threequel Ant-Man: Quantumania.

Lilly has applauded Marvel Studios boss Kevin Feige for his vision, while also appreciating Louis D’Esposito and Victoria Alonso for their immense commitment towards the introduction of more female heroes and diverse hires.

Ant-Man and the Wasp
Ant-Man and the Wasp

“[Victoria] Alonso has always been a champion for her female superheroes. She’s been championing that since the beginning,” she told the outlet. She later continued she was grateful to be part of the “sausage party”, but reiterated how much she loves how that’s changed.

“When I first started, I felt like, once again, as is always the case in my career, I’m grateful to be in the Boys’ Club. I’m lucky enough to be invited to the sausage party. I’ve got to pull up my panties, and get ready to go, because it’s going to be me and a bunch of dudes.”

“And now it’s beautifully different. I feel like I have female camaraderie. I feel like I have a sisterhood. I feel like when I’m uncertain or confused, there are other women to reach out to.” she continued.

Lilly has earlier spoken at length about her excitement about working with women, as she had shared experiences that they’ve had, as well as the happy parts of working together.

Ant-Man 3 will release in 2023
Ant-Man 3 will release in 2023

“It’s just comfortable and clear. Working with Michelle on Quantumania, it was amazing. Ostensibly it was like having a mama bear with me on set, and also a sister, and also a co-star. We really leaned on each other a lot, and we supported one another a lot.”

Captain Marvel star Brie Larson and Lilly are close friends, with the duo even confiding in each other during the productions of The Marvels and also,  Ant-Man and the Wasp: Quantumania.

“Her and I reached out to each other. I reached out to her when things were going on. Literally, I was like, ‘Hey, what’s going on, on your end? What do we do about this?’.

She went on to elaborate on how empowering it actually is to be a female actress in the MCU with so many fellow actresses there to talk to and learn from.

“I didn’t have that before. It’s different. It’s different being in a Boys’ Club. It’s such a comforting, beautiful thing, and I think it’s enabled me to feel so much more empowered within the Marvel space, and I’m so grateful that they’ve done such a good job of it, too.”

Ant-Man and the Wasp: Quantumania is set for a July 2023 release, starring various returning members like star Paul Rudd, and Evangeline Lilly, alongside Jonathon Majors playing his role as Kang from Loki.

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