Ant-Man Star Evangeline Lilly Stirs Controversy With Vaccine Comments

Ant-Man Star Evangeline Lilly Stirs Controversy With Vaccine Comments

Ant-Man star Evangeline Lilly faces backlash after urging PM Trudeau to sit down with vax mandate protestors, and some fans want her to leave the MCU.

Star of the upcoming Ant-Man and the Wasp: Quantumania, Evangeline Lilly has stirred up controversy again with her stance on mandatory vaccines. Lilly made a name for herself with her first starring role as Kate Austen in ABC’s award-winning drama, Lost, for which she was nominated for a Golden Globe Award. In the 2015 film Ant-Man, Lilly joined the MCU as Hope van Dyne, the daughter of the original Ant-Man and Wasp, Hank Pym (Michael Douglas) and Janet van Dyne (Michelle Pfeiffer), who takes over her mother’s mantle and becomes a partner to Scott Lang’s (Paul Rudd) Ant-Man. Quantumania will be Lilly’s fourth MCU film in the role.

SCREENRANT VIDEO OF THE DAY

Lately, Lilly has been making headlines outside of the MCU, and the Canadian-born actress has been vocal about her home country’s response to the Covid-19 virus. The Canadian government currently requires public servants to be vaccinated, and if they were not fully vaccinated by October 29, 2021, they would be put on unpaid administrative leave. In response to these vaccine mandates, a series of protests and blockades calling themselves the Freedom Convoy began in Canada in January. Lilly also opposed the vax mandates and posted on Instagram that she supported the convoy’s cause and was attending a rally in DC herself, inciting backlash from MCU fans.

Related: Marvel’s Next 6 Movies Are All MCU Sequels: Why That’s A Problem

Still, the backlash has not stopped Lilly from voicing her stance. This week, Lilly addressed Canadian Prime Minister Trudeau in a video posted by Bridge City News, a program that has been following the Freedom Convoy closely, and urged him to sit down with the convoy’s protesters. Lilly’s message stirred up backlash yet again with Marvel fans with some even calling for Lilly to leave the MCU. See both Lilly’s original video and some fan backlash below:

Click Here to View Original Post

@MarvelStudios many fans won’t care if you off this Wasp variant in the first few minutes of Quantumania.

— Ray Bullock (@RayBullock15) February 20, 2022

I urge Kevin Feige to sit down with Jennifer Garner about playing the Wasp.

— Pedro Barragan (@pedrobarraganjr) February 21, 2022

I wouldn’t mind if they recast Evangeline Lilly

Just sayin

— Elijah E 🎮 (@EnderEli1146) February 21, 2022

Evangeline Lilly has officially lost it. Her and Letitia are competing against each other it seems😭

— Dan ♡ ☾ (@natsquake) February 20, 2022

They should replace Evangeline Lilly as Wasp and not say anything or make a big deal about it. Maybe 90% of normies will not even notice.

— Lon Harris (@Lons) February 21, 2022

The Wasp actress has been creating controversy since the beginning of the pandemic. In March 2020, Lilly stated that she would refuse to social distance out of fear “of a respiratory flu,” but later rescinded the statement after backlash, apologizing to those who were suffering because of the virus. Despite that apology, Lilly has continued to be vocal about her views on the pandemic, even attributing the difficulty she felt filming Quantumania to social distancing practices.

At this point, it would be difficult and costly for Marvel to recast Wasp, since Ant-Man and the Wasp: Quantumania finished filming last fall and is now in post-production. Although Disney has been quick to fire others before when making controversial posts on social media, it seems unlikely that Lilly would get the boot, especially when so many compare her posts to those made by fellow MCU actress Letitia Wright. Still, with Ant-Man and The Wasp: Quantumania’s release date so far off and Evangeline Lilly’s continued willingness to speak out for her beliefs, there’s a chance the MCU may get a new Wasp for its future phases.

Next: Kang’s Phase 4 Multiverse Introduction Creates A Problem For Avengers 5

Source: Bridge City News, Various (see links above)

Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness (2022)Release date: May 06, 2022
Black Panther: Wakanda Forever/Black Panther 2 (2022)Release date: Nov 11, 2022
The Marvels/Captain Marvel 2 (2023)Release date: Feb 17, 2023
Thor: Love and Thunder (2022)Release date: Jul 08, 2022
Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3 (2023)Release date: May 05, 2023
Ant-Man and the Wasp: Quantumania (2023)Release date: Jul 28, 2023

Captain America Spider-Man MCU One Interaction Civil War

Why Spider-Man & Captain America Only Had One MCU Interaction

About The Author

Molly Jae Weinstein
(55 Articles Published)

Molly Jae is a freelance writer based in the DFW area of Texas. She is a graduate of Arizona State University with a degree in Film and Media Studies. As a lifelong Marvel fangirl, she spends most of her time trying to convince others Iron Man was right.

More From Molly Jae Weinstein

Author: Deann Hawkins