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Evangeline Lilly Talks Her Ant-Man Character — And Explains Why The Last Director's Version Just Wouldn't Work

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Evangeline Lilly never expected to be in a superhero movie, but now she's really looking forward to it!

The Hobbit star is playing the female lead opposite Paul Rudd in next year's surefire blockbuster Ant-Man, and she's way more fun than she thought!

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Of her character Evangeline says:

"I was raised by two superheroes. I'm no schlump. I'm a pretty smart, competent, capable, kick-ass female. She's very cool."

But the film's future didn't always look so bright.

Shortly after Evangeline joined the cast, Hot Fuzz director Edgar Wright had a pretty public falling out with Marvel over the creative direction of the movie.

Like many fans, that terrified Evangeline! She says:

"We all, I think, signed on very enthusiastically with Edgar. We were excited to work with Edgar. We were fans of Edgar. So when the split happened, I was in the fortunate position where I had not signed my contract yet. So I had the choice to walk away, and I almost did. Because I thought, 'Well, if it's because Marvel are big bullies, and they just want a puppet and not someone with a vision, I'm not interested in being in this movie.' Which is what I was afraid of."

But then she finally saw the changes Adam McKay and Rudd himself made to the script — to make it more Marvel — and she says it's a better fit now:

"I saw with my own eyes that Marvel had just pulled the script into their world. I mean, they've established a universe, and everyone has come to expect a certain aesthetic, a certain feel for Marvel films. And what Edgar was creating was much more in the Edgar Wright camp of films. They were very different. And I feel like, if [Marvel] had created Edgar's incredible vision — which would have been, like, classic comic book — it would have been such a riot to film [and] it would have been so much fun to watch. [But] it wouldn't have fit in the Marvel Universe. It would have stuck out like a sore thumb, no matter how good it was. It just would have taken you away from this cohesive universe they're trying to create. And therefore it ruins the suspended disbelief that they've built."

We really love what Marvel has done so far, especially with their latest Guardians Of The Galaxy! So we guess we trust them to continue that streak here!

Man, we just wish we could watch BOTH versions of Ant-Man!

As long as they starred Evangeline Lilly of course! It's just a shame that July 17, 2015 is so far away!

[Image via Bauer Griffin Online/Marvel.]

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