In the forthcoming Marvel Studios movie "Ant-Man," Hank Pym (Michael Douglas) will have a strained relationship with daughter Hope Van Dyne (Evangeline Lilly). In a conversation with Screen Rant, Douglas revealed details about the relationship. [Warning: Spoilers Ahead!]
“Well, she’s chairman of Pym, of the company, and as chairman, she was the deciding vote to oust me a while ago, a long time ago, because personal reasons involving her mom and family, but we now are kind of maintaining, she now understands where Darren [Corey Stoll] is going and so we actually have had a new reconciliation,” he said.
Van Dyne reportedly will be upset with Pym due to mother Janet Van Dyne/the Wasp, who will be shown in flashback sequences. The daughter also will not agree with Pym's choice of an ex-conman, Scott Lang (Paul Rudd), and not her, to protect the Ant-Man technology. But Pym will object to his daughter wearing the Ant-Man suit because he does not want her to end up like her mother, as Marvel Studios President Kevin Feige told the website. However, Hope does not understand Pym's thinking. [The actress who will play Janet Van Dyne/the Wasp has not yet been identified.]
“She hates it. Why would he hand it off to his daughter? That wouldn’t make any sense at all. But in 2014, why wouldn’t he hand it off to his daughter, especially a daughter as intelligent and capable as Hope,” Lilly said about her character.
In the comics, Hope -- also known as Red Queen -- puts a together a supervillan team called the Revengers against the superhero Avengers. Just like her mother the Wasp, she has the ability to fly and fire bioelectric waves. She also tries to torture Lang’s daughter, Cassandra Lang, because she does not consider her the right heir for the Avengers.
“Ant-Man” opens July 17. It features Stoll as the main villain, Yellowjacket. Other cast members include Bobby Cannavale, Michael Peña, Tip "T.I." Harris, Wood Harris, Judy Greer and David Dastmalchian. Peyton Reed has directed and Feige is the producer.