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Any Given Wasp

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As many know, I tend to not get too involved in the hype surrounding movies before they are released. It is not that I am not excited to see new movies, only that I like the experience to be as untinted as I can. I am generally the kind to avoid spoilers at all costs, and aside from trailers I really don't look ahead too much. With the recent news of the direction problems for Ant-Man as well as the test footage from the "Assembling the Marvel Universe" television special, it is hard not to know a little bit about this upcoming film. While the roles of Pym and Lang have been cast, what is still missing is any knowledge about the secondary characters.

There has been a lot said recently about female characters for an Avengers movie, and specifically if there is going to be any attempt to even the gender imbalance. The original movie was Iron Man, Captain America, Hulk, Thor, Hawkeye and Black Widow, creating a 5 to 1 ratio. The next movie is going to add Scarlet Witch, Quicksilver and Vision, while it is rumoured to get rid of the Hulk (for the next standalone movie) which would leave the ratio at 6 to 2. As the Wasp is one of original founding members of the Avengers, it leads to question whether she will be included in the Ant-Man movie, especially that Evangeline Lilly has been cast in the role, as she looks somewhat what someone would think that the Wasp might look like.

Maybe she is and maybe she isn't though. It has still to be confirmed exactly what her role is to be. As with the Mandarin in Iron Man 3, Marvel Studios does not seem to mind too much to mix some things up, especially in terms of character backgrounds. I am pretty sure that the gender imbalance is such a big deal for the producers either, they just want to make movies that will sell to fans. Another factor though, is the golden plan behind studio head Feige's direction. There are said to be movie in the franchise ready to go on for another 15 or so years, and as with the easter eggs dropped in other movies, it is never possible to know who will be up next. If the rumoured direction of the stories is going to be World War Hulk, then it is quite possible to see She-Hulk show up at some point, and who is to say that the post-credits scene from Guardians of the Galaxy will not include Carol Danvers. For the moment fans have to wait to find out where Ant-Man fits into the bigger picture, and which characters it brings along with it.