Evangeline Lilly Reveals A Sexist Reason Why Marvel's Men Are Uncomfortable In Their Costumes

"I'm uncomfortable all day. You get used to it. You tune it out."

As the press tour for Marvel Studios' upcoming Ant-Man and the Wasp gets underway, Evangeline Lilly has been making the rounds to promote her starring role as the Wasp. While her character, Hope van Dyne, didn't have the opportunity to assume her superhero duties in the first Ant-Man film, Lilly will suit up and shrink down on the big screen for the sequel on July 6.


Much like the male superheroes who've come before her, Lilly's been asked about her Wasp suit's comfort level. Yet, while the men of the Marvel Cinematic Universe are notorious for complaining about how uncomfortable their suits are, Lilly's experience might've uncovered the real reason why these stars are eager to disrobe once the cameras stop rolling.

"I have been hearing Marvel male superheroes complain about their suits for years. And I got into my suit and I was wearing it, working in it, doing my thing, and I was like, 'It's just not that bad,' " she said during an interview with BackstageOL. "Do I have the most comfortable suit in the MCU or," she continued, holding up her high-heeled foot for all to see, "have men not had the life experience of being uncomfortable for the sake of looking good?"

"They're just like, 'What is this? This sucks. Why are we … why? Why do I have to go through this?" Lilly added. "Whereas a woman's like, 'I don't know. This is, like, normal.' You know? I wear heels to work. I'm uncomfortable all day. You get used to it. You tune it out.'"

Despite this mild discomfort, Lilly emphasized that her Wasp costume helped her feel empowered, especially considering the MCU remains predominantly male-oriented. "I love my suit.," she told Dave Morales. "I think my suit is killer. I think my suit is so cool. I think it's powerful. I think it's modern and strong and sexy, and I think it made me feel like a superhero."

Of course, as Lilly noted, this film's also the only one thus far to feature a female superhero's name in the title. "Are we making a mountain out of a molehill? Because, of course, there are incredible female superheroes in the MCU who came before me, their names just weren't in the title," she told the Associated Press. "And yet, I think when I get asked the question — this is the 20th Marvel movie and it's the first film with a female superhero in the title, then it feels reframed in a way that says, no, actually this is a big deal and this is about time."

After all, throughout history, women have had to do everything men do, except backward and in heels. Luckily, Lilly's character has her own set of wings. Let's get reach to watch this superhero soar!

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