Ant-Man and the Wasp will do more than just introduce a new superhero into the MCU. The film will strongly focus on Hope van Dyne’s story of becoming a full-fledged hero and what makes her stand out from fellow-hero Ant-Man. Their costumes and powers are, in concept, rather similar. So far, it seems that the one thing that will make Ant-Man stand out is that he will be able to switch between his ant-sized and giant-sized form. Wasp, on the other hand, has a bit more variety as she can fly and even has stingers to attach with. Evangeline Lilly gives some insight into how she can use the various powers and how it sticks out in contrast to her partner.
“I don’t have a button [that triggers a size transformation]. My suit is an upgrade from Scott Lang’s suit that he was wearing, because he was wearing Hank’s original suit from the 1960s. So what we were able to do with technology and my suit, I have blasters on my wrists. I have my wings. Essentially there is like a reaction system to what I am thinking. So I don’t have to do anything physically to activate shrinking, wings, blasters, growing, none of that. I just think it and it happens.”
This certainly highlights how much the powers have changed from the first Ant-Man film. The original suit we saw had a button so he could shrink but we also saw him use the button in Captain America: Civil War. His costume in the latest film looks similar to what we saw last time so he might still rely on the button to change sizes. Wasp’s costume is built from the ground-up so she could be more flexible in designing it. Without relying on any buttons she can get out of tight situations much easier. It will be interesting to see if they highlight the difference between both costumes throughout the film. We already got a glimpse at Scott being a bit annoyed that she gets more toys to play with.