Actress Evangeline Lilly attended an anti-vaccine mandate protest in Washington D.C. back in January and made her point clear on Instagram. She claimed that the point of her attendance was to “to support bodily sovereignty,” and take the staunch stance that “nobody should ever be forced to inject their body with anything, against their will,” out of fear of “violent attacks,” “alienation from loved ones,” or “excommunication from society.”
Lilly continued on by saying, “This is not the way. This is not safe. This is not healthy. This is not love. I understand the world is in fear, but I don’t believe that answering fear with force will fix our problems. I was pro choice before COVID and I am still pro choice today.”
While she was not named explicitly, Lilly’s Ant-Man co-star David Dastmalchian (who played Kurt) went on to tweet, “It’s so unfortunate when people with a large platform use that platform to share irresponsible things.” Another Marvel Cinematic Universe star, Simu Liu, went on Twitter to speak more about the dangers of misinformation and taking unnecessary risks as an anti-vaxxer.
I lost my grandparents to COVID last year. They were still waiting for their vaccines. I’m fortunate to have been double-vaccinated and boosted when I got COVID 2 weeks ago. Felt like a cold.
The media needs to stop spotlighting opinions that are not rooted in facts or science.
— Simu Liu (刘思慕) (@SimuLiu) January 28, 2022
This isn’t the first time Lilly has been outspoken about her views in regards to COVID-19. In March 2020, she compared COVID to a “respiratory flu,” and said that “where we are right now feels a lot too close to Marshall [sic] Law for my comfort,” which was followed by what seemed to be immediate pushback from Game of Thrones and X-Men star Sophie Turner via an Instagram Live session. “Stay inside, don’t be f*cking stupid… even if you count your ‘freedom’ over your… health. I don’t give a f about your freedom, you could be infecting other people, other vulnerable people around you.”
Lilly later followed up with an apology for her “arrogant” post on Instagram saying: “My direct and special apologies to those most affected by this pandemic. I never meant to hurt you. When I wrote that post 10 days ago, I thought I was infusing calm into the hysteria. I can see now that I was projecting my own fears into an already fearful and traumatic situation.”
The fact of the matter is that the multiverse has changed the game. The introduction and integration of the multiverse into the MCU makes recasting a piece of cake. Considering Lilly has not made a gigantic impact in the MCU (yet), it would be pretty easy to recast her character. I’ve said this before, and I’ll say it again—Disney doesn’t like trouble, and Kevin Feige doesn’t like unnecessary headaches.
That being said, if this news about Evangeline Lilly continues in the news cycle, there’s a chance that Ant-Man and the Wasp: Quantumania might be Lilly’s final MCU film.
Because of delays in movie production caused by COVID, Ant-Man and the Wasp: Quantumania is scheduled to release July 28, 2023.
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