Here’s an interesting theory by Bob Chipman – the Marvel Cinematic Universe has a working formula where the leading superhero or villain tend to go to lesser known actors, while guest roles and supporting parts are often taken up by established actors. Case in point: Anthony Hopkins as Odin and Jeff Goldblum’s Grandmaster in next year’s “Thor: Ragnarok“.
Another Hollywood A-lister who is set to join the MCU is actress Sharon Stone.
While details about her mysterious role in an unidentified Marvel movie remains shrouded in mystery, new clues suggest that she may be taking on the role of Janet Van Dyne, aka the original Wasp in the upcoming Ant-Man sequel, “Ant-Man & The Wasp”.
Last month, the 58-year-old actress dropped a big bombshell when she appeared on CBS’ The Late Late Show with James Corden. “I’m just doing a wee part in a Marvel movie, upcoming, and I can’t tell, because you know, you have to sign confidentiality agreements. But I’m going to do a wee part in a Marvel movie now. That’s it,” she told the host.
The fact that she described her role as a “wee part” could be a direct reference to the Wasp’s shrinking powers (yes, the same one as Ant Man). Jane Fonda and Alfre Woodard from AARP also very recently revealed, “Stone has been cast as a superhero — she’ll only reveal that her secret power is heat — in a yet-to-be-named movie, also for Marvel.”
Screen Rant has a few theories on why it would make sense for Stone to play the original Wasp.
Firstly, the actress seems to be the right candidate to play a superhero from the 80s and be the mother of Evangeline Lilly’s Hope Van Dyne. Although Wasp doesn’t possess any heat powers per se, her ability to produce bioelectric sting blasts could very easily be labelled as such.
The fact that AARP pointed out that she’ll be playing a heroine also limits the possibilities of villain roles and human supporting characters. Factor in the announcement that “Doctor Strange” and “Guardians of the Galaxy 2” are already in production while the cast of “Thor: Ragnarok” was recently unveiled, it would make sense for Stone’s character to appear in a Marvel film that’s further down the production schedule pipeline.
Wasp did appear in last year’s “Ant-Man” during a flashback scene, without revealing her face. The movie also suggest that Janet Van Dyne may not be dead after all, but lost in a subatomic universe. If the theory plays out, Stone could be playing Janet either in the present day or as a flashback.
While we wait for more clues to unfold, the speculation continues.
“Ant-Man & The Wasp” is slated for release on 6th July 2018.