In the current state of Hollywood, nothing is more taboo than giving away spoilers to big blockbuster movies, but it looks like Evangeline Lilly may have done exactly that. Looking back at her social media feed from the end of last year, the actress posted an image of herself, complete with her Hope Van Dyne haircut from the first Ant-Man movie, and along with it, she chose a very interesting word that means quite a lot in the Marvel Cinematic Universe today.
The post was made back in December on Evangeline Lilly’s Instagram but was only recently unearthed by Twitter user @LUCIFER who pointed out the interesting use of the word “dusted” before even Avengers: Infinity War was released, nevermind Ant-Man and the Wasp, the movie where Lilly’s character herself suffered such a fate in a post-credits scene.
Of course, without any context, it just looks like a post about a successful day at work. “Done and dusted” isn’t that unusual a phrase to use. However, given the fact that dust is exactly what half the MCU now is following “the snap” and the fact that Evangeline Lilly is clearly making a reference to Hop Van Dyne in the associated image, it’s possible she was giving away the game, just in a way nobody was likely to notice. Evangeline Lilly celebrated the end of filming Ant-Man and the Wasp back in November which means that she had filmed the post-credits scene by the time she made this post in December.
If this isn’t an intentional reference that Evangeline Lilly just knew nobody would get, then it is a fairly odd coincidence. It’s always possible that’s the case. Even though she almost certainly knew how both Avengers: Infinity War and Ant-Man and the Wasp were going to end, she might not have made the connection herself when she made her comment. Maybe.
Of course, if she did make the comment intentionally, then that means that we need to dig into the social media feeds of everybody in the MCU and see if anybody else has potentially dropped hints about Avengers 4 that perhaps we haven’t figured out. Without context, it’s virtually impossible to figure anything like that out, and Marvel has done a fantastic job of keeping us context-free, but now I have to wonder if the answer is out there someplace, just in a way we won’t understand until after the movie comes out.
All the answers, whether they’ve been secretly revealed or not, will be here next year when Avengers 4 finally hits theaters. Until then, check out everything that we do know about the film, which is a lot, even though we don’t know much about the ending.