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Tonight during the Agent Carter premiere, Marvel Studios officially released the first trailer for Ant-Man. As the final film of Phase Two, the story follows Scott Lang as he becomes the shrinking superhero to help his mentor Dr. Hank Pym to pull off an incredible heist. Among the preview’s more notable features were our first looks at the main players, Scott donning and showing off the Ant-Man suit, some cool-looking winged ants, and plenty of action. The film is already done its job of getting our attention – but we do still have some questions…
Although the nearly two minute trailer gave fans a lot to absorb, there were still many mysteries kept intact. And while we’re pretty sure that it is too late to change the name, there are still five major questions that should be on your mind after watching the Ant-Man footage debut. But first, let's watch that trailer again, shall we?
Now, on to the questions...
Is This The Tone To Expect?Despite primarily being a superhero film, Ant-Man has been touted as being more comedic than most Marvel films - especially since Paul Rudd is playing the lead role and he and Adam McKay rewrote most of the script. However, this trailer opted to go for a more serious approach and have Hank Pym delivering a heavy monologue about second chances and doing right by the people you love. There were some lighter moments from Scott’s "Huh…" and asking if they could change the name, but otherwise this preview was closer to a darker, more typical superhero teaser. Does this indicate that Ant-Man will be more serious than we were led to believe, or will we still get the light-hearted superhero movie that we were promised? Maybe the next trailer will give us something closer to that.
Why Does Hank Pym Choose Scott?It’s clear from his monologue that Dr. Hank Pym believes in Scott and wants to give him the opportunity to make his daughter proud - but how does he specifically cross paths with the thief? In the trailer, Hank says that he’s been watching Scott for a while, but was there a specific reason that Scott drew his attention? Given that they’ll be stealing technology back from Darren Cross, it makes sense that Hank wants an experienced thief on the team, but still, it will be interesting to find out exactly what it was that made the aging scientist choose Scott over someone else. It probably has something to do with a moral code he possesses unlike most other thief's who just steal for the score, but it will be nice when we get the details behind this recruitment.
Is There Something Wrong With Scott’s Daughter?In the Ant-Man comics, Scott Lang steals so that he can pay for his sick daughter’s medical expenses. It isn’t made clear in the trailer if there are any health problems with her, but going from the previous revelation that Scott and his wife are divorced, it sounds like Scott may not be able to see his daughter as often as he would like regardless. She may have an illness like her comic book counterpart or she may just not get to see her father as often as she’d like, but either way, it seems our new Marvel hero will do whatever it takes to become the hero that she sees him as.
What is Hope Van Dyne’s Role?Evangeline Lilly has described her character as "talented, intelligent and a force to be reckoned with," so Hope will certainly prove to be a useful ally in Ant-Man - but the big question remains how she gets involved with the heist being organized by Scott Lang and her father. It’s been suggested that she’s not on great terms with Hank, so this theft must be quite important for her to set aside her differences. Because we only see her in passing in the trailer, it’s unclear exactly how she’ll be helping out during the mission, but given that she’s the child of two geniuses and appears to have some bad-ass fighting skills, Scott and Hank are probably lucky to have her on the team.
Where is Yellowjacket?In the Ant-Man trailer, we got a decent look at Corey Stoll as the film’s main villain, Darren Cross. Thanks to the movie’s plot description, we already know that Cross has stolen Hank Pym’s Ant-Man technology and will eventually don the Yellowjacket suit, but unfortunately we didn’t see him wearing it in the trailer. It’s likely that they’ll save that for a later preview, but still, it’s surprising that Marvel didn’t include any footage of Cross garbed in yellow fighting Scott. That will probably end up being the film’s climactic battle, so it would have been nice to get a brief glimpse of this showdown.