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After whetting fans’ appetites with both an insect-sized clip (clever) and a human-sized teaser, Marvel has finally unleashed the full trailer for Peyton Reed’s Ant-Man, a Phase Two movie that will introduce Paul Rudd, Michael Douglas and Evangeline Lilly to the Marvel Cinematic Universe. Are you ready to get your Ant on?
Watching this trailer, the first thing that really strikes me is the tone. Marvel Studios is certainly no stranger to cutting previews with a bit of heft and weight to them – look no further than the first look at The Avengers: Age of Ultron - but Ant-Man is based on a script by Adam McKay and Paul Rudd, which honestly had me expecting a lot more comedy. That being said, Michael Douglas truly sells the hell out of that monologue, and Paul Rudd’s little quips (especially the little meta joke about it being too late to change the name) definitely work.
Dramatic as it may be, what really excites me about this trailer is simply the fact that it’s showing us that Ant-Man will definitely be bringing some new levels to the Marvel Cinematic Universe. More than the fact that this movie will be displaying a whole new superpower set that we have not yet seen in live action (which should open the door for some awesome photography), there’s also character elements like the fact that Scott Lang is the first superhero in the MCU to be a dad. Obviously this is only a teaser to give us a taste of what to expect from Peyton Reed’s movie, but it succeeds in making us want more. Plus, that Ant-Man suit just looks super cool:
Based on the classic Marvel Comics character, Ant-Man tells the story of a punk thief named Scott Lang (Paul Rudd), who finds himself brought into the larger world of superheroes when he meets Dr. Hank Pym (Michael Douglas). By harnessing the powers of what are called Pym Particles, the scientist has found a way for a person to shrink down to the size of an insect while increasing in strength. Pym enlists Lang's help when he needs to pull a heist to save his greatest invention, and possibly save the world. Evangeline Lilly stars as Hope Van Dyne (Pym’s daughter), Corey Stoll plays the central antagonist, Darren Cross a.k.a. Yellow Jacket, and the rest of the fantastic supporting cast also includes John Slattery, Bobby Cannavale, Michael Peña, Judy Greer, Tip "Ti" Harris, David Dastmalchian, Wood Harris, and Jordi Molla.
Ant-Man will be in theaters on July 17th.