Every Marvel fan is waiting for Black Panther coming up in a couple weeks or Avengers: Infinity War this May, but in doing so, it seems like another film is being overlooked. It's maybe not surprising, it's the size of an insect, after all. This morning the first trailer for this July's Ant-Man and the Wasp dropped and with it, we finally get our first look at Evangeline Lilly's Wasp, and she's awesome. Check it out.
The trailer follows up on the events of Captain America: Civil War with Paul Rudd's Scott Lang on the run after being broken out of superhero jail at the end of that film. While the first Ant-Man was Marvel's heist movie. This trailer is setting up Ant-Man and the Wasp as Marvel's chase movie. Scott Lang, Hope Van Dyne, and Hank Pym are all on the run, presumably to keep Scott safe. The good news is that they should have everything with them that they need, what with Pym's ability to shrink a building and take it with them.
While Ant-Man gets top billing, the highlight of this trailer is The Wasp. We get to see her use her powers for the first time, and while that includes the standard shrinking ability we would expect, we also see that she has more offensive weapons, like blasters, which makes Scott Lang a bit jealous. We also get to see the woman who taught Scott Lang how to fight do some fighting of her own here, and as expected, she's got things under control. She moves faster and hits harder than Ant-Man does, but then she's The Wasp, so the extra sting makes sense.
The most interesting thing about the trailer may be what it doesn't show. Everything we know about Ant-Man and the Wasp revolves around Michelle Pfeiffer joining the cast as Janet Van Dyne, the original Wasp who was referenced in the first film. We know that Scott Lang's experience in the Quantum Realm will lead Hank Pym to try and get her back, which, since we know Pfeiffer is in the movie, we expect will be successful. However, there isn't so much as a hint to that aspect of the story in this trailer. This is all about watching our heroes run from the FBI. Of course, there's likely a lot that this trailer isn't showing. One expects there are aspects of Ant-Man and the Wasp that will also follow from the events of Avengers: Infinity War, and certainly Marvel isn't going to give any of that away.
While Ant-Man wasn't a massive box office hit domestically, it did well enough, and the film did remarkably well overseas, making the sequel a viable option. With Ant-Man having one of the biggest moments, quite literally, in Captain America: Civil War more people may be looking forward to this next adventure than saw the first one in theaters. Ant-Man and the Wasp will debut July 6. And see the NEW Ant-Man and the Wasp poster on the next page. It's pretty funny.