Yes, Black Panther is on the horizon. AND, we have an Infinity War still to fight. But Marvel Studios also wants audiences to know that they have Ant-Man and the Wasp on the docket, and the first full trailer for this summer's adventure dropped this morning. Head over here if you haven't seen it yet. In the trailer, Scott Lang (Paul Rudd) learns that Hope van Dyne (Evangeline Lilly) will have powers that he didn't get in his Ant-Man suit. Wings, for starters. And blasters. They look like this!
Very, very cool. We haven't seen The Wasp in full action yet in the Marvel Cinematic Universe. There was a brief shot of the original Wasp, Hope's mother Janet (Michelle Pfeiffer), in a flashback in the original Ant-Man movie. But Hope didn't receive her suit until Ant-Man was ending, so this trailer leans heavily into the type of combat she will be bringing into missions alongside Scott.
As with Scott, Hope will be able to shrink and enlarge random items to give Ant-Man and the Wasp an advantage in a fight. And I love that director Peyton Reed is maintaining his sense of humor in the sequel. Remember the gigantic Thomas the Tank Engine from the first movie? Well, get ready for a truck-sized Hello Kitty Pez dispenser.
But the focus of this new trailer is the skill that Hope van Dyne will bring to the Wasp in the Ant-Man and the Wasp sequel. That's an amazing shot of Wasp spinning around three knives in mid-air, using them as a platform on which to run while also flying around the sharp blades. The blasters are a good touch, but more than anything, I'm glad we got to see the wings in action. They're an integral part of Wasp's costume, and they were missing from that borderline boring first-look image that Marvel dropped a few weeks ago. Let Wasp fly, Marvel! And blast people, of course.
Ant-Man and the Wasp will be the third Marvel movie to drop in theaters this year, arriving on the heels of Ryan Coogler's Black Panther, and the sure-to-be-epic Avengers: Infinity War. This story will be set after Captain America: Civil War (that's why Scott is wearing the ankle bracelet), and might serve as a nice palate cleanse from the planet-threatening force that is Thanos (Josh Brolin).
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