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The first official trailer for Ant-Man and The Wasp has finally been released, ready to barrage you with a complete disregard for both the law of conservation of mass and the safety of Paul Rudd. The trailer starts with a callback to the events of Captain America: Civil War (everybody’s still talking about that airport fight) and moves on to building-shrinking, Pez-dispenser enlarging action.
The original Ant-Man was an idiosyncratic mixture of heist, superhero action, and sight gags. If you were worried the sequel would lose some of that unique appeal now that Scott Lang’s kind of an Avenger, don’t be. If anything, it seems like Marvel’s upgrading both the mind-bending antics and self-effacing humor of the initial for Ant-Man and the Wasp.
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. The first trailer for this July’s Ant-Man and the Wasp was released and with it, we finally get our first look at Evangeline Lilly’s Wasp, and she’s amazing!
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 finally get to see her using her powers, and while that includes the basic shrinking ability we would expect, we also see that she has more offensive weapons up her sleeves, like blasters, which makes Scott Lang a bit jealous. We also get to see the girl who taught Scott Lang how to fight do some work of her own here, and, 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 are aware that Scott Lang’s experience in the Quantum Realm will lead Hank Pym to attempt and get her back, which, as we know Pfeiffer is in the film, 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. And indeed, there’s perhaps 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 huge box office hit domestically, it still did well enough, and the movie did exceptionally 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.
More than one way to end a car chase
Finally, a chase down the streets of San Francisco that isn’t just a Bullitt homage! And all it took was a freaky expanding catapult move.
Hank Pym takes his work with him
Did he just, I mean the entire building, and he, so he specifically had his office built with a giant telescoping handle on the top and wheels on the bottom?!
The Wasp goes for a knife morning run
If you think about how quickly those knives are flying, The Wasp is running incredibly fast here. But I picked this sequence mainly because it’s our intro to her new suit. The way the wings fold out, and especially the unapologetically insectoid look of the helmet are great; Marvel has finally gone Full Kamen Rider and I am 100 percent in favor of that decision. It’s a little less colorful than The Wasp suit we caught teased at the end of the first Ant-Man, but it also has the practical new inclusion of sleeves and wrist-mounted blasters. Blasters are good.
Jacques Cousteau has nothing on these water bears
The first Ant-Man film got even smaller than these tardigrades, but only in a brief bit of uncontrolled shrinkage. On contrary, this seems like a purposely designed vehicle, so we can expect to spend some more time in Tinyville.
Hello Kitty Pez, goodbye motorcyclist
I’m guessing the full version of this scene includes Scott Lang whining about that Pez dispenser being a collector’s item and Hope van Dyne telling him to shut the hell up and keep driving. Then their chase perhaps breaks a few bones in the crash, but hey! Now they have giant Pez!
Ant-Man and the Wasp is still set to debut on July 2 in the UK and July 6 in the US, making it the first Marvel Cinematic Universe film to follow after the next Avengers in May. At the very least, it should be a good bit of comedy relief after all of those who have fallen in Avengers: Infinity Wars.