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The first trailer for Ant-Man and the Wasp is here – and with a new look at some old favorites, a first look at some new faces and some incredible shrinking action.
Here’s everything we learned.
1. Ant-Man is on probation
“I do some dumb things,” says Scott Lang (Paul Rudd) as he’s strapped into an ankle bracelet, while FBI agents swarm throughout. Couple a history as a petty criminal with his involvement with Captain America during Civil War and it’s no wonder the Feds are keeping tabs on him.
2. Team Ant-Man go on the run
“Thanks to you we have to run,” says Evangeline Lilly’s Hope van Dyne, aka The Wasp. Cut to Hank Pym (Michael Douglas) shrinking their entire office building down to the size of a carry-on case and dragging it away on a small wheely trolley. Talk about cut and run.
3. Hank Pym does have more faith in his daughter really
Pretty early on in the trailer it’s apparent that Hope (aka The Wasp) has awesome skills. She begins by teaching Ant-Man that he wouldn’t have got caught if she’d been there to help him in Civil War, and shortly we see her running on a literal knife edge.
Not only does she have skills but she’s also got some cool new tech that one-ups Scott Lang’s, including wings and blasters.
“So I take it you didn’t have that tech available for me?” Lang asks Michael Douglas’ Hank Pym. “No, I did…” he replies. Say no more, Hank. Say no more.
4. Giant-Man is back and even bigger
Scott tasks a risk in the now iconic airport fight scene in Civil War, expanding to giant-sized proportions. (“I do it all the time. I mean once… in a lab. Then I passed out.”)
It all worked out in the end, so this time it looks like he’s taking it even further, as we see when his head emerges from the water to loom over a boatload of tourists. What’s bigger than a giant?
5. Ghost looks creepy as hell
The villain of the movie is Hannah John-Kamen’s Ghost (gender-swapped from the comics). She’s an enigmatic industrial saboteur for hire with an advanced suit that allows her to phase through objects, turn invisible and interface with technology.
In the comics, the character is incredibly enigmatic (we still don’t even know Ghost’s real name). Will the MCU version reveal more about this Ghost’s origin? Well…
6. Laurence Fishburne might be connected to the villains
OK, this could be a bit of challenging, but from the trailer it seemed very much like Fishburne’s character Bill Foster (also known as Goliath) could be in the room during what appears like a sinister transformation. We’re veering right into speculation-land here, but could this be Ghost’s arm we can see changing here (and later riding a motorbike?).
In the comics, Goliath is a talented scientist and sometimes assistant to Hank Pym who accesses the Pym particles which allow him to grown massively in size, similar to Giant-Man. He’s traditionally on the side of good – even if he is in the room with Ghost, and even if he’s had something to do with the genesis of her suit, it doesn’t mean he’s gone down the bad road.
7. They’ve got some kind of incredible shrinking submarine
Is it a spaceship? Is it a submarine? Perhaps – it’s Ant-Man and the Wasp‘s unbelievable shrinking trickery. We see it here so reduced in size that tardigrades – aka water bears or moss piglets, ‘micro-animals’ of about 0.5mm in length – tower over it.
Could this be part of their mission to rescue Hank Pym’s long-lost wife Janet van Dyne? The original Wasp got imprisoned in the sub-atomic Quantum Realm years before. We didn’t get a glimpse of her in this trailer, however Michelle Pfeiffer has been cast in that role, so she’s got to appear sooner or later.
8. Luis is definitely back
Marvel apparently kept Michael Peña hanging about whether Scott’s old friend Luis would return, but in the end he was confirmed for the sequel.
And here he is, running straight towards trouble instead of away. This superhero stuff is catching.
9. Ant-Man rides another flying ant – could this be this Antony II?
An Ant-Man without humungous insects is like Honey I Shrunk the Kids without a huge bee. So we’re glad to see Scott has found himself a flying ant to ride, after the very teary parting of his old friend Antony in the first film.
Apparently director Peyton Reed gets asked about Antony all the time, and has a neat reply.
“There’s a couple of moms who have written and said, ‘My son is distraught about the death of Antony. Can you please just tell me, did it really happen?’ And I could have said, ‘Well, he did die. Maybe now’s a good time to explain to your child that sometimes there are casualties’,” the filmmaker explained.
“But what I really said was the normal lifespan of an ant is something like 12 weeks, so he was perhaps going to die pretty soon anyway.”
So there you go, kids. He would have been dead anyway.