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Paul Rudd’s Ant-Man and Evangeline Lilly’s The Wasp, will rub shoulders in Ant-Man And The Wasp. Despite not much press yet for the upcoming Marvel sequel – which makes sense given that Marvel Studios is still focused on soon-to-come Black Panther, followed by May’s Avengers: Infinity War – the Ant-Man sequel is expected to be quite pivotal as the narrative direction of the MCU moving forward.
Last to roll out during Marvel’s 10th anniversary year, the sequel will see the return of director Peyton Reed at the helm for what we presume is another contained story much like the original Ant-Man film.
Thus, the sequel is looking for a bigger cast, this time with new faces namely Laurence Fishburne who will portray Dr. Bill Foster, Hannah John-Kamen taking on the role of Ghost, Randall Park as Jimmy Woo and Walton Goggins as Sonny Burch.
Michelle Pfeiffer also appears, portraying the Pym matriarch, Janet van Dyne, and the original Wasp, who is believed to have been lost in the Quantum Realm decades ago. Her introduction will kickstart a new mission for Michael Douglas’ Hank, Scott, and Hope as they attempt to bring her back into the real world.
In an interview for Variety promoting his latest movie, The Catcher Was A Spy, during Sundance, Rudd talked a bit about what fans can expect from his second solo arc as a Marvel superhero in this summer’s Ant-Man And The Wasp. He suggested the chemistry between his character and Lilly’s Hope, saying that they’re “very much partners in the movie.” The actress is slated to suit up as another hero after operating behind-the-scenes in Ant-Man and assuming the title of the contemporary version of the Wasp.
It has been said early on that Hope was every bit as capable (perhaps even more worthy) to wear the Ant-Man costume as the rattled Scott. But the circumstances that her father had to endure regarding the loss of her mother basically blocked her chances of becoming a hero herself – an understandable choice considering what the Pym patriarch has gone through.
Thus, she reprised a very important role in carrying out the mission to stop evil Darren Cross (Corey Stoll) from taking advantage of the size-changing technology. In the end, Hank realizes that her daughter is a strong woman and if there’s someone who is deserving to suit up as the next iteration of the Wasp, it’s her.
Lilly’s The Wasp may not be the first female superhero character that Marvel Studios has featured on the silver screen (Scarlett Johansson’s dead-delicious spy, Black Widow holds that title), but she is the first one to co-lead a picture. She is first introduced roughly a year before Brie Larson’s Captain Marvel enters the MCU and long before Johansson’s Black Widow flick that has recently moved forward because of the hiring of writer Jac Schaeffer to pen the project’s screenplay.
When Will The Ant-Man And The Wasp Trailer Release? [Updated]
With just a few months ahead, when will Marvel drop the Ant-Man And The Wasp trailer? We’ve already seen a couple for Black Panther and one for Avengers: Infinity War, the Ant-Man sequel should come in next. But all of Marvel’s marketing efforts are set on Ryan Coogler’s soon-to-come directed movie. After that, it is expected Avengers 3 will be taking over the spotlight given it will roll out next. Sadly, the studio could not hold on the release of at least a lengthy sneak peek for the film as it there’s any project from this year’s roster, it’s the Peyton Reed follow up that has the least buzz.
Marvel is now celebrating their 10th year anniversary this year with three movies on the docket, an solo arc in Black Panther, a major event in Infinity War and a sequel in Ant-Man And The Wasp. Given the nature of these films, Paul Rudd’s second go as the shrinking superhero is the one that gets lost in the mix. This is in spite of the flick also serving as the introduction of the new iteration of The Wasp in Evangeline Lilly’s Hope van Dyne.
The first teaser trailer for Ant-Man arrived in early January 2015 ahead of its July 17 theatrical release. Even that was a tad too late considering it was an origin story about an IP with which not many were familiar.
Ant-Man eventually did well at the box office, even with the director shake-up, but that movie was very contained, with little to no repercussions on the bigger franchise. This means that if it was the Marvel Cinematic Universe’s first flop, it would’ve been easier to turn to the other cheek – much like how we’re treating Edward Norton’s The Incredible Hulk.
But if the follow-up is far more important in terms of shaping the MCU moving forward just as how they are teasing it to be, Marvel should be pushing it harder. Instead, despite an earlier roll-out of July 6, signs of an Ant-Man and the Wasp trailer dropping are nowhere to be seen.
The most possible scenario here is that Marvel harmonizes the Ant-Man and the Wasp trailer with Black Panther when it releases next month and then release the second Infinity War trailer with another Disney property, like A Wrinkle In Time. A bit strange because, as we have mentioned earlier, Avengers 3 is the next installment on the MCU slate, but this let the Ant-Man sequel squeeze in their sneak peek before all the madness leading up to the ensemble film reaches its peak.
The fact that the Chadwick Boseman-led flick is poised to be one of the series’ greatest standalone outings means more people can see and learn more about Ant-Man And The Wasp if the trailer is indeed attached to Coogler’s film. At least by the time Infinity War begins being promoted, he could also talk a bit about his upcoming solo arc, keeping people updated about it.
What makes this year so tricky for Marvel Studios is that they have all their movies out halfway through summer. That means they don’t have the luxury of using a huge venue like the San Diego Comic-Con to promote any of their movies as by that time, all of their projects this year will have hit the theaters.
Not that they can’t promote their movies independently, but owning a platform like SDCC allows them to sell their entire annual slate without risking the possibility that one or two films will be lost in the mix. Ant-Man And The Wasp, particularly, is now in a very tricky position given not only it is the last MCU offering of the year, it also follows the much-anticipated Infinity War.