Did You Catch The Hidden Joke In The Ant-Man And The Wasp Trailer?
I bet you knew this day would come. It’s time to give Disney all your money.
In addition to releasing early previews of the long waited Black Panther movie, Marvel and Disney also dropped the first Ant-Man and the Wasp trailer, featuring Evangeline Lilly’s Hope van Dyne and Paul Rudd’s Scott Lang. The two finally team up in the Avengers-universe movie — as was teased in an Ant-Man post-credits scene.
Just … take it all, Disney.
But wait. Before you throw all of your money at Disney execs, we have just one tiny problem.
On the whole, the Ant-Man and the Wasp trailer is pretty good. People are shrinking all over the place while Hello Kitty Pez dispensers are growing enormous. We’re all like, “You gotta be kitten me! That shiz is purrrfect!”
Yet people are concerning about the trailer’s opening dialogue.
The teaser starts with Rudd’s character asking Lilly’s, “I just have one question. When Captain America needed help, if I had asked you, would you have come?” (Rudd’s referring to when Ant-Man was recruited to fight on Team Captain America in Captain America Civil War. Wasp was nowhere to be found.)
Lilly’s character replies, “I guess we’ll never know.”
Uh, actually, we do know.
The answer is, “Hells yeah, she would’ve shown up.” Her line in the trailer is perhaps a hidden in-joke because Wasp was originally supposed to be recruited in Captain America: Civil War, but she was cut from the final version.
In 2016, Captain America: Civil War writer Stephen McFeely told HuffPost, “We certainly had a draft where both Ant-Man and Wasp were recruited.” But according to McFeely, that cut’s casual introduction of Lilly as Wasp didn’t do the story justice.
“When they come in, that’s a lot of story there,” McFeely said. “You can’t just let Paul Rudd do what we need him to do in that part, which is look at [the sequence with] wide-open innocent eyes and adore the Avengers from the outside, which offers you comic relief beat after beat.”
Ultimately, McFeely felt as though the ambiguity surrounding Wasp’s backstory at that point in the franchise hindered the scene. So that’s why her part was ultimately cut.
It’s not that Wasp wouldn’t as well have been in awe of the Avengers. It was just that “we have not seen her be a hero at all, so that’s an example of where we think we’d be drinking someone’s milkshake,” McFeely said, adding, “Let’s let the Ant-Man franchise show her come to her full fruition as opposed to just doing it offscreen.”
So the cut came down to Wasp needing a more fleshed-out hero origin story. But, ahem, please don’t act like she didn’t want to be there, Ant-Man. Or else you’re gonna get all kinds of side-eye.
Don’t call the Wasp a sidekick.
On Tuesday, one day after the world premiere of Black Panther, Marvel surprised us with the first trailer for Ant-Man and The Wasp, the sequel to the surprise 2015 hit Ant-Man. (Even though by now, is the success of any Marvel superhero flick really a “surprise”?) The trailer unveils that the sequel will focus on Ant-Man, also known as Scott Lang (played by Paul Rudd), dealing with the fallout over his actions in Captain America: Civil War.
In 2016’s Civil War, Ant-Man sided with Cap to face off against Tony Stark’s Iron Man and company to oppose government regulation of the Avengers. He, together with the rest of Cap’s team, was ultimately captured and then promptly broken out of the superhero holding facility by Captain America.
Which means Ex-con Scott Lang is once again a wanted (ant-) man.
However, the trailer makes it clear that what Lang did as Ant-Man don’t just affect only him. Hank Pym (Michael Douglas) and his daughter Hope Van Dyne (Evangeline Lilly) have had to go on the run too, since they supplied Lang with the Ant-Man technology. It’s his daughter Cassie, in a voiceover mulling what to do next, who suggests the solution that kicks the trailer into high gear and offers the promise of the flick’s dual-named title: a partner.
The Ant-Man and The Wasp trailer makes it clear that Hope Van Dyne’s the Wasp is just as good, perhaps even better, at this superhero affaire than Ant-Man, at least if flying, taking down baddies with martial arts, and using blasters are the signs of great superhero-ing (they definitely are). Here are three moments from the trailer that tease how Ant-Man’s work will help up the ante in the new flick.
1) The Wasp running on a knife blade
What made Ant-Man so amazing was how it played with size and speed to alter the standard Marvel fight sequence. The Ant-Man and The Wasp trailer reveals that Marvel isn’t afraid to come back to that well, in a sequence featuring the Wasp dodging knives thrown at her by a random bad guy. Dodging the projectiles by doing a shrinking twisting flip would be jaw-dropping enough, but then she takes it to the next level by running down the side of the thrown blade to rebound and give the knife-thrower a piece of her mind.
2) Hank Pym shrinks a building
Thanks to their work with Lang, Hope and Hank are now fugitives (or rather, superpower individuals on whom the government wants to keep tracks) too. But their version of going on the run is a little different than most superheroes’. Thanks to Pym’s shrinking technology, packing up and hitting the road is a lot easier — you just need to take the whole building with you.
3) Giant Hello Kitty attack!
The trailer doesn’t really reveal who will be the film’s main baddie — this first look is really all about the Wasp. And what better introduction than having her turn a Hello Kitty Pez dispenser into an instrument of destruction? The Wasp shares Ant-Man’s power to shrink and grow both themselves and objects when needed. Meaning, they (and the film) get to play with turning tiny everyday objects into deadly, and sometimes adorable, weapons.