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Earlier today, Marvel dropped the first trailer for Ant-Man and the Wasp, which found Evangeline Lilly’s Hope van Dyne making her official superhero debut in the form of The Wasp, which was teased in the Ant-Man mid-credits scene.
Just like in the first film, audiences can expect a lot of shrinking-related action in the sequel, and while Hope has wings built into her suit, Scott will have to stick with calling winged ants to quickly transport him somewhere else. And speaking of those insects, director Peyton Reed has confirmed that the guitar riff heard in the Ant-Man and the Wasp trailer comes from the 1982 song “Ants Invasion” by Adam and the Ants, as he confirmed to a fan who had question about it.
A good teaser trailer needs to give a sampling of the movie’s action and/or important beats without giving away too many plot-related details, and Ant-Man and the Wasp’s preview certainly accomplished that. But kudos to Peyton Reed and the folks who cut together the trailer for also including a punny choice of music. It rocked and evokes Scott Lang’s namesake animal. Reed wasn’t required to choose any ant-related music to make sure that the Ant-Man and the Wasp trailer was catchy, but I doubt I’m the only one who appreciates him putting in the extra effort.
Took place after Captain America: Civil War, Ant-Man and the Wasp finds Scott Lang trying to balance his responsibilities both in the form of Ant-Man and being a better father to his daughter, Cassie. But his life will be thrown for a loop as Hope van Dyne and Hank Pym look for him to help them on a new mission, which will find them venturing into the Quantum Realm. Together with most of the familiar faces from the first Ant-Man film returning, Ant-Man and the Wasp will introduce new faces, namely Michelle Pfeiffer as Janet van Dyne, Laurence Fishburne as Bill Foster, Hannah John-Kamen as Ghost, Walton Goggins as Sonny Burch and Randall Park as Jimmy Woo.
You can watch or re-watch the original Ant-Man and the Wasp trailer below to catch that “Ants Invasion” guitar riff for yourself.
Ant-Man and the Wasp will appear in theaters starting from July 6, but you can see Paul Rudd reprise the role of Scott Lang before that when Avengers: Infinity War drops on May 4. Both Rudd and Evangeline Lilly will also make their comebacks for Avengers 4 on May 3, 2019. Feel free to also look through our Marvel movies guide to see what other MCU projects are in development.
Doctor Strange Was Hiding An Ant-Man Easter Egg All Along
For now, while #AntMan and #DoctorStrange may not have been the most highly anticipated #MarvelStudios releases of the past few years — and were, truthfully, heavily tipped by some to be the studios’ early stumbles — they ultimately proved highly successful on their own, genre-bending terms. What’s more, with both opting to play with a more multi-dimensional approach to the #MCU, it seems that the pair of risky solo introductions may just have served to launch a whole new side of the #MarvelCinematicUniverse.
Specifically, the one that many fans identified within the first hour of seeing the movie: The obvious presence of Ant-Man‘s “Quantum Zone” within the “Magical Mystery Tour” that The Ancient One takes Doctor Strange on early in the movie’s run-time. Hawk-eyed #Marvel fans were quick to notice the striking visual similarities between the two — and they have now been proven absolutely correct by Doctor Strange‘s director’s commentary. In it, director Scott Derrickson confirms that…
…which very much confirms that a) the mysterious, Quantum Realm-looking dimension in Doctor Strange was indeed the Quantum Realm, and b) we should perhaps all have been paying more attention to Ant-Man. It also, for certain, heavily hints at some kind of future connection between the two heroes, not least since the upcoming sequel Ant-Man and The Wasp appears likely to include some kind of rescue attempt for Hope Van Dyne’s mother (and legendary comic book version of The Wasp) Janet Van Dyne.
If you were having a thought about placing a friendly wager over Doctor Strange’s presence in the soon-to-come Ant-Man sequel, then, now may well be the time.