Three months ago, we got our first trailer for Marvel’s Ant-Man, which is due to release shortly after Avengers: Age of Ultron. At first glance, I wasn’t too optimistic about this film. Granted, it was only a teaser, but I expected to see a little more out of it. Now that we’re drawing closer to the movie’s release date, Marvel Studios has revealed a second trailer that contains much more content and gives us a better look at this ambitious project.
If you haven’t seen the trailer yet, you can check it out here:
Compared to the first teaser, this trailer is like a goldmine. We finally get to see more of Ant-Man’s powers in action along with a deeper understanding of what’s going to happen on screen. Just to recap: Michael Douglas is playing Hank Pym, a brilliant scientist who invents a technology that shrinks people down to ant-size and grants them both super-strength and the power to communicate with ants. This technology is taken by the evil businessman Darren Cross (Corey Stoll), who militarizes it and creates an extreme, battle-ready costume. Therefore, Pym hires ex-thief Scott Lang (Paul Rudd) to steal back the technology using the Ant-Man suit.
During the trailer, we see Ant-Man demonstrate his various powers like leading a troop of ants and commanding them to do his bidding. We also see him use his size-shifting abilities to fight off security guards and combat Yellowjacket. Many people who watched the first trailer criticized the seemingly lame powers of Ant-Man, claiming that a hero who can shrink his size doesn’t make for a good film. However, as we see during this trailer, it actually works out really well. I can already tell that this film will rely heavily on CGI and visuals to properly convey the awesomeness of the hero’s powers. But after seeing how well Marvel has done with other CGI-fests like Iron Man 3 and Guardians of the Galaxy, I think that they’re going to knock it out of the park.
Aside from Ant-Man’s spotlight, we also glimpse other main characters’ development. The man behind the mask is just as important as the superhero himself, and I can’t stress enough how much I love Paul Rudd’s portrayal of Scott Lang so far. He’s got the wit, the humor, and the occasional seriousness packed down tightly. I’d like to see more scenes of him interacting with his daughter to determine whether he can play a caring father figure, though I’m willing to wait until the movie comes out to make that judgment.
The trailer also places emphasis on Hope Van Dyne, Pym’s daughter assigned to train Lang on how to fight and properly utilize his powers as Ant-Man. I haven’t heard anything about Janet Van Dyne or her alter-ego Wasp appearing on film, but the hot rumor is that Hope will be taking on the moniker in the Marvel Cinematic Universe. As of now, there hasn’t been a sighting of the Wasp costume, making me believe that they are either trying to completely hide a surprise appearance by the heroine in the third act, or they are reserving her for a mid-credit scene. Either way, I’m hoping that they don’t completely nix Wasp from the MCU. She’s as integral to the Avengers as Ant-Man. They can’t sweep her under the rug.
I’m not totally sold on Douglas as Pym yet. I figured we’d get the alcoholic douchebag version of Pym in the MCU, but so far Douglas has been pretty tame. I’m still really shocked that they’re using Lang as Ant-Man instead of Pym since Pym fits better into the Avenger lore and was one of the founders in the original comics. I’m hoping that they clear this up in the film; maybe they’ll add a scene about how Pym had a falling out with Tony Stark or a member of S.H.I.E.L.D. and has refused to associate himself with Earth’s Mightiest Heroes. Who knows?
Stoll looks like he’ll be a great Yellowjacket. Not only does he actually look like a villain (and a discount Tom Hardy), but almost every role I’ve seen him in shows him to be this huge douche. It’s like he was born to play a supervillain, and Yellowjacket might be his chance to demonstrate his talents.
My favorite part of the trailer is toward the end when we see a brief fight between Yellowjacket and Ant-Man that takes place on a toy train set. My guess is that Yellowjacket goes after Lang’s daughter, so Lang races home to protect her. At one point, we see a giant toy train about to crash into the insect-sized Yellowjacket from his point-of-view, then the shot cuts away to a normal-sized perspective and we watch as the train casually topples off the track. So simple yet so beautiful.
My initial thoughts were that Ant-Man would be the lowest performing film in the Marvel Cinematic Universe. After watching this second trailer and getting a better perspective of what we’re in for, I think it could actually do pretty well, especially since it’s going to be riding on the coat-tails of Avengers: Age of Ultron. Only time will tell.
Ant-Man will hit theaters on July 17th, 2015.
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