After the non-stop, emotional rollercoaster that was Avengers: Infinity War, Marvel Studios has decided to show a little mercy on us poor fans. This July, we will be treated to Ant Man and the Wasp, a light-hearted, heist-comedy sequel to 2015’s Ant Man. The first film featuring our titular insect heroes knew exactly what it needed to be: a laugh-heavy special effects film that showed off Ant Man’s shrinking powers and got us invested in the characters. Scott’s brief appearance in Captain America: Civil War that next year added his giant-sized growing powers to the mix and made for another hilariously inventive action set piece. Now, two years later, director Peyton Reed seems to be doubling-down on what made his first MCU film so fun.
Ant Man and the Wasp‘s first trailer was a great tease, but its second trailer definitely shows more of the story (perhaps too much?) We open with Cassie (Abby Ryder Fortson) asking her father, Scott (Paul Rudd), about his recent superheroics as Ant-Man. Cassie tells her dad that she wishes she could “fight bad guys like you,” possibly hinting at her becoming a Young Avenger in the future like she has in the comics. As Giant-Man, Scott uses a pick-up truck as a skateboard- seriously, these writers have done such a creative job with his powers- to chase down Sonny Burch (Walton Goggins). It doesn’t seem like he’s able to catch Burch, though, prompting Cassie to tell him that “maybe he just needs someone watching your back.”
Enter the Wasp! Hope van Dyne (Evangeline Lily) was an underutilized highlight of Ant-Man and it is great to see her in full superhero form fighting alongside Scott. Her quick takedown of an SUV filled with goons reminds me of the opening car fight in Deadpool only with, you know, a shrinking, flying superheroine. On the film’s latest poster, Hope is featured just as prominently, if not more so than Scott. Between this film and Captain Marvel out next March, the MCU is about to get two new kick-ass female leads.
We cut to fan-favorite reformed criminal Luis (Michael Peña) talking to Hank Pym (Michael Douglas), Hope’s dad and the original Ant-Man. Between films, Hank has been exploring the Quantum Realm, that trippy microdimension that Scott fell into at the end of the last movie. His wife, Janet (Michelle Pfeiffer, who is unfortunately absent from this trailer), has been lost in the Quantum Realm since the 1980s. The submarine-like vessel used to navigate the Quantum Realm is again given some of the spotlight. It has a great design, very sleek and utilitarian. I am looking forward to seeing more of the Quantum Realm in this film and maybe again in others (tell me your Avengers 4 theories in the comments below!)
Luis mentions the film’s antagonist, a tech thief named Ghost (Hannah John-Kamen) who apparently uses stolen Pym technology to phase through solid matter. Her costume design is superb, with the white of her suit contrasting well with the red-black of Ant Man and yellow-black of the Wasp. It is nice that the villain’s powers are different from the heroes’ (nice try Iron Monger, Yellowjacket, Kaecilius, etc.) and her phasing abilities will make for some interesting fights. And it looks like she has caused enough trouble for Scott, Hope, and Hank to turn to Luis and company for help, much to his chagrin.
The main focus of this trailer, though, is establishing the film’s titular partnership. The action scenes we see have several great moments of Ant Man and the Wasp working together and using their different powers and skill sets to compliment each other nicely. “It Takes Two” by Rob Base and DJ EZ Rock kicks in at the perfect time and keeps the rhythm going as our two heroes take down some baddies. I hope the film explores Scott and Hope’s romance as much as it does their partnership when fighting crime. I did not really buy that the two had fallen for each other by the end of the first film, so if Marvel wants me to believe the two are meant for each other, they will have to put in some work.
Before the film’s title flashes triumphantly on screen, we get an escalating montage of action. A tiny Wasp dodges a supersize knife. Hank’s mysterious shrinking building from the first teaser spontaneously grows huge again, crushing everything in its path. Ghost phase-kicks through a moving car and takes out someone on a motorcycle. Luis and Hope dodge debris in a shrunken van, only to enlarge under another car and send it flying. And we finish it all off with an appearance from Bill Foster a.k.a. the Goliath (Laurence Fishburne), Hank’s old superhero buddy who helped invent the Giant-Man’s growing ability. I would love to see another de-aging flashback to Hank, Janet, and Bill’s S.H.I.E.L.D. days. Anything to get Peggy Carter and Howard Stark back for cameos…
There were a couple of little moments I wanted to highlight too: when giant Ant Man stopping crime outside does not phase anyone in a coffee shot, the Wasp using a giant saltshaker to stop a runaway criminal, and best of all, the giant sized ant from the last movie playing the drums. What does it mean? I guess we will have to wait to find out.
Does this trailer reveal too much? In hindsight, no I do not think it does. We now know all the pieces on the board for Ant Man and the Wasp (stopping Ghost, finding Janet, and protecting Hank’s shrunken building), but I do not think we can yet say what they all add up to. Marvel Studios has a nasty habit of releasing great second trailers, but then revealing waaaayyy too much in TV spots and promos in the week or so leading up to their next film’s release. With this great second trailer behind me, I can happily avoid any further advertisements and begin eagerly waiting for Ant Man and the Wasp to come out.
What excites you about Ant Man and the Wasp? How might they factor into Avengers 4? And what surprises are you hoping to see come July? Sound off in the comments or send us your thoughts on Facebook or Twitter!