For those naysayers who thought Ant-Man wouldn’t live up to an Avengers-caliber hero based on its first teaser trailer, Marvel has now released a full-length trailer to put those fears to rest. Premiering a slew of new footage featuring title star in action, this final film to bookend Phase 2 of the Marvel Cinematic Universe looks to be a lot of fun.
I like it. And I wouldn’t be ashamed to say that the end of the trailer with Thomas the Tank Engine tickled my tummy. With all the Avengers running wild in Phase 2, this is only the second and final origin story fans will receive this round. There will be a whole batch of new characters to meet in Phase 3, but Hank Pym and Scott Lang are closing it out, taking a bow, and providing the encore to Avengers: Age of Ultron. But what a strange note to end it on?
The dynamic of comedy and action is a bit of step back in tone compared to Iron Man 3, Thor: The Dark World, and Captain America: The Winter Soldier. It’s like Ant-Man is here to cleanse our pallet between Age of Ultron and Civil War. Based on this trailer, Ant-Man is a more intimate story on a literally smaller scale, and I kind of like that. After a high-stakes, action blockbuster like Age of Ultron, which I cannot wait to see, it will be interesting to gain Scott Lang’s perspective on the aftermath of it all.
The trailer shows a decent amount of the story and some of the fun action. Those who are unfamiliar with the character can get a good understanding of his capabilities – and they even play on the humor of those who agree his name is quite silly. With team Feige watching over Peyton Reed’s direction, I’m sure this film will fit adequately into the Marvel Cinematic Universe, and we’ll all give a warm welcome to Paul Rudd just like we did Chris Pratt.
One spoiler note (highlight the text to unveil my thoughts): I’m sure I’m not the only one who assumes this, but I believe Marvel is playing down Ant-Man’s powers because in the comics not only can he shrink down to the size of an ant, but he can also grow to the size of a tall building. And I’m guessing him growing to that large scale size will be the big finale they’re keeping out of the promotions. End Spoiler.
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Here’s the official plot synopsis from Marvel:
Armed with the astonishing ability to shrink in scale but increase in strength, master thief Scott Lang must embrace his inner-hero and help his mentor, Dr. Hank Pym, protect the secret behind his spectacular Ant-Man suit from a new generation of towering threats. Against seemingly insurmountable obstacles, Pym and Lang must plan and pull off a heist that will save the world.
Directed by Peyton Reed, Ant-Man stars Paul Rudd as Scott Lang aka Ant-Man, Evangeline Lilly as Hope Van Dyne, Corey Stoll as Darren Cross aka Yellowjacket, Bobby Cannavale as Paxton, Michael Peña as Luis, Judy Greer as Maggie, Tip “Ti” Harris as Dave, David Dastmalchian as Kurt, Wood Harris as Gale, Jordi Mollà as Castillo and Michael Douglas as Hank Pym. This film is set to be released in theaters on July 17, 2015.
Source: Marvel Entertainment