Although fans are still talking about the release of “Avengers: Age of Ultron,” they need to get ready for the next big (or small) standalone superhero movie in the Marvel Cinematic Universe (MCU), “Ant-Man.” Now, to help fans with the transition, a new TV spot shows the character alongside the Avengers and the Guardians of the Galaxy.
It’s important to mention up top that this does not mean any superhero other than Ant-Man will appear in the upcoming movie. The TV spot simply shows old footage of Captain America (Chris Evans), Iron Man (Robert Downey Jr.), Thor (Chris Hemsworth), Hulk (Mark Ruffalo), Rocket Raccoon (Bradley Cooper) and Groot (Vin Diesel) in shots from their previous appearances in the MCU. Unfortunately fans that want to see Scott Lang (Paul Rudd) throw down with villains alongside the Avengers are still going to have to wait until the character returns in “Captain America: Civil War” in 2016.
As The Hollywood Reporter notes, the new trailer (below) comes with the tagline “The Marvel Universe is about to get a lot bigger,” an obvious tongue-in-cheek reference to the fact that Ant-Man’s biggest claim to fame is his ability to shrink his body down to the size of, you guessed it, an ant. However, it serves a purpose other than laughter. With the upcoming standalone superhero origin story placed smack in the middle of Marvel’s two biggest superhero team ups (“Avengers: Age of Ultron” and “Captain America: Civil War”) it’s been a difficult task to get those that weren’t already a fan of Ant-Man excited to see an unfamiliar face in the same world as the heroes they know and love.
A trailer that leans on the popularity of Marvel Studios’ other properties is a great way to get its die-hard fans stoked to see what Ant-Man is bringing to the table. In addition, rumors have been circulating that “Ant-Man” won’t be without its connections to Marvel’s larger movie canon. A recent rumor states that the film will be used to introduce the new Spider-Man to the MCU, albeit through vague references rather than actually debuting the web-head himself. Still, with the film’s July 17 release date just around the corner, the studio seems eager to remind fans that he’s a part of the bigger picture that will take them all the way to 2020 with the climax of the “Avengers: Infinity War” two parter and the debut of the “Inhumans” movie.
Check out the TV spot below and tell us if you’re excited for the “Ant-Man” standalone movie. Comment below or tweet your thoughts to @TylerMcCarthy.