Hot on the heels of the Hulkbuster clip at the MTV Movie Awards, Marvel Studios has dropped its second trailer for “Ant-Man.” In it, Paul Rudd suits up as Scott Lang and takes on Corey Stoll’s villainous Yellowjacket.
Marvel fans will note that “Ant-Man” is a departure from the studio’s Cinematic Universe structure of the past three years. Ant-Man will be the first standalone film hero since Captain America (Chris Evans) made his debut in “Captain America: The First Avenger” in 2011. One could also make the case for “Guardians of the Galaxy” in 2014, but that's a team, so no.
To make sure fans don’t miss anything in the new hero’s latest trailer, here's a breakdown of the most important moments.
“Ant-Man” had a first-look teaser trailer in January, but it left many wondering if the exit of Edgar Wright, who had been working on the movie since 2006, had compromised the direction of the film. The director, known for irreverent comedies like “Shaun of the Dead” and “The World’s End,” left the project due to creative differences with the studio. When the almost humorless teaser dropped, many feared that Marvel Studios would stall the wheels Wright had set in motion. The new trailer alleviated some of those concerns by bringing some real comedy chops to the table. Perhaps the biggest laugh comes when Rudd’s character reveals he has experience with “breaking into places and stealing stuff.”
“I want you to break into a place and steal stuff,” replies Hank Pym (Michael Douglas).
“Makes sense,” a deadpan Rudd says.
For those who haven’t done their homework, Ant-Man has a lot of cool powers. While we’ll get into the finer points of his abilities later, the trailer revealed that the suit the hero wears somehow gives him the ability to make the ant population of the world do his bidding. To demonstrate this, he gets a few ants to spin a coin. The teaser from January showed the character riding a flying ant, but it was unclear if the movie version of the Marvel hero would be able to control the insects, as in the comic books, or simply tame them. It looks like, given some of the other shots of Lang running with the ants, audiences will see the results of mass mind control in the July 17 film.
How To Punch
While he begins the movie as a master thief, it looks like Lang will need some combat training to become a full-fledged superhero. Luckily, he’ll get the training he needs from Evangeline Lilly’s character Hope Van Dayne, who CinemaBlend reports is Hank Pym’s daughter. While her punching our hero square in the face is another example of the trailer’s comedy, Van Dayne is also used to lay out Ant-Man’s powers to the audience. We all know the hero’s suit can shrink his body, but apparently the process makes him extra dense, awarding him super strength while tiny. In addition, he’ll be able to move incredibly fast, “like a bullet,” when in his shrunken state.
The Hero’s Villain
Admittedly, the trailer wasn’t quite the first unveiling of Corey Stoll’s Yellowjacket. Previously some concept art from the movie leaked online, and Entertainment Weekly revealed exclusive first-look images of the character on Thursday. Still, the trailer was the first time that fans were treated to the yellow-clad villain actually using his suit’s abilities and arsenal.
“Hank Pym’s Ant-Man suit doesn’t have a single weapon,” director Peyton Reed told EW. “Whereas Yellowjacket is armed with plasma cannons.”
Stoll will play a character named Darren Cross, a rival to Hank Pym who hopes to use his company to mass-produce Pym’s shrinking technology to make weapons. Unfortunately, he’s got the old man, his daughter and Lang standing in his way. Still, if the trailer is any indication, he’ll put up quite the fight to get what he wants.
Low Concept, High Stakes
Sure, Iron Man gets to fight on an oil rig, and Captain America gets to blow up the Triskelion helicarriers, but Ant-Man gets to throw down with Thomas the Tank Engine. While that might not sound awesome, it looks pretty cool in the trailer. “Ant-Man” will play with its own concept by shrinking down in an environment as innocuous as a child’s bedroom for an epic fight scene. The trailer sees the hero and villain going after each other on the train tracks of, apparently, one of the toys in Lang’s daughter’s bedroom.
“Ant-Man” will shrink its way into theaters on July 17 just two months after the release of what will likely be Marvel Studios' biggest hit of the year, “Avengers: Age of Ultron.”
Check out the new trailer below.