Having fed their detractors a serving of crow by making Guardians of the Galaxy the highest grossing movie of 2014, Marvel is ready to take what is arguably an even bigger gamble. We’re talking, of course, about Ant-Man, a troubled production that will be hitting the screen this summer, after a decade’s worth of development. Now we’ve got the first chance to see Ant-Man in action. Check out the first trailer below:
Ant-Man stars Paul Rudd as a petty crook named Scott Lang. He finds a chance at redemption when he crosses paths with Henry Pym (Michael Douglas), a physicist and entomologist who invented the titular suit back in 1963, a snazzy getup that allows the wearer to shrink in size but increase in strength, making for one hell of a right hook. After seeing potential in Lang, Pym takes him under his wing and begins training him to become “the Ant-Man.” (And yes, Scott, it is too late to change the name.) While the specifics of the story are still mostly under wraps, we know it allegedly involves a “heist” of some sort.
We’re guessing that heist will involve swiping something from Darren Cross (Corey Stoll), a former Pym protege who now has control of Pym’s corporation. Unfortunately, he also gets his hands on the Ant-Man tech and uses it to build the Yellowjacket suit, which Stoll describes as “the next generation of Ant-Man’s suit. It can do everything that Ant-Man can do, but more. It’s more badass, more militaristic, sleeker… sort of like if Apple had designed a battle suit.”
Also in the mix is Hope Van Dyne (played by Lost’s Evangeline Lilly), daughter of Pym and Janet Van Dyne — a name comics fans will recognize as the civilian identity of the Wasp, longtime love interest and partner of Pym’s Ant-Man. Lilly is also sporting a very Wasp-y hairdo, so naturally there’s plenty of speculation that she’ll be taking on the Wasp identity at some point during the film. We shall see.
All in all, the trailer looks interesting but it’s not nearly as funny as I was expecting. Hopefully the humor will become more apparent in future trailers, because I can think of few things worse than an overly serious Ant-Man movie.
Ant-Man will infest theaters on July 17, 2015. You can check out some screen captures from the trailer below.