Marvel went ahead and released the first official trailer for Ant-Man during last night’s premiere of Agent Carter. While there was some doubt in funny man Paul Rudd joining the Marvel Cinematic Universe, it’s all since washed away. Ant-Man brings along a power that we’ve yet to see in previous superhero films, and Rudd brings along a comedic twang that not many others could pull off successfully.
The trailer itself has quite an ominous tone; a monologue from an aging Michael Douglas (as scientist, and original comic book Ant-Man, Hank Pym) is overlaid with shots of our hero, Scott Lang, getting into some serious trouble that puts him behind bars. He isn’t all that bad though, as we garner some sympathy for his character thanks to the heart-warming relationship he shares with his daughter. Michael Douglas believes he’s ready to become a hero, and so do we.
If we recall James Spader’s diabolic speech from the Avengers: Age of Ultron trailer, could we infer that Ant-Man is following suit and secretly laying some groundwork for their reclusive antagonist? Darren Cross (played by Corey Stoll, who has finally shed the terrible hairpiece we saw in FX’s The Strain) is set to play the ultra villainous Yellowjacket, but any sign of that was absent from the clip. It could be because the explosive encounter between Ant-Man and Yellowjacket is being kept under wraps, or maybe it’s due to Douglas being the one who dons the hi-tech supersuit. Only time will tell.
The rest of the trailer is a doozy: a remarkable reveal of Ant-Man in action, what appears to be a battle at a military compound, Evangeline Lilly (as Pym’s daughter, Hope), kicking some serious ass, and some washboard abs courtesy of Paul Rudd, who woulda thought? Clocking in a few seconds shy of 2 minutes, the first official trailer of Ant-Man successfully leaves us wanting more. It’s going to be a long wait until July 17th.