Marvel Studios has had quite the knack for taking some of their lower-tier comic book characters and making them big movie characters if even just for a single feature film. Guardians of the Galaxy was the pioneer in this adaptation success with already one sequel, and Ant-Man is following suit.
Already scheduled to premiere this coming July, Ant-Man and the Wasp is set to reunite the primary cast from the original 2015 film for even more size-changing super-heroics. Excitement for the movie exploded after its first trailer was teased during the world premiere of Black Panther this Monday, January 29.
The sequel takes off from the last-known status of the second Ant-Man Scott Lang (Paul Rudd) following 2016’s Captain America: Civil War. Under house arrest for helping the renegade Steve Rogers, Scott tries to keep his head down in a post-Superhero Registration world, only to be brought back into trouble.
Due to his arrest, his benefactors Hope Van Dyne (Evangeline Lilly) and Dr. Hank Pym (Michael Douglas) were forced to go on the run and be branded dangerous criminals. Now they need Scott’s help against bounty-hunters pursuing them, led prominently by a tech-powered mercenary that can become intangible like a ghost.
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The trailer boasts some ridiculously awesome size-shifting CGI shenanigans that have been a hallmark of the first Ant-Man. It also shows off some neat action sequences of Lilly’s character in her new super-powered identity, with extra abilities that make Scott envious. This is of course fodder for their romantic tension.
Ant-Man and the Wasp stars Rudd, Lilly and Douglas alongside Laurence Fishburne, Michael Peña, Randall Park, Hannah John-Kamen and Michelle Pfeiffer, under the direction under the returning direction of Peyton Reed. It’s already being praised as a groundbreaking film similar to Black Panther for having a super-heroine in the title.