Trailer Park Tuesday: 5 Takeaways from ‘Ant-Man and the Wasp’ Trailer

Marvel released a new trailer for Ant-Man and the Wasp, and it looks mostly kick-ass.

Here’s the official synopsis: “In the aftermath of Captain America: Civil War, Scott Lang (Paul Rudd) grapples with the consequences of his choices as both a superhero and a father. As he struggles to rebalance his home life with his responsibilities as Ant-Man, he’s confronted by Hope van Dyne (Evangeline Lilly) and Dr. Hank Pym (Michael Douglas) with an urgent new mission. Scott must once again put on the suit and learn to fight alongside The Wasp as the team works together to uncover secrets from the past.”

It sounds like standard fare, so I’m hoping it’s not a little bit of retread. I know at least the humor will be there. Marvel released a funny little pre-trailer teaser yesterday, in which some of the Avengers are wondering why Ant-Man and Wasp weren’t with them, fighting Thanos. Scarlett Johansson says, “Maybe they were with Hawkeye?” which points to the fact Jeremy Renner wasn’t there, either. The last shot is of Paul Rudd and Evangeline Lilly standing there, looking at each other, a tad perplexed.

This new trailer for Ant-Man and the Wasp, shows a bit more of their cute relationship, along with being a lot more action-packed than the first trailer. Here are five things I took away:

Rudd is still goofy and ill-equipped to be a superhero. In the opening moment in the trailer between Scott and his daughter, he explains he messes up a lot as Ant-Man, to which she says, “Maybe you just need someone watching your back. Like a partner.” Cue Lilly as the Wasp.

There is more of Wasp, which is a good thing. In the first Ant-Man, Hope was clearly capable of being a superhero, but her father was too afraid to let her get involved for fear of losing her. He comes to senses at the end and designs a badass suit for her with wings and blasters. Judging from the interaction, Rudd’s Scott is a little competitive with her. “You go low, I’ll go high,” he says. “I have wings, why would I go low?” she shoots back. Ah, wonder how they’ll advance the romance.

There’s less Michael Douglas as Hank Pym in this trailer and way more Michael Pena as Scott’s former thieving cohort Luis. I love Pena and he was hilarious in the first Ant-Man, but I’m a little worried that from the looks of this trailer they’re going to force more of his ditsy antics on us. If they just sprinkle him here and there, like they did in the original, then I’m good.

The villain also seems a tad lacking. She’s called Ghost (played by Ready Player One‘s Hannah John-Kammen) and she’s gained her powers from the “Quantum Realm,” which was opened by Pym, along with stealing Pym’s tech. She can quite literally become a ghost, walking through walls and whatnot. And she seems to be able to blast a lot of stuff. Let’s just hope they make her compelling in some fashion.

The best part, however, is all the stuff they can make go super big or super small, like a salt-shaker being blown up enough for a bad guy to run right into it, like a glass door. Laurence Fishburne is also one of the new cast members, playing Dr. Bill Forster, one of Pym’s former partners who worked on the “Goliath” project. He and Rudd have a moment, comparing how big they’ve been able to get in the suit. Ah, boys will be boys.

Watch the trailer above!

All in all, I’m definitely excited to see Ant-Man and the Wasp on July 6, especially on how they might end it. Because this takes place right after Civil War, there is no Infinity War/Thanos threat yet (that happens two years after). Will the end credits explain why Ant-Man and Wasp didn’t become involved in the war? Or will how Infinity War ends affect them even further? We’ll have to wait and see.

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