Marvel has plenty of superheroes in its gallery. Some big, some small. In expanding their cinematic universe, they chose to bring one of its smallest but beloved characters to the silver screen. After the end of Marvel’s Agent Carter, Marvel Studios released the first full trailer for their famous shrinking man, Ant-Man.
Thief Scott Lang (Paul Rudd) meets Hank Pym (Michael Douglas), who becomes his mentor, and together must protect the Ant-Man technology – which allow the user to decrease in size but increase in strength – from various threats and plot a heist with worldwide ramifications.
In this trailer, you see the path that Lang is on: a thief with a criminal past as he is seen with his arms up in the backdrop of flashing police lights and when he is walking into what appears to be a maximum security prison. But Lang is not all that bad as you can see that he is a loving father when he kisses the head of this young daughter. These two clips show that Lang is a good guy but not really a good guy, doing bad things for the right reasons. This makes for a compelling hero who will keep things interesting.
In case most are not familiar with the history of Ant-Man, there have been many who have worn the suit. This movie shows two of them: Hank Pym is the original and Lang is next. This film looks to be more of Lang’s origin story and Pym taking a mentor role after already hanging up the suit. The narration of Douglas is wonderful to carry the tone of the film, discussing the chance Lang has to change how he is seen and taking advantage of second chances.
Also starring Evangeline Lilly (The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies) as Hope Van Dyne and Corey Stoll (Netflix’s House of Cards, The Strain) as Darren Cross as the villain who takes the Ant-Man technology to become Yellowjacket.
Flying insects and seeing things at a very small level, Ant-Man is looking to be a big-time adventure as Marvel Studios brings a new hero into their fold. Ant-Man comes to theaters July 17.