Yet another Marvel trailer is upon us, as the first full Ant-Man trailer has just been released. Having watched it, I have to admit that I’m a little unsure of what to think. That’s not to say that I don’t think it’ll be good. I just don’t know what to think. I didn’t know what to think about the first trailer for Guardians of the Galaxy either, and look how that turned out!
In the trailer we get a good look at pretty much everyone, with Paul Rudd’s Scott Lang being led into the Ant-Man mantle by Marvel legend (and original Ant-Man) Dr. Hank Pym, played by Michael Douglas. These too will obviously have the classic student/mentor relationship, as Pym attempts to use Lang’s talents for stealing and crime for good. Evangeline Lily, hot off of The Hobbit trilogy will jump in as Hope Van Dyne, a likely love interest for Lang, and Corey Stoll will play the films villain, Yellowjacket. I will say that I worry a bit about this, as he’s just not the most villainous villain, and it makes me wonder if there isn’t a bigger bad guy in play that we aren’t going to learn about until we see the film!
That being said, it’s clear that Ant-Man will be heavy on the humor. The trailer shows this, and knowing that Rudd gave the script a re-write just further emphasizes the fact. That’s fine though, as Marvel films are always filled with humor, and the formula worked well for Guardians. Plus there’s nothing wrong with having something a little different from the rest. Marvel may be diversifying their portfolio a little, so as long as they still deliver what comic fans need, all will be well.
The highlight of the trailer for me was the epic fight on the Thomas the Tank Engine train set, which was a great indication of just how silly the film will be willing to get at times. They almost have to embrace it, as the concept of Ant-Man is proabably one of the silliest, or at least the hardest to bring from a comic book page to a screen in a credible way. But when you really think about it, that shouldn’t be true, because we’ve got giant green monsters, ancient gods with giant hammers and talking raccoon’s.
Ant-Man will be hitting the big screen on July 17!