Riding the wave of hype that accompanied Avengers: Infinity War, Marvel has released a new trailer for this summer’s Ant-Man and the Wasp!
Like the first Ant-Man, the sequel seems to be telling a smaller (no pun intended) story. The movie focuses on Scott Lang (Paul Rudd) and his relationships with his daughter Cassie, Hank Pym (Michael Douglas), and Hope Pym (Evangeline Lilly). They’re not fighting aliens and trying to save the world. They’re fighting a specific threat, in this case, the villain known as Ghost, and trying to save San Francisco. They’ll be teaming up once again with Scott’s crew, including fan favorite Luis (Michael Peña).
I love the tone of the trailer. It’s light, with plenty of humor as well as action, like the first film. This time, though, there’s a different feel to it. If Ant-Man was a heist film, then Ant-Man and the Wasp is a buddy cop film. That’s certainly what it feels like. The trailer is everything a summer action movie should be.
This is a smart approach for Marvel to take. They seem determined to make it clear that Hope is definitely not Scott’s sidekick. Ant-Man and the Wasp are partners – the trailer even says so. She watches his back. Captain Marvel will be released next year and will be the first Marvel Cinematic Universe film starring a female superhero (solo) lead. In the meantime, even though her name comes second in the title, the Wasp will definitely not be playing second fiddle to anyone. She even wears a ponytail.
It’s also worth noting that this MCU incarnation of Ghost will be female. This is refreshing, considering the lack of interesting female villains in the Marvel Cinematic Universe to date (with the exception of Cate Blanchet, of course).
‘Ant-Man and the Wasp’ Is What We Need Right Now
For anyone who is still emotionally wounded by the events of Infinity War, this movie seems like it’s coming at just the right time. It feels very distinct from other MCU films. Marvel hasn’t done a buddy cop-style movie before. I’m not saying this movie will be groundbreaking, but it’s refreshing to see the studio try new things and break up the formulaic pattern the MCU often falls into. And, again, it’s a chance to see a new female superhero kick some ass. All in all, it’s something to get excited about.
Ant-Man and the Wasp opens in theaters on July 6, 2018.
What did you think of the new Ant-Man and the Wasp trailer? Are you excited for the next installment of the MCU? Sound off in the comments!