The first trailer for Marvel’s Ant-Man and the Wasp has finally arrived, and we finally have some solid details on the film. The movie will take place after the events of 2016’s Captain America: Civil War, which saw our current Ant-Man Scott Lang (Paul Rudd) being arrested for siding with the Sentinel of Liberty during the Avengers’ internal dispute. With the original Ant-Man film having been released months prior to Civil War, it made sense that Scott would join the subsequent ensemble film, though he joined Cap’s team without his partner and future Wasp, Hope van Dyne (Evangelline Lilly).
At the time, Marvel Studios head Kevin Feige explained the reasoning behind Hope’s absence as the studio wanting to avoid her showing up in Civil War being treated as “a moment amongst moments…It’s going to be fun to see Hope for the first time, put that suit on and go out with Scott.” On some level, it makes sense, but was also a pretty big disappointment, given that Scott’s solo movie ended with the tease of her getting a suit originally meant for her mother. The omission of her character in Civil War was something that couldn’t be unremarked upon, either in Ant-Man & the Wasp or in real life.
Surprisingly, the first trailer for the new film addresses this head on. The teaser opens with Scott talking bluntly about Hope not joining him to help Cap, and, as it turns out… Scott just plain didn’t ask her to come along with him.
“When Cap needed help, if I’d asked you, would you have come?” he asks. In return, Hope responds, “I guess we’ll never know,” a more than meta wink at her lack of inclusion in the big superhero brawl. “But if you had,” she continues, “you’d never have been caught.”
It’s hard to argue with Hope on that front; since Scott’s arrest and subsequent release from prison, both she and her father Hank Pym (Michael Douglas) have been on the run from the government and their assortment of enemies. It’s good to know that the new film will be keeping up the running theme of Scott being rather terrible at what he does, even as it plays up the fact that the other half of the new superhero team is as competent as you can get.
Opening July 6, director Peyton Reed’s Ant-Man and the Wasp stars Paul Rudd as Scott Lang, Evangeline Lilly as Hope van Dyne, Michael Douglas as Hank Pym, Michelle Pfeiffer as Janet van Dyne, Judy Greer as Maggie, Bobby Canavale as Paxton, Michael Peña as Luis, T.I. as Dave, David Dastmalchian as Kurt, Walton Goggins as Sonny Burch, Hannah John-Kamen as Ghost, and Laurence Fishburne as Bill Foster.
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