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Ant-Man and the Wasp Sets the Stage for the MCU’s First Superhero Family

The new trailer for Ant-Man & the Wasp offers plenty of shrinking and growing action from the two heroes. But in between all the fighting and jokes comes the implication that Scott Lang and Hope Pym will merely be the start of an entire new family of superheroes.

Scott and Hope would serve as the parents in this whole family -- whether they end up together romantically, or just good friends -- and Hank and Janet van Dyne will clearly be the grandparents. And while we love all of that, it's the future additions to the family that has us truly excited.

First and foremost is the obvious line at the start of the trailer, which we'd heard before; sitting with his 10-year-old daughter Cassie, Scott tells her about his recent return to being Astonishing superhero. Cassie's response is that she wishes she could fight bad guys like her dad, giving further credence to a theory involving recent casting news in relation to Avengers 4. It's believed by some fans that the sequel to Infinity War will involve a time skip that ages Cassie up to a teenager as played by Emma Furhman.

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Doing so would make her the right age to become one of her two superhero personas: Stature, or Stinger. Her powers are similar that of Ant- and Giant-Man; she can grow to tremendous heights and has a helmet that allows her to communicate with thousands of ants and insects, dependent on the identity, while as Stinger, she can fly like Wasp. In the end of 2015's Astonishing Ant-Man book from Nick Spencer and Ramon Rosanas, Cassie and Scott even become a new crimefighting father/daughter duo.

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Next is Laurence Fishburne's Bill Foster, aka Goliath. Like Pym, he may feel he's too old to wear the suit now, but the short implication from the trailer is that back in the day, the two may have been a crimefighting duo. As Goliath, he could grow to tremendous heights -- the trailer caps him at 21 feet, which may not reach Scott's 65 foot record, but isn't anything to scoff at. It's easy to imagine him as the "uncle" of the family, as he likely was to Hope growing up and seems ready to offer Scott advice on his newfound growing abilities. Even better, his inclusion paves the way for another character to take on the mantle of Goliath down the line.

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That new Goliath may potentially be Scott's BFF Luis. The character was one of the highlights of the original Ant-Man, and while Scott's assortment of prison friends are all spotted in the trailer, Luis has the most screentime and development of them all. It looks like he'll be taking on more of a prominent role in this film, not only being in the loop regarding Hank's work decades ago with the Quantum Realm, but also getting involved in one of the film's action scenes involving a shrunken down Pym Industries and a car chase. Michael Peña has too much comedic potential for him to not eventually suit up in this silly franchise, and it can easily be justified with him just learning from Scott how to shrink and grow over the last three years. If Bill is the responsible uncle in this family, then Luis is very clearly the more fun, the one who will yell "McDonald's!" during a car ride right alongside Cassie.

It makes sense for Ant-Man's franchise to be a family affair, since family is what drives the actions of Hank and Scott. While Guardians of the Galaxy has a family that's built from various types of abuse and trauma, Ant-Man and Wasp's family can be one built from love and laughs, in reflection of the family audience this is more skewed toward. The MCU could use a stable family for a change, and with the film rights to the Fantastic Four not quite nailed down at this point, this is the perfect franchise to make that happen.

Opening July 6, director Peyton Reed’s Ant-Man and the Waspstars 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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