Although relatively brief, at 1 minute and 44 seconds, the teaser trailer for Marvel’s Ant-Man and The Wasp packs a giant-size wallop, with the official debut of Evangeline Lilly’s Hope van Dyne in her costumed identity, an exploration of the fallout from Captain America: Civil War, some inventive uses for Pym Particles, and, yes, the return of Giant-Man.
The sequel to 2015’s Ant-Man sees Scott Lang and Michael Douglas reprise their roles as Scott Lang and Hank Pym, but the teaser also introduces Laurence Fishburne as Dr. Bill Foster and Hannah John-Kamen as the villainous Ghost. In between, it offers a peek into the Quantum Realm and drops some potential clues about the sequel’s storyline. We call out some of the biggest elements below.
‘When Cap Needed Help …’
The events of 2016’s Captain America: Civil War, unsurprisingly, loom large over the teaser trailer, not only because the blockbuster left ex-con Scott Lang a fugitive — he and Steve Rogers’ other allies were imprisoned at the Raft, and then broken out — but because his actions had consequences for those around him.
We see Scott fitted with an ankle monitor, and placed on home confinement, as FBI agents search his home, presumably for contraband technology. “I do some dumb things,” he laments, “and the people I love the most — they pay the price.”
Hank & Hope On the Run
Chief among those are Hank Pym and Hope van Dyne, who became fugitives themselves in the aftermath of Scott’s arrest, presumably because of their continued work with the Pym Particles, and the existence of the Ant-Man suit. “Thanks to you, we had to run,” Hope says, underscoring the fallout. “We’re still running.”
Clearly, however, the damage extends beyond any legal troubles, as the trailer opens with Scott asking Hope whether she’d have gone with him when Captain America called. “I guess we’ll never know,” she replies, adding, “But if you had, you’d never have been caught.” Beyond that, director Peyton Reed teased just last month that Civil War provided filmmakers with a central question, regarding how Hank and Hope react to their technology being exposed to the world. We probably have a pretty good idea.
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