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Ant-Man and The Wasp Goes Under the Microscope in New Trailer Breakdown

Ant-Man and The Wasp

If the events of Marvel's Avengers: Infinity War still weigh heavily on fans, the consider the new trailer for Ant-Man and The Wasp as the perfect antidote, offers lots of action, humor, visual gags and ... an enormous ant playing the drums. That beats out an Infinity Gauntlet, any day.

That's not to suggest there isn't a lot to unpack from the new footage, which reveals more about the film's antagonist The Ghost, returns to the Quantum Realm, and properly introduces audiences to Laurence Fishburne's Dr. Bill Foster, who just may end up in a good-natured rivalry with Paul Rudd's Scott Lang.

We break down the trailer's highlights, and biggest questions, below.

'How Long Have You Been Ant-Man Again?'

Ant-Man and The Wasp

This opening exchange between Scott Lang (Paul Rudd) and his daughter Cassie (Abby Ryder Fortson) does more than set up the visual gag with the giant-size hero "messing up" and his new partnership with The Wasp. It emphasizes the conflict at the core of Scott's "career" as Ant-Man -- does the ex-con choose family over helping others? -- reaffirms that he did hang up the suit for a while following the events of Captain America: Civil War, and just may foreshadow a development in 2019's Avengers 4.

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In the scene, young Cassie tells her father, "I wish I could fight bad guys like you." If a recent report is to be believed, she may get her chance. Emma Fuhrmann (Blended) reportedly has been cast as an older Cassie Lang in the Infinity War sequel, which suggests either time travel or a time jump. In the comics, a teenage Cassie has assumed the costumed identities of both Stature and Stinger.

Now THAT's a Scooter

Ant-Man and The Wasp

As with the teaser trailer, we see director Peyton Reed and the film's writers (which include Paul Rudd) embrace scale, creating fantastic visual moments, like an enormous salt shaker or Pez dispenser, and here, where Rudd as Giant-Man employs a flatbed truck as a scooter in a high-speed chase.

Of course, Scott Lang being Scott Lang, what starts out well enough -- he flicks a gun out of a thief's hand, and then kicks their vehicle off of the street -- goes comically awry, as he quickly discovers he's picked up so much moment that he can't stop his "scooter."

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