A movie which involves microscopic superheroes fighting in fast-paced action sequences makes it hard for fans to analyze the tiniest of details put forth in the trailer for Ant-Man and The Wasp. Especially when they throw us off with drum-playing large-scale ants.
Still, we're nothing if not diligent, and picked up on what appeared to be a quick shot of Michelle Pfeiffer's The Wasp in the trailer. Now, Marvel all but confirms these suspicions with a new set photo of Pfeiffer (or a stunt double) in the original Wasp costume.
Pfeiffer plays Janet van Dyne, mother to Hope (Evangeline Lilly), who was the original Wasp to Hank Pym's Ant-Man. She was thought lost to the Microverse, or Quantum Realm, as the MCU refers to it, after going subatomic to defuse a Soviet missile back during the days when she and Hank fought crime together. Because Scott Lang goes subatomic and returns from the Quantum Realm unharmed in the first Ant-Man movie, director Peyton Reed set up the possibility that van Dyne will be rescued.
Now that we've gotten a real glimpse of van Dyne's original costume (featuring black and red elements, whereas Hope's updated Wasp costume is black and grey), its clear that was her we saw briefly in the film's trailer. We can expect that when Ant-Man and the Wasp aren't focused on defeating their new foe, Ghost (Hannah John-Kamen), they will likely be on a rescue mission to get Hope's mother.
In whatever way it takes for Janet van Dyne to reunite with Hank and Hope, it'll be worth it. As a founding member of the Avengers in the comics, it just wouldn't seem right for the end of the entire Avengers series to lack her and Hank.
Directed by Peyton Reed, Ant-Man and The Wasp stars Paul Rudd, Evangeline Lilly, Bobby Cannavale, Michael Peña, Tip “T.I.” Harris, Judy Greer, David Dastmalchian, Michael Douglas, Michelle Pfeiffer, Laurence Fishburne, Hannah John-Kamen, Randall Park and Walton Goggins. The film opens July 6.