When Peyton Reed's Ant-Man was announced, many Marvel Comics fans were apprehensive given that it didn't focus on a young Hank Pym and Janet van Dyne, two founding members of the Avengers in the comics. However, their fears were put to rest and the movie was well-received, as it detailed ex-convict Scott Lang (Paul Rudd) being mentored by a much older Hank (Michael Douglas) to stop the tech-thief known as Yellowjacket.
However, we did get a glimpse of Hank and Janet (aka the Wasp) as superheroes via a decades-old flashback showing Janet getting lost in the Microverse after going sub-atomic to defuse a Soviet missile. It was basically a cameo, but with Scott going subatomic later on and re-emerging in the real world, well, Reed smartly set the stage for Janet's rescue to be a main plot driver of Ant-Man and the Wasp. And judging from the sequel's new trailer, Reed makes up for the hero's absence in the first film by giving the character her due in the limelight here.
The trailer focuses on Scott, Hank and, of course, Luis (Michael Peña) and his cohorts, planning how to stop the phase-shifting criminal known as Ghost (Hannah John-Kamen). A main highlight is Evangeline Lilly's Hope, who has taken up her mother's mantle and is driving the rescue mission. The thing is, given how quickly the trailer's action sequences are paced and that a lot of shots are blink-and-you'll-miss-it, one might assume that anytime we see a Wasp in action, it's Hope.
But this doesn't appear to be the case.
The first shot of what we believe to be Janet (played by Michelle Pfeiffer) comes around the 1:24 mark, when something quickly zips by Scott in the quantum realm, apparently startling him. Were it Hope, he likely wouldn't be too surprised, but given that he seems to be taken aback by this Wasp, it stands to reason that it's actually Janet. We're not sure if this is a flashback from his first trip there where he may have unknowingly encountered Janet, or if this is part of his return to the Microverse to find Hope's mom -- but it's further proof that he knows she's alive and in need of a rescue.
The second shot comes at the 1:35 mark and appears to presents Janet in all her crimefighting glory. Here, we see a Wasp helping Ant-Man take down a henchman. In the heat of battle, as this Wasp increases back to full-body size, judging from the black-and-red color scheme she's rocking and the design of her wings, it's clearly Janet in action.
At first glance, it seems like she's helping Scott in the fight (which would mean the rescue mission is a success), but upon closer inspection, we see tubes hooked up to Ant-Man's helmet. This, along with the slightly different design of his eyes and the style of his suit, point to it being Hank -- which means that this quick snapshot is apparently a flashback to their heyday as crimefighters.
Given that Janet may be in the Infinity War sequel, it's a safe bet our heroes will achieve their objective and save the Hope's mother. What's more promising though is that along with the likes of Bill Foster (Laurence Fishburne), Luis and co., and Janet as a new mentor back in the mix, the future does look bright, and rather big, for Team Pym.
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.