Marvel Studios unveiled nine movies last week, laying the groundwork for their films coming out each year up until the summer of 2019 that together represent “Phase 3” of the Marvel Cinematic Universe. But before we get there, Phase 2 concludes next summer, first with The Avengers: Age of Ultron and weeks later by Ant-Man.
While it’s been well-publicized that Ant-Man has undergone some major changes in its many years of development, the most noteworthy being the exodus of original writer and director Edgar Wright, a few core aspects have remained the same: the villain and the story’s connection with history in the MCU being two of them.
As far back as 2007, Edgar Wright explained that his story idea for Ant-Man involved a sequence in the past, to when Hank Pym (Michael Douglas) served as an agent of S.H.I.E.L.D. with his Ant-Man suit. Some version of that remains to this day as evidenced by the casting news revealing that Agent Carter (Hayley Atwell) and Howard Stark (John Slattery) will be involved in some capacity.
The other aspect of the film that’s seemingly been in place for a while is the concept of Yellowjacket. In Marvel Comics, Yellowjacket is simply another codename that original Ant-Man Hank Pym embraces, alongside an appropriately themed and colored costume (see image up top). In the movies however, Yellowjack is the codename for antagonist Darren Cross (Corey Stoll). More specifically, it’s the name of his own suit in the film.
A first look at that costume has leaked online via the @MoviesBook Twitter account and while it looks different from the comics, the design and color inspirations remain the same. More importantly, it looks better:
The image appears to be a mobile photo of concept design for the suit on a monitor. Like Ant-Man’s helmet, the eyes of the user can’t seemingly be seen through this particular (and more narrow) helmet. The overall design embraces a more modern exo-skeleton, militarized aesthetic and it looks far more advanced than what Paul Rudd’s Scott Lang character will be wearing. It even has a little bit of Doc Ock (the Spider-Man villain) inspiration in there with the arms that we assume are weaponized.
Does that mean Ant-Man is outmatched and is the clear underdog? No, Ant-Man has ANTS. Let Corey Stoll explain:
We got a good look at Ant-Man’s costume at Comic-Con in the concept art poster and teaser footage, and again last week on ABC during Marvel’s 75th Anniversary special, so we can only hope to get an official reveal of the Yellowjacket suit in the near future as well.
The Avengers: Age of Ultron releases in theaters on May 1, 2015, followed by Ant-Man on July 17, 2015, Captain America: Civil War on May 6 2016, Doctor Strange on November 4, 2016, Guardians of the Galaxy 2 on May 5 2017, Thor: Ragnarok on July 28, 2017, Black Panther on November 3 2017, Avengers: Infinity War – Part 1 on May 4 2018, Captain Marvel on July 6 2018, Inhumans on November 2 2018 and Avengers: Infinity War – Part 2 on May 3 2019.
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