Marvel Studios is gearing up for its second big tentpole film of summer 2015: Ant-Man. Ironically, Marvel’s miniature Avenger has been its biggest, longest headache to date. This is a project that harkens back to the early 2000s, when writer/director Edgar Wright was campaigning to make it, before there was even such a thing as the Marvel Cinematic Universe.
At long last Ant-Man is about to get small on the big screen, and Marvel has put out one final international trailer to get UK fans hyped, and you can watch that above.
In this version of the Ant-Man story, we meet Scott Lang (Paul Rudd), a thief who is trying to make ends meet for his daughter. Scott is recruited by scientist and former superhero Hank Pym (Michael Douglas) to do what he does best: steal something. That something happens to be an advanced and weaponized version of Pym’s Ant-Man armor, which has been seized by the old man’s former protege, Darren Cross (Corey Stoll). With training from Pym’s daughter, Hope (Evangeline Lily), Scott goes from being a thief to being a hero who can shrink to miniature size and communicate with ants, battling to keep that tech out of the wrong hands. And so the legacy of Ant-Man continues…
This final UK trailer plays to Ant-Man‘s place in the Marvel Cinematic Universe by dropping that overt reference to The Avengers – just in case we forget that this standalone origin story still exists in a bigger sandbox. Some of the earlier Ant-Man movie trailer and posters used Avengers references to help sell the film, which is understandable; Ant-Man is supposed to be the “epilogue” to Marvel’s Phase Two after Age of Ultron, which means it takes place at a time when the Avengers and their exploits are more public (and debated) than ever. We also know going in that Scott Lang has to end in a place that makes him an Avenger by the time Captain America: Civil War hits theaters next year, so those connections will definitely need to be made during the film’s runtime.
Early reviews of Ant-Man say that the movie isn’t all that revolutionary, but is another solidly enjoyable Marvel standalone film, that should firmly establish the Ant-Man character in the MCU, and provide an enjoyable family film for viewers.
Ant-Man opens in theaters July 17, 2015; Captain America: Civil War – May 6, 2016; Doctor Strange– November 4, 2016; Guardians of the Galaxy 2 – May 5, 2017; Spider-Man reboot – July 28, 2017; Thor: Ragnarok – November 3, 2017; The Avengers: Infinity War Part 1 – May 4, 2018; Black Panther – July 6, 2018; Captain Marvel – November 2, 2018; The Avengers: Infinity War Part 2 – May 3, 2019; Inhumans – July 12, 2019.