17. A Portable OFFICE BUILDING
Ant-Man & the Wasp promises to use size-changing technology in radical new ways. The first film showed Hank Pym carrying a tank on his key-chain, but Ant-Man & the Wasp goes one better: Hank actually has a portable office building. He flicks a switch outside his office, and the entire structure shrinks down to size; he then pulls a suitcase handle out of the shrunken roof. It's a brilliant and creative idea, and so true to Hank's character. Indeed, the idea of a portable lab is subtly lifted from the comics, where Hank's Ant-Man helmet once contained an entire laboratory.
In true Marvel style, the scene is complemented by a panicked and confused pigeon, no doubt wondering where its' perch has just gone.
16. A Craft To The Quantum Zone
Next up is what appears to be Hank's lab and his latest creation: a craft that he can use to travel into the Quantum Zone. In the first film, Hank believed entering the Quantum Zone was fatal. After all, he'd lost his wife when she shrank to a subatomic level. Scott's experience of the Quantum Zone proved that people could actually survive there, and Hank's clearly dedicated his time to exploring that mysterious realm. His dear hope is that Janet Van Dyne has somehow survived.
The ship's design seems very much reminiscent of the Fantastic Four's exploratory vessels, which they used to explore the Negative Zone. Marvel may be combining the concept of the Quantum Realm with the traditional Negative Zone from the comics.
In the corner of this shot, there's an enlarged Duracell battery, revealing how Hank Pym powers his experiments.
15. Ghost's Creation
The key villain of the film is Ghost, a sneak-thief who possesses the power to turn intangible. From a thematic point of view, it's possible Ghost's powers will actually be linked to the Quantum Realm. One scene looks something like an origin moment and shows her in a lab remarkably similar to Pym's. What's more, the idea that she is somehow "out of phase" with reality is a smart way of explaining her ability to turn intangible without adding too many new pseudo-scientific concepts to the film.
In the comics, Ghost is one of the Thunderbolts, a team of reformed super-villains who are - in some incarnations - forced by the government to act as heroes. She's the second member of the Thunderbolts to be reinvented for the MCU, and as Marvel chose to leave the first (Zemo in Civil War) alive, there's hope we could get an alt-Avengers in Phase 4.
14. Laurence Fishburne As Bill Foster
Bring on Laurence Fishburne, playing the character of Bill Foster. In the comics, Foster was a scientist who created similar size-changing technology to Hank Pym. He used this tech to become a superhero, taking up the rather on-the-nose title of "Black Goliath."
The MCU has reinvented Foster as one of Pym's former assistants. Significantly, the trailer shows him in a lab that looks similar to Hank's own, suggesting he's been researching the Quantum Realm. Crucially, the trailer placed that clip straight after one teasing the Ghost, suggesting Foster has actually created Ghost (but that may simply be misdirection on Marvel's part).
13. The Ants Are Back
It had to happen; you can't have Ant-Man without his beloved ants. The trailer doesn't put much of a focus on the mounts this time round, perhaps assuming fans got the idea in the first film. In fact, the only scenes with an ant in are ones where Scott is using a flying ant as a mount. Regardless, fans of Anthony are sure to smile.
- Black Panther (2018) release date: Feb 16, 2018
- Avengers: Infinity War / The Avengers 3 (2018) release date: Apr 27, 2018
- Ant-Man & The Wasp (2018) release date: Jul 06, 2018
- Captain Marvel (2019) release date: Mar 08, 2019
- Spider-Man: Far From Home (2019) release date: Jul 05, 2019
- The Avengers 4 / Avengers: Endgame (2019) release date: Apr 26, 2019