5. Into the Quantum Realm
Ant-Man introduced fans to the concept of the Quantum Realm, a subatomic dimension with no concept of time or space. The reason the heroes are heading sub-atomic is simple - save Janet Van Dyne - but with Captain Marvel also visiting the Quantum Realm, there's sure to be some long-term impacts. Indeed, in an interview last year, Evangeline Lilly noted, that this would open up "a whole entire new multi-verse to enter into and play around in."
On the way to the Quantum Realm, the shrinking ship is passing through a group of tardigrades. These microscopic creatures are about 0.5mm when they're fully grown, and are one of the most resilient animals in existence, giving a terrifying sense of scale to this shot.
4. Daughterly Advice
In what is easily the cutest scene of the trailer, Scott's daughter Cassie gives him some much-needed advice. She feels he needs "someone watching your back, like a partner." This is very important: Wasp isn't Scott's "sidekick", she's his equal.
Of course, given Ant-Man & the Wasp is supposed to partly be a romcom, it's likely Cassie doesn't like her dad being on his own. She wants him to have a partner in more than just the one sense. Rudd and Lilly didn't spend much time together in Ant-Man, but the film did end with a promising kiss (and are certainly a lot of sparks between the two in the sequel's trailer).
3. Wasp In Action
Now let's focus on the real highlight of the trailer: Evangeline Lilly's Wasp. Her showcase action sequence is tremendous, showing Hope develop a unique fighting style. It's smarly familiar: in Ant-Man, Hope was the better hand-to-hand combatant; now she has a Wasp outfit, she's blended her fighting style with size-changing. It's clear Hope has been practicing her combat strategies, as she shifts size and launches powerful attacks with effortless ease. At the same time, some of the "stunts" do give a sense of just how many risks she's taking; at wasp-size, that knife would literally have cut her in half.
2. Wings... And Blasters
It would seem that action scene is relatively early on in the film, as Scott is watching it with Hank. He's clearly impressed, and more than a little envious. Learning of her wings and blasters, he asks, "So I take it you didn't have that tech available for me?" Hank just glances at him, and clarifies: "No, I did." It's certainly a stinging rejoinder.
More than comedy, though, this establishes that Ant-Man and the Wasp have subtly different skills and powersets. That's a smart move on Marvel's part, ensuring the two size-changing superheroes complement and contrast, rather than simply mirror.
1. Pez Dispensing
The entire trailer is exciting, but the post-title stinger is the definitely Ant-Man and the Wasp's most talked-about moment; Hope tosses a Pez dispenser out the back, then shoots it to change its size, startling one of their pursuers off his bike. Clearly part of the car-chase in San Francisco, and it's an amusing one that highlights just how cool size-changing can be and, more tongue-in-cheek, is a sly callback to the giant Thomas the Tank Engine from Ant-Man's finale. What makes it so neat, though, is that the Pez dispenser is a Hello Kitty model, meaning it actually belonged to Scott's daughter, Cassie.
- 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 02, 2019
- The Avengers 4 / Avengers: Endgame (2019) release date: Apr 26, 2019