The first teaser for Ant-Man & the Wasp had a musical Easter egg hidden in it according to director Peyton Reed. In all the excitement over Black Panther and Avengers: Infinity War, it can be easy to forget that Ant-Man 2 will arrive this July in theaters. And though the Internet is ablaze with the first Black Panther social media reactions following last night’s premiere, Marvel figured now was as good a time as any to promote this summer’s pint-pized sequel.
This morning saw the release of the first Ant-Man & the Wasp trailer, teasing the arrival of Hope van Dyne as the MCU’s newest hero. The trailer gave us our first look at Evangeline Lilly in action as the Wasp, showing off her new suit, wings, and blasters. We also got to see plenty of size-changing shenanigans, from shrinking office buildings to gigantic Hello Kitty Pez dispensers. But amidst all the comedy, character reveals, and action, there was a lengthy Easter eggs many fans may have missed.
Ant-Man & the Wasp director Peyton Reed responded to user @Nancy_Sgro on Twitter after the trailer reveal who heard something familiar in the teaser’s choice of music. After the way music was used in the Thor: Ragnarok and Black Panther teasers, the Ant-Man 2 one was a bit of a let down with just its chugging guitar riff. But Reed actually chose it for a very specific reason.
— Bucky's Doll (@Nancy_Sgro) January 30, 2018
It is indeed. https://t.co/QZJxsbgohI
— Peyton Reed (@MrPeytonReed) January 30, 2018
Best known for hits like ‘Goody Two Shoes’ and ‘Prince Charming,’ Adam Ant was one of the more colorful figures to emerge from the post-punk and New Wave scene of the late ’70s and early ’80s. And though he doesn’t have any connection to Marvel Comics, Reed clearly couldn’t resist honoring the ant-themed icon in the new trailer. Like James Gunn and, fittingly, Edgar Wright, Reed is clearly a fan of a certain era of music and isn’t afraid to honor that for the few fans who will pick up on the joke.
With Reed’s background in comedy and with the Ant-Man franchise being Marvel’s most comedic, expect more nods like this to appear. In fact, we could just see the standard Stan Lee cameo nixed in favor of an appearance by Adam Ant himself. For now though, there’s still plenty to unpack in the trailer—from the first look at the villainous Ghost to another glimpse of the Quantum Realm.
As we await more images and info from the film, the first Ant-Man & the Wasp poster quickly followed the trailer release. Keeping up the humorous bent, the poster follows the original one by having a normal-sized logo with tiny versions of the titular heroes. In doing so, it also acts as the exact opposite of Marvel’s other notoriously crowded posters. Though Black Panther will remain Marvel’s focus for the coming weeks, expect more from Ant-Man & the Wasp now that the promotional cycle has begun. And don’t be surprised if ‘Ants Invasion’ receives a boost in sales on iTunes.
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