[WARNING: this article contains minor spoilers for Ant-Man]
The Marvel Cinematic Universe is a big place, and it's going to get a whole lot bigger from the perspective of master thief Scott Lang (Paul Rudd), who finds himself taking up the mantle of size-shifting superhero Ant-Man in the upcoming Marvel movie of the same name. Also starring Michael Douglas as Hank Pym, the original Ant-Man, the movie will introduce a suit with technology that allows the wearer to shrink down to the size of an insect, and even commune with and control our Formidicae friends. Scott Lang won't be the only one with cutting-edge science at his disposal, however; facing off against him is the villainous Darren Cross A.K.A. Yellowjacket (Corey Stoll), a former protégé of Hank's who possesses a much more advanced suit.
This suit (or a version of it) is the target of a heist mission put together by Scott and Hank. After Scott manages to steal the Ant-Man suit, Hank is so impressed by his skills that he proposes the idea of Scott helping him to steal the Yellowjacket technology from Cross. EW has just published a preview for Ant-Man that focuses on Yellowjacket and his abilities.
The preview includes a still of Ant-Man and Yellowjacket mid-battle that offers a clearer look at the Yellowjacket suit, which we saw in some concept art published earlier today and a leaked design that emerged several months ago. Needless to say, it looks even cooler in real life.
Before anyone starts typing a comment about how Ant-Man isn't even in this photo, squint a little closer. See that teeny tiny little leaping figure just in front of Yellowjacket's left shoulder? That's our hero. Admittedly this doesn't look like a very fair fight on the face of it, but anyone who has ever tried to catch a fly will know that tiny things can present a formidable and time-consuming challenge.
Speaking to EW, director Peyton Reed explained the respective strengths of Ant-Man and Yellowjacket.
"Hank Pym’s Ant-Man suit doesn’t have a single weapon,whereas Yellowjacket is armed with plasma cannons... Ant-Man is very fast when he’s small... Also, when he shrinks, he increases his density, so he’s got increased strength."
So, while the image of an action figure-sized Ant-Man trying to meet Yellowjacket's human-sized blows might look a little bit silly, Scott Lang can still pack a punch. He also has an army of ants, and if they can ruin a picnic then they can definitely ruin Yellowjacket's day 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, Spider-Man on July 27, 2017 Thor: Ragnarok on November 3, 2017, Black Panther on July 6, 2018, Captain Marvel on November 2, 2018, Inhumans on July 12, 2019, Avengers: Infinity War – Part 1 on May 4, 2018 and Avengers: Infinity War – Part 2 on May 3, 2019. Source: Entertainment Weekly