[This trailer contains MILD SPOILERS for Ant-Man.]
The upcoming Ant-Man is not just the second Marvel Studios film release of 2015, it's also the final chapter in Phase II of the studio's Shared Cinematic Universe and will introduce moviegoers to Paul Rudd's Scott Lang (before he pops up as one of the many superheroes in the first Phase III installment, Captain America: Civil War). Ant-Man went through a very public change in director when Edgar Wright dropped out over creative differences shortly before production was slated to begin; nevertheless, Wright's replacement, director Peyton Reed (Bring It On, Yes Man) was able to complete the movie on-time, and now it's even been screened to certain members of the press.
Peyton's film, as ended up being co-written by Rudd, is a heist adventure of sorts, as it follows 'master thief' Lang and the inventor of the technology that powers the shrinking Ant-Man super-suit, Dr. Hank Pym (Michael Douglas), on a mission that involves stealing key technology from Pym's former protégé, Darren Cross (Corey Stoll). Evangeline Lilly costars in Ant-Man as Pym's daughter, Hope Van Dyne, while the rest of the cast includes both newcomers (Michael Peña, Bobby Cannavale) and some familiar faces of the Marvel Cinematic Universe.
Yahoo! Movies has debuted the Ant-Man Japanese trailer online (watch it above) and as you can see, it does resemble a Cliff Notes version of the actual movie - one that outlines Lang's character arc in the film, as well as other key story threads and plot points from the film. Ant-Man doesn't include any MCU game-changing twists on the level with developments in other Phase II releases like Captain America: The Winter Soldier and Avengers: Age of Ultron, but nonetheless those who have gotten their fill of the Ant-Man marketing (and are ready to just see the movie) might want to pass on watching this preview.
Instead, you can have a look at some of the first (SPOILER-FREE) reactions to the movie, from those who attended the first Ant-Man press junket screening held in Los Angeles. The film's certainly been picking up praise thus far, with such folk as Collider's Haleigh Foutch calling it "fantastic fun with heart, wildly clever set-pieces and a scene-stealing Michael Pena." Other reactions have varied as follows:
Ant-Man is more methodical than most Marvel movies but it’s hilarious & a totally great ride. So many fun MCU links too. Another winner.
— Germain Lussier (@GermainLussier) June 26, 2015
Sadly ‘Ant-Man’ falls flat in almost every way. Doesn’t seem like it’s sure of what it wants to be. Not so much bad as it is blah.
— Mike Sampson (@mjsamps) June 26, 2015
ANT-MAN is good. Not a disaster like some expected but also not a homerun. Has a *must see* after the end credits scene.
— Steven Weintraub (@colliderfrosty) June 26, 2015
I liked Ant-Man more than I did Avengers: Age of Ultron, mainly because Marvel's doing something different and it works as a stand-alone
— Edward Douglas (@EDouglasWW) June 26, 2015
There are, of course, more early reactions to Ant-Man online (you can read more here), but the above examples seem to cover the spectrum of reactions thus far; some are calling it 'Marvel's Ocean Eleven' and "a TON of fun," others says it's just good, and some feel it's "mostly boring," but nothing terrible. It sounds like the Ant-Man suit's powers (and, in turn, the subsequent action sequences that involve them) and the subplot about Lang and his daughter are the film's most innovative elements (compared to the previous Marvel Studios film releases), but there seems to be a possibility that the movie may've suffered from having gone through a directorial switch-up so far along during its pre-productions stage.
On the other hand, it seems that 1) Ant-Man is a better standalone viewing experience than Avengers: Age of Ultron, and 2) The film includes a pair of post-credits scenes that are very much worth hanging around for, especially if you're excited about the future of the MCU. We'll have to wait and see how the outlook changes once the actual reviews for Ant-Man start rolling in (and then the general moviegoing public sees the movie), but for now it sounds like Marvel has hit a solid grounder with this one.
And now, as a final treat for those who've read this far - check out the latest bit of viral marketing for Ant-Man, in the form of a promo for Cross Technologies:
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.
Source: Yahoo! Movies