The countdown to Marvel's Phase Two capper, Ant-Man, is on, and if the early Twitter reaction to the recent press screening in Los Angeles is any indication, Marvel Studios seems to have produced another solid crowd-pleaser that delivers on the colorful superhero spectacle, breezy humor, and strong character dynamics upon which they've built their shared universe. Despite a few mixed-to-negative comments from critics in attendance, it appears Kevin Feige and the MCU team have, at the very least, salvaged a project that could have taken a disastrous turn after previous director Edgar Wright dropped out, leaving the Studio scrambling to find a replacement in Peyton Reed, as well as enlisting Adam McKay and star Paul Rudd to pull off a last-minute rewrite of the screenplay.
Now, hot on the heels of several new TV spots highlighting the "insane" action in the movie, as well as Scott Lang's ability to take flight on some winged insect pals, comes yet another TV spot for the diminutive Marvel superhero. Watch it above.
This time, the focus is on Scott Lang's heist crew: David Dastmalchian's Kurt, T.I.'s Dave, and Michael Peña's Luis, as they discuss their roles in the big job (stealing some tech from Corey Stoll's evil Yellowjacket) with Paul Rudd's Scott Lang, Michael Douglas's Hank Pym, and Evangeline Lilly's Hope Van Dyne. The zippy, banter-laden chemistry among Lang and the gang is immediately apparent, with Peña emerging as a lively scene-stealer in this footage (especially where his antics involving Hope Van Dyne are concerned).
Fans wondering about the film's tone should be left with little doubt after watching this spot - the film is aiming for lots of laughs, but that really should come as no surprise considering Ant-Man's genesis as an Edgar Wright project, and the level of comedic talent like Rudd, McKay, Reed, and Pena on board.
Still, despite the humor on display here, the spot also features one of the most kinetic action montages we've seen from the film thus far. Marvel is determined to hammer the point home that even though this hero is small, the stakes will be high and the battles dazzling. We'll have to wait and see if the comedic and heist elements - mixed with a healthy dose of Marvel superhero action - will resonate with summer audiences.
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.