Marvel Studios' upcoming release, Ant-Man, will be the second entry of the year in the Marvel Cinematic Universe and introduce 'master thief' Scott Lang (Paul Rudd) to the world of The Avengers. In addition to Ant-Man himself, the film will also introduce new technology in the form of Pym Particles, created by Hank Pym (Michael Douglas). Outside of the world-building components of the film, though, Ant-Man is at its heart a heist movie.
With Ant-Man set to premiere in less than a month, we're learning more and more about what to expect from Marvel's next feature. Now, b-roll footage and new TV spots offer insight into the film's humor, practical stunts and scenes from the movie.
The 10 minutes of b-roll (above) features crowds panicking, director Peyton Reed conferring with the cast and crew, as well as scenes of Scott Lang scaling a house and learning how fight with Hope van Dyne (Evangeline Lilly). The footage also offers a look at some of the practical stunts performed by Ant-Man, plus some of Lilly's fight sequences.
As for the new TV spots, both offer some insight into the kind of humor viewers should expect from Ant-Man. The first focuses on the friendship between Lang and Luis (Michael Peña), Lang's cellmate in prison who will be assisting in the heist. The second spot depicts Luis’ and the rest of Lang's friends' - Dave (Tip “T.I.” Harris) and Kurt (David Dastmalchian) - reactions to the shrinking Ant-Man suit.
Early reactions to Ant-Man seem to be a mixed bag, with some critics calling it a fun film (even better than The Avengers: Age of Ultron in certain cases), while others felt that it falls flat or is boring. Although fans won't be able to make up their own minds until later this summer, the reviews and footage from Ant-Man may offer hope to fans of the MCU and the insect-sized hero.
Of course, there may be some who won't be able to look past Ant-Man’s turbulent production process. With fan-favorite director Edgar Wright dropping out shortly before filming began, rewrites conducted by Rudd and Adam McKay (Anchorman, Step Brothers), and Reed coming on board, Ant-Man has likely turned out far different than it could have before these changes.
That being said, though, viewers will need to take Ant-Man for its final product rather than imagine what could have been. If nothing else, the Marvel movie seems to be an interesting ride that will include the studios' trademark humor and action.
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.