We're just weeks away from the release of Ant-Man, the second Marvel Studios release of 2015 and the final chapter of the Marvel Cinematic Universe's Phase Two. The film will introduce new characters into the MCU: 'master thief' Scott Lang (Paul Rudd), who teams up with Dr. Hank Pym (Michael Douglas) and Pym's daughter - and future superhero Wasp - Hope Van Dyne (Evangeline Lilly) to pull off a world-saving heist.
Marvel's The Avengers: Age of Ultron changes the dynamic of the MCU, and those changes are bound to resonate throughout Ant-Man. With mere weeks remaining before the film opens, the PR machine in in high gear as loads of TV spots, B-roll featurettes and character posters saturate various media platforms. We now have two new looks at Ant-Man, starting with a new "insane" spot, which you can watch above.
As expected from any stream of TV spots for a tentpole like this (especially those from Marvel), this new one has a limited amount of new footage, but mainly repackages what we've already seen. The last bit, which illustrates how Scott Lang can "fly" serves as a bridge to this next spot, a Disney Channel promo featuring Paul Rudd and placing a special emphasis on Ant-Man's small, mighty allies:
Ant-Man's bond with his namesake insects has long been a staple of the comic books (of course), but here we're given an interesting overview of how the ants will play a role in the movie's set pieces. From creating a living bridge with their limbs to conducting electricity and even serving as 'bullets,' it looks like Lang's little buddies will be some of his most important allies.
Ant-Man has garnered mixed early reviews, but the overall consensus is that the introduction to future Avenger Scott Lang proves a stronger standalone entry than Age of Ultron and includes crucial post-credits scenes which contain teases important to the future of the MCU. Previous spots have hinted at some deeper themes exploring Scott Lang and Hank Pym's parallel father-daughter dynamic, which along with the heist-movie format sets Ant-Man apart from some of the previous superhero origin stories the MCU was built on.
Given the movie's extensive rewrites, some fans of the long-game narrative the MCU has been spinning since 2008's Iron Man may question just how Ant-Man can deliver on the many fronts it has to cover: origin story; super-powered heist movie; Phase Two ending; Phase Three opening. Overall, Ant-Man will have to draw in audiences by simply being a fun flick - we'll find out if it works this July.
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.