Ant-Man star Paul Rudd shows off the new Ant-Man suit from the set of the film's sequel, Ant-Man and the Wasp. The forthcoming movie will be set after Captain America: Civil War, where audiences last saw Ant-Man, and will feature the introduction of the Wasp, Ant-Man's crime-fighting companion.
Last August, Marvel announced that Ant-Man and the Wasp had begun filming, and pictures and videos from the set have gradually trickled online since then. Now, though, fans can see the new Ant-Man suit up close and personal.
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HBO uploaded a (very funny) video from last night's "Night of Too Many Stars," a star-studded autism benefit hosted by Jon Stewart. In the video, as Rudd wears his Ant-Man costume, he answers (supposed) viewer questions. Rudd anticipates questions about Ant-Man and the Wasp — and name-drops Marvel whenever he can — but the questions uniformly have something else in mind: his "slappin' da bass, mon" line from I Love You, Man.
Rudd doesn't quite get why people are more interested in a one-off line than in an upcoming superhero flick. He says, "You know, this is pretty cool. Not many people have seen the suit, and...they change them with every Marvel film, but, you know, it's still kind of in keeping with the first one" — before reading another question about "slappin' da bass."
In Civil War, Ant-Man showed off his ability to not only shrink, but also grow into the massive Giant-Man. He's practically assured to assume his gargantuan form in Ant-Man and the Wasp, too. He'll also be helped by the Wasp, in the form of Hope van Dyne (Evangeline Lilly), who has assumed the alter-ego's mantle from her mother, Janet van Dyne - played by Michelle Pfeiffer in Ant-Man and the Wasp. In the first film, the younger van Dyne helps Ant-Man, but she'll have a super-suit of her own this time around.
As the Marvel Cinematic Universe continues to expand and intersect with itself, who knows what characters will make guest appearances in Ant-Man and the Wasp. (Nothing can be surprising, after all, in the wake of Matt Damon's cameo in Thor: Ragnarok.) In September, a set photo teased the Ant-Man sequel's villain, Ghost, a female version of an old Iron Man enemy. The plot's specifics haven't become clear yet, but the movie promises to deploy the same comedic charm and quirkiness of the original Ant-Man.
Don't expect any bass slappin', though. In the HBO video, after Rudd reads a question asking if the movie will feature a scene in which he slaps da bass, Ant-Man himself answers, "Yeah, sure, totally, there's absolutely a scene in Ant-Man and the Wasp where I say 'slappin' da bass.'"
- Black Panther (2018) release date: Feb 16, 2018
- Avengers: Infinity War / The Avengers 3 (2018) release date: Apr 27, 2018
- Ant-Man & The Wasp (2018) release date: Jul 06, 2018
- Captain Marvel (2019) release date: Mar 08, 2019
- The Avengers 4 / Avengers: Endgame (2019) release date: Apr 26, 2019
- Spider-Man: Far From Home (2019) release date: Jul 05, 2019