Giant-Man is front and center in the new images and poster for Ant-Man and The Wasp. Marvel Studios has taken plenty of so-called "risks" over the years that many thought would be the studio's big failure, but Ant-Man once again bucked that notion. With Paul Rudd starring and some unique size-changing superhero action (along with a lower budget), Ant-Man took in over $500 million at the global box office. The movie's financial and critical success gave Marvel enough confidence in the franchise to rearrange their Phase 3 slate to include an Ant-Man sequel.
The followup will include Evangeline Lilly's Hope van Dyne (aka. The Wasp) in a much bigger role, but also further explore the increased power set that Scott Lang revealed in Captain America: Civil War. Seeing as it takes place in the aftermath of Civil War's big airport battle but before the events of Avengers: Infinity War, there's plenty of space for the sequel to do its own thing.
Empire released two new photos from Ant-Man and The Wasp today that put both of the focus on both of the titular heroes and their drastically different sizes. Lang is shown once again utilizing his Giant-Man form to try and catch someone, in the photo below. Hope, meanwhile, has shrunk down to her smaller state in the second of these two images, possibly as part of the well-documented kitchen fight scene from the film's marketing.
Scott has not been shy about either putting his newfound powers on display or boasting about how big he's able to get in Giant-Man mode in the Ant-Man and the Wasp marketing. Hope's confidence was clearly shown in the first Ant-Man movie despite her not suiting up, so now that she's got the Pym Particles, wings, and blasters at her disposal, it'll certainly be fun to see how she comes into her own. But, possibly the most fun will be when the different scales are shown together, as they are in the new Ant-Man & The Wasp IMAX poster that Marvel released today (see below).
The IMAX poster cleverly uses the size-shifting capabilities of both heroes to tease experiencing the sequel in a format that is "a little bigger." Ant-Man and The Wasp may not have been shot entirely in IMAX as Infinity War was, but all of Marvel's recent films have included IMAX sequences. It was during Civil War's extensive IMAX airport fight that Lang showed off both his small and giant forms, so hopefully any IMAX portions of Ant-Man and The Wasp will also utilize the characters' power sets in fun ways.
These images and poster are just the latest promotional materials to surface for Ant-Man and The Wasp as it enters the final phase of its marketing. The onslaught of TV spots have continued and should up until the world premiere at the end of the month. It's only then that we'll start to learn whether or not Marvel's twentieth film is yet another hit for the studio.
- 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 02, 2019