Marvel Premieres First ‘Ant-Man’ Trailer

By January 7, 2015
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Last night during the premiere of their latest television series “Agent Carter,” Marvel Studios premiered the first teaser trailer for their forthcoming film Ant-Man, starring Paul Rudd and Michael Douglas, and directed by Peyton Reed. It’s been a long time coming, but we finally have our first glimpse at the film, which you can see below.

As a comic book fan, one of the best elements of this trailer is the way in which it subtly plays with audience expectations. There seems to be a degree of familiarity with the subject matter, but there’s also a bit of an unexpected turn when Rudd’s Scott Lang opens his mouth for the first time. While the beginning might threaten you with over-serious melodrama, Rudd’s delivery in the selected scenes helps to illustrate that there will be brevity, as well. We also got some solid glimpses at Michael Douglas as Dr. Henry “Hank” Pym, who will play Lang’s mentor as he becomes Ant-Man.

In the comics, Pym himself is Ant-Man and a founding member of the Avengers, but it’s not too surprising that the film is taking things in a bit of a different direction. We’ll likely see some service paid to Pym’s traditional role from the comics, though, as Marvel Studios always pays a certain kind of attention to the comics on which their films are based.

We also got to see brief glimpses of Corey Stoll as Pym’s business rival Darren Cross, as well as Evangeline Lilly as Hope Van Dyne, Hank Pym’s daughter. In a previous piece, we explored how these characters in particular will likely both evoke and depart from the source material, but they’ll also likely pay a certain service to the stories which spawned them. Lilly’s look, for instance, is a little more antagonistic than heroic, but that could end up meaning nothing. We didn’t get a look at Darren Cross’ villainous alter-ego Yellowjacket this time, but hopefully we will in a future trailer.

Overall, the first trailer for Ant-Man makes it out to be a solid and fun addition to the Marvel Cinematic Universe. It also likely did its primary job of making the wait until this summer a little more painful.

Ant-Man opens in theaters on July 17th. For more on the new film as it develops, keep it locked on GeekNation!

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Chris Clow
As a former comics retailer at a store in the Pacific Northwest, Chris Clow is an enormous sci-fi, comics, and film geek. He is a freelance contributor, reviewer, podcaster, and overall geek to GeekNation, Batman-On-Film.com, The Huffington Post, and Movies.com. He also hosts the monthly Comics on Consoles broadcast and podcast. Check out his blog, and follow him on Twitter @ChrisClow.