Bigger, better, smaller! Ant-Man’s newest trailer is a fANTastic improvement…
I know it hasn’t even been a year since Guardians of the Galaxy premiered, but it feels like it’s been forever since Marvel introduced a new hero into its too-big-to-fail Cinematic Universe. Seriously, think about it. Sure, the Guardians knew a guy/know a girl knows Thanos but they never share screentime, and obviously, we were teased with Scarlett Witch and Quicksilver in Winter Soldier. But for real: Who was the last superhero introduced in a Marvel movie? Substantially, I mean, as in a character that will eventually get their own film? I know that’s a shitload of qualifiers, but it may’ve been as far back as 2011.
Of course, all of this is a convoluted way of saying “Hi, Ant-Man! Thanks for getting me excited for Marvel’s Phase Three” And hey, at least the first full trailer is a major improvement over that first teaser, which was the first Marvel movie trailer that had me feeling next to nothing. That was mostly due to it being so insubstantial, sort of a hasty assemblage of FX-less available footage, or something that felt far more appropriate for a Comic-Con exclusive audience than for repeated viewing by the general public. But the above trailer is a major improvement, capably highlighting who Ant-Man is, what he does, and how its comedic tone will set it apart from the rest of the MCU. Most importantly, I have the utmost faith in both Peyton Reed pulling off the project Edgar Wright tragically abandoned, as well as Marvel Studios surprising the piss out of me once my ass is in the theater.
Ant-Mazing! Ant-Stounding! F-ANT-TASTIC!
That’s well-earned enthusiasm, yet it’s also interesting to juxtapose with the weird stuff on display here that may rub us nerds the wrong way. What’s his name from the first season of House of Cards? Him and his yellow jacket strike me as the kind of villain the MCU abandoned somewhere in between the first and second Iron Man. You know, the megalomaniacal billionaire variety The Amazing Spider-Man seemed heelbent to bore us to death with? And another oddity I’m ashamed to cop to… Isn’t it really weird seeing Paul Rudd play a straight comedic role? Perhaps I’ve been weaned too much on stuff like Anchorman, They Came Together, and the dozens of other welcome, wacky cameos Rudd makes on an annual basis, but I don’t think I’ve seen him play a sincere lead role in over a decade. Just so we’re clear, LOVE THE GUY, but he has the least to say of any character in the new trailer, so I doubt I’m the only person riding that vibe. Again, just letting you know how I feel, I’ve got faith in Ant-Man (the new Lang-starring comic has been amazing BTW), Marvel and what you’ve got to say in the comments below. Let us know your thoughts and they’ll undoubtedly get brought up on the next Cape Crisis!