Analyzing Ant-Man1 of 7This Tuesday, the first full Ant-Man trailer premiered alongside the pilot of Marvel's latest TV project, Agent Carter. While the trailer was mostly well-received (among the reported very healthy 29 million people who saw it), some reactions have been mixed. We here at Newsarama have even gotten in on the debate, with a point/counterpoint about the trailer's effectiveness.
Whether you loved the trailer or were left cold, there was a lot to take in in its brief running time. As usual, we've pored over the trailer looking for clues about the film, and about its relationship to the Marvel Cinematic Universe, condensing the biggest beats into these five things you should notice in the Ant-Man trailer!
Second Chances2 of 7The centerpiece of the first Ant-Man trailer is a monologue by Hank Pym - ostensibly, his pitch to get Scott Lang under the helmet and into the saddle (presumably a tiny one, perched on a flying ant). Central to this monologue, spoken eloquently by Michael Douglas, is the idea of second chances, something that would be familiar not only to Lang, but to Pym himself. Both characters have had their share of troubles in their comic history, making the idea of second chances a powerful theme for an Ant-Man film.
Cassie Lang3 of 7Scott Lang's daughter Cassie has always been his driving force, so it's appropriate just how central she is to the trailer - especially paired with the aforementioned monologue. While it's unclear whether the circumstances that lead to Scott Lang's life of crime in the comics will carry over to the movie, it's clear that Lang's love for his daughter will have a big influence on his career as Ant-Man.
Hope Van Dyne4 of 7Scott Lang isn't the only one whose family plays a big role in the trailer. Hope Van Dyne, daughter of Hank Pym and Janet Van Dyne, carries a good chunk of the footage in the Ant-Man spot - and with good reason. It looks like Hope has a connection not just to Pym, but to the villain of the piece, Darren Cross, as well. Not only that, but there's a shot of Hope training Paul Rudd's Scott Lang in combat. Seems like a fitting job for someone who is - as actress Evangeline Lilly said in a recent interview - the daughter of two superheroes.
Retro Science5 of 7Judging by Lilly's recent comments, as well as Pym's monologue, there's a lot of evidence to suggest Ant-Man will contain some glimpses of Pym's turn as the shrinking hero, along with, quite possibly, a look at Janet Van Dyne as the Wasp. Adding to the idea that there will be a flashback component is the peek we get at Pym's laboratory. Filled with dusty, dated looking super science contraptions, Pym's lab is a perfect microcosm of post-modern sci-fi style.
Hank Pym Is Watching6 of 7A secret super lab isn't all Pym has stashed away. We also get a glimpse of Pym watching a bank of monitors displaying various locations. While it's unclear exactly what he's monitoring, he also tells Scott Lang he's been keeping an eye on him. It may be figurative - or it may mean that there's more to Hank Pym than just being a former superhero and scientist. If Marvel films have taught us anything, it's that everything is connected. With decades of the MCU's history as yet untold, it's entirely possible that Pym and Ant-Man have more to do with MCU lore than we've been lead to believe.
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