The latest trailer for Ant-Man and The Wasp just dropped, and it looks like a fun, ground-level superhero movie. Finally, a comic book movie where the stakes aren't, "Some bad guy is going to kill us all if we don't stop them" (we hope). While the Ant-Man sequel won't be on a cosmic level, the new trailer does introduce us to a new threat and some connections to Marvel comics.
So what's the second trailer all about? We're breaking down a few of the important moments from this trailer to see what we can learn about the movie as a whole. There weren't too many major moments, but it does give us a good idea of when the movie takes place and how this movie delves into the secret history of super-powered people in the MCU.
If you haven't seen the latest Avengers movie, there may be some minor Infinity War spoilers here, but don't worry; it's nothing major. And if you want to catch up on all the MCU movies before seeing the latest Avengers joint, you may want to watch them all in order.
It Takes Place After Civil War, Before Infinity War
In the opening scene, Scott Lang (Paul Rudd) is talking to his daughter, and she asks, "How long have you been Ant-Man again?" He tells her that it hasn't been long, as we see a giant Ant-Man riding on the back of a truck, chasing an SUV. Because of the costume, we know this takes place after Captain America: Civil War and because we learned in Infinity War that Scott is no longer on the run from the government and on house arrest. We're assuming that what he's doing here is super-illegal, or he's working with the government to stop these baddies.
This Tiny Building Is A Major Part Of The Movie
We saw in the first trailer that Pym is on the run, and he shrunk down his entire building. This is not the same Pym Technology Headquarters from the first film, as that was destroyed. This one if more discreet, and in this scene, it's in the hands of Sonny Burch (Walton Goggins). He will be a featured villain in this film. In the comics, Burch is the head of Cross Industries, an advanced weapons manufacturer. While he mainly messed with Tony Stark by claiming Stark's old Iron Man suit rights, it's easy for that character to transition into Ant-Man's world. In the scene above, he's most likely trying to steal all of Pym's technology for himself to manufacture.
Luis And Friends Have A Security Company
One of the highlights from the first movie was Luis (Michael Pena). Apparently, Luis and the heist team from Ant-Man has gone legit. From the looks of the scene, Luis is working for or running a security company, as behind him are electronic locks and other security equipment.
Who Is Ghost?
Both Ant-Man and Wasp will be fighting Ghost (Hannah John-Kamen), who can phase through objects. In the comics, the Ghost suit was worn by John Morley, and he first appeared in Iron Man #219 back in 1987. The character was a mercenary for hire who sabotaged corporations, many of which were corrupt. In a sense, he was a vigilante for hire. Although, many times, corporations were hiring him to destroy their competition. His suit, which he claims he invented the tech for, can allow the user to phase through matter, become invisible, and disrupt electronic devices.
Lots Of Quantum Realm
The Quantum Realm was established in Ant-Man and used again in Doctor Strange. When Pym Particles make a person or object subatomic, said thing enters this alternate dimension where space and time are irrelevant. Lang went into the Quantum Realm at the end of Ant-Man--this is also where Janet Van Dyne, the original Wasp, ended up--and Doctor Strange briefly visited it when the Ancient One sent him travelling through numerous dimensions early on in his solo film. In the comics, this place is called the Microverse, but Marvel changed the name for the big screen, most likely because Paramount owns the movie rights to Micronauts, which was formerly part of Marvel.
Pym Tech Isn't Just For Costumes Anymore
In Ant-Man, we saw people shrink using Pym Particles as well as objects that Lang threw his shrinking discs at. Now, that technology is housed in a van, shrinking the automobile and everyone inside of it. The tech has an old-school look to it though, so maybe this is something Pym developed decades ago that he's kept locked in a warehouse.
Dr. Bill Foster And Project Goliath
At the end of the trailer, Lang is talking to Dr. Bill Foster (Laurence Fishburne) about Project Goliath and how both men have used Pym Particles to grow. Black Goliath, as he was referred to in the comics, first appeared in Avengers #32 in 1966. Foster worked alongside Pym--who was going by the name Goliath--and developed his own version of the growth formula. He became a superhero and eventually changed his name to Giant Man. Sadly, Foster met his end during Civil War, when he was killed by Ragnarok, a cybernetic clone of Thor.