Marvel Studios just dropped a brand new trailer for Ant-Man and the Wasp in case you weren’t aware. As we devour the trailer, viewing it on repeat mode, we’ll be able to glean more info on what the trailer and movie have to offer. To that end, here’s a list of five things we learned from the trailer.
Bill Foster / Goliath / Two Giant-Men
Undoubtedly the most interesting revelation from the trailer comes at the very end. We see Lawrence Fishburne’s Bill Foster, mentioning his collaboration with Hank Pym on a Giant-Man project called Goliath. He and Lang then compare the sizes of their respective Giant-Men (21 feet v/s 65 feet respectively) which makes for a hilarious conversation with double entendre.
In terms of plot, this most likely implies Pym wasn’t the only one with access to the tech; Foster knew about the tech and in his experiments, he even transformed into the Giant-Man called Goliath. While the character has traditionally been a hero in the comics, fighting side-by-side with Ant-Man, we’re unsure if Marvel intends to keep it that way for the movie as well. Either ways, we can probably expect to see two Giant-Men on the big screen when Ant-Man and the Wasp arrives in theaters.
Ghost & Her Powers
We finally get a first look at the movie’s antagonist Ghost and what her powers comprise of. From the little that the trailer offers, it appears she manages to steal Pym’s tech while Pym is in the Quantum Realm, presumably looking for his wife Janet. Her powers allow her to literally act like a ghost, giving her the ability to pass through walls and objects. Think Vision, but with lighter density.
In the comics, Ghost has traditionally been a male with murky origins. He worked as an IT programmer, developing a Ghost program that made his company billions. Exhausted from working and with little to no credit received, he quit his job and met a woman who he fell in love with and married. The said woman died in an explosion in his apartment, driving Ghost crazy. He immersed himself in experimenting with the conscious mind and interconnecting it with flux processors. Another explosion rockets his apartment but he is somehow able to survive through his conscious being infused with the processors, giving him his unnatural abilities.
Luis, Kurt & Dave
The hilarious trio of Luis, Kurt and Dave seem to have formed some sort of quasi-detective organization when Hank Pym approaches them to partake in his mission. Either that, or it’s just a charade the trio put up to impress Pym. It’s unclear what their angle is but it’s good to see them back together assisting the other trio of Hank, Hope and Scott in their mission. Also, it appears Luis will shrink down when inside a van in one of their missions (wonder how that works), thus getting a scary idea of what the world looks like from down there.
Cassie Lang’s Transformation
At the beginning of the trailer, Scott Lang’s daughter Cassie Lang chats with her father about his adventures as Ant-Man, and even expresses a desire to emulate him by stating, “I wish I could fight bad guys like you”. This is a direct nod to the comics in which Cassie grows up and becomes a superhero in her own right.
Moreover, this line might have even been put in intentionally. A few days back, we learned that Marvel had cast a teenage actress Emma Fuhrmann to play Cassie Lang, presumably in the forthcoming Avengers 4. This suggests we could be privy to a future in which Cassie is decked up as the superhero Stature or Stinger, depending on which version of the comics Marvel chooses to adapt.
It was no secret that Evangeline Lily’s Hope Van Dyne was the better candidate to don the suit in Ant-Man. Likewise then, it comes as no surprise that her character is a pure bad-ass in the movie. While the first trailer hinted at it strongly, the second trailer displays her viciousness in full glory, to the extent that it almost makes Scott Lang come across like a goofball in dire need of a partner. Also, she clearly seems to be leading the mission Pym has assigned them, who’s a lot more open to that idea in this movie. It’s probably Lily’s strong presence in the movie that compelled Marvel to change the gender of Ghost to a female to allow for a more formidable fight between the two females.
Sadly of course, there are a few things we didn’t learn from the trailer which include:
Where were Ant-Man and the Wasp in Avengers: Infinity War
We still have no idea as to where exactly the duo were during the events of that movie. And while a short teaser released yesterday gave us hope we’d find something, it turns out this trailer has no mention whatsoever of the events of that movie. Also, looking at the state of the world, it seems all but certain that this movie is set before the events of Infinity War with the final few moments somehow leading these characters into that conflict.
It appears the filmmakers are keeping Michelle Pfeiffer’s character of Janet Van Dyne a secret surprise for the movie’s audience. There’s no mention of her in the movie despite confirmation of her being cast. That’s typical Marvel for you, always wanting to preserve a few surprises. And now that Captain America Civil War spoiled the Giant-Man surprise, we’re seeing an abundance of it in the trailers.
What are the things you spotted in the trailer that we missed? Quantum Realm? Shrinking Tech? Share your thoughts in the comments below.
Ant-Man and the Wasp releases in theaters on July 6, 2018.