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So, let's start. Superheroes are gonna be a great part of Hollywood for some years to come. And no doubt Marvel are the initiators of the process. They are well planned and they know where they are headed. And that's the best thing about MCU. While we are about to see the conclusion of MCU Phase 2 and Ant-Man is gonna be one of the key part of the conclusion (Note That Avengers: Age of Ultron is not the end of Phase 2, Ant-Man is). So, we can expect a great conclusion in form of Peyton Reed's Ant-Man.
Marvel gave fans their first full-sized look at their new superhero movie during the premiere of their TV series Agent Carter. One has to be really a comic book fan to really see through the trailer, "To Unveil The Deepest Secrets".
The trailer is pretty cool if you ask me. But there have been speculation all over that how people will react to see a superhero whose super power is to talking to ants. But for regular Marvel followers, they know how awesome the movie can be. After all THIS is the key to MCU Phase 3.
I found some Easter Eggs in the trailer after watching 9 times (Is it weird to keep counts?). These are some Easter Eggs you might have missed.
The trailer starts with a scene that is not a very Marvel-ish...well except the fan favorite GOTG, that starts with the Guardians in a jail in somewhere in space whether the jail Scott Lang (Paul Rudd) spends some time locked up, is more terran in nature. Familiar?
The second Ant-Man, Lang's story arc is that he was an electronics expert who had to turn his skills to burglary when he couldn’t get a proper job with which to support his family. During his time in jail, he studied further and eventually got a job with Stark Industries after being let out.
So, we can expect a visit by none other than our very own Robert Downey Jr in the film. And this prison might be one what MCU fans have already seen before. It looks like Seagate Prison where Iron Man 3’s Trevor Slattery ended up in the short film 'All Hail The King'. Luke cage was also locked up here once.
An Old Pym
Fans were surprised when it was announced that Paul Rudd would be playing Scott Lang as the Ant-Man NOT Hank Pym. Hank Pym portrayed by Michael Douglas would be taking an older, mentor kind of role. It is totally different from the comics where Pym is around as Ant-Man since the early days of Avengers.
It is true that Pym passed on the mantle of Ant-Man to Scott Lang, but not for long. But we're being introduced to a Hank Pym on whom age has taken its toll. Which is kind of interesting and also opens a window for an Ant-Man prequel based on Pym.
Here Pym is so old that he has a daughter (Hope Van Dyne), with his comic book wife Janet. But as you know we can say nothing for sure when comes to Marvel.
Hope Van Dyne, Evangeline Lily’s appearance in the teaser trailer was kind of surprising. After the success of Lost (Lilly had a starring role), Lilly was lost. Now she is on right track again after the roles in The Hobbit films and now another important role in Ant-Man.
According to the comics Hope is the daughter of original Ant-Man and his long suffering wife Janet Van Dyne (apparently dead). Hope has comic appearances. In an alternate universe she has a twin brother, Henry Pym who becomes the "Big Man" (are you serious?) and Hope herself becomes the "Red Queen" with the help of her parents' technologies.
The Cross Connection
Like other superhero films we are looking forward to the villain of this film. Apparently Corey Stoll is gonna take up the role of villainous Darren Cross. And it seems from the trailer, Cross is in control of Pym's company after a possible hostile take over.
As per comics, he is the owner of Cross Technological Enterprises (Cross Tech or CTE). Which is the competitor of other companies like Stark Industries and Oscorp for creating ultra high-end technology and in making lots and lots of money. Cross had a bad heart and in an failed attempt at a high-tech pacemaker lead him to constantly having to 'replace' his heart (getting them by less than legal means).
That can be the reason that brought Lang's Ant-Man against Cross, hoping he would find a way to help his daughter.
Then Comes The Ants
When we are talking about Ant-Man we can not overlook the ANTs. But there are few actual ants in the trailer (Look closely and you might see them). The fact is size-changing is a big part of Ant-Man's abilities but is not the only one.
You see the helmet Rudd is wearing (kind of goofy if you ask me), that's not for just for show. The helmet allows him to communicate with ants, this may not sound interesting but we just saw how cool it can be. Rudd riding on the back of a flying black ant was total BADASS!!
There are other uses of that helmet too. In the comics we can see swarms of bugs are being called upon by the help of the helmet to dispatch enemies. And that is so cool. Hank where ever you are, can I please have one of those helmets?
The Cassie Lang Factor
The big emotional factor of Ant-Man is gonna be Scott's relationship with his daughter, Cassie Lang. Scott is seen gazing at her adoringly several times. Maybe suggesting that she is ill and bed bound. As it can be seen in the comics (but trust me she will be fine).
Scott becomes Ant-Man in the comics to try and save his daughter. We can see a similar motivation here (Pym even says, "it’s not about saving our world; it’s about saving theirs,” probably talking about each of their daughters).
In comics she suffered from a congenital heart defect that was only cured by the help of some Pym technology. Marvel here can be sowing seeds for their future movies. Because in her teens Cassie joined the Young Avengers and became Stature.
“Is It Too Late To Change The Name?”
One of the things that has got the audience a little more sceptical about this film is the Name. "Ant-Man"? Are you kidding me? We can see some comedic attack on the name by Paul Rudd in a somber tone, asking Michael Douglas “is it too late to change the name?”
Hank Pym loves code names. He uses these names to accompany his new powers. Like he started as Ant-Man but has since been Giant-Man, Goliath, Yellowjacket, Scientist Supreme, and even Wasp for a spell. We may just see one of these names in the film.
And now last but not the least....
The Pym Particles
The ultimate revelation in the trailer is so miniscule that it can be easily missed even after fourth or fifth time watching the trailer. It’s tucked away on a computer screen, off towards the far corner of the frame, for a fraction of a few seconds. Douglas is seen surrounded by computer screens. It can begin a new era in MCU.
On that screen were "Pym Particles". Perhaps one of the biggest discoveries made in Marvel comics. Early on his career, Pym discovered the subatomic particles that enable mass to be shunted or gained from an alternate dimension, thereby changing the size of himself or other beings or objects. That allowed him to create a size-altering that he used as Ant-Man, Goliath, Giant-Man etc.
And their appearance in the film can mean big thing in MCU. For example in comics, Pym Particles have been used by Spider-Man, Hawkeye, Beast and various other superheroes as well as super-villains for various purposes. The can bring a whole new era with them.
Hope you enjoyed the article. And if you have found some other Easter eggs in the trailer please let me know in the comments.