Two weeks ago, the internet blew up with newly released trailers from some of the biggest blockbusters coming out later this year. Some really impressed like the new Star Wars teaser that pleased both new and old fans of the franchise. Some were really underwhelming like the new Terminator trailer where people felt like they were beating a dead horse with this franchise and also revealed too much about the plot. And then there was the Ant-Man trailer where people are mostly just “meh” about and I really don’t understand why this is. If you haven’t seen it then watch it right here and continue reading afterwards.
While the first teaser for Ant-Man didn’t really win fans over with it’s generic trailer cliches of voiceover, little explanation of the plot and characters and boring looking visuals, this recent trailer officially took that into a 180. This new trailer not only shows that Marvel has not just given up on this movie, but they are actually putting true effort into the main character and the humor of the plot. From this trailer, we learn that Scott Lang (Paul Rudd) is a reformed professional criminal who is recruited by an elderly Hank Pym (Micheal Douglas) to break in and steal some valuable technology from Darren Cross (Corey Stoll), the movie’s antagonist. Scott must do this so before Darren can use tech to create an army of super soldiers for a sinister purpose.
While the trailer doesn’t really boast anything spectacular about the movie’s villain or story, the trailer really shows off how likable our main cast of heroes are gonna be; particularly Scott and Hope Van Dyne (Evangeline Lilly) the way that Hope talks Scott through his powers and how they spar with her comically punching him in the nose showing him how to punch. The trailer also shows off some pretty impressive effects with Ant-Man taking out a group of guard by shrinking down and narrowly dodging a bullet. The design of the villain’s suit is also very impressive with his shoulder lasers, bright yellow look and his ability to shrink is pretty cool too and can offer some really cool fight scenes with our protagonist.
Although, one of the biggest complaints I keep hearing about this movie is that Ant-Man is too ridiculous to make a movie around or that it’s only Ant-Man and who gives a crap. I don’t this because this movie is being released after Thor and Captain America who had always been silly comic book characters back in the day and the movies were still able to bring them justice and make them really badass. Let’s also not forget about the fact that people also said the exact same thing about the highest grossing Marvel movie to date, Guardians of the Galaxy. You know, that movie where two of your main characters were a talking raccoon and a talking tree who can only say one sentence.
So, why is Ant-Man now considered too silly for a movie adaptation when Marvel has clearly proven with Thor, Captain America, Rocket Raccoon, Groot and Daredevil that they can pretty much give any character justice. As for the people who question why we should care about Ant-Man as a stand-alone movie, it’s because it’s another addition to the Marvel Cinematic Universe. What Marvel has done with the MCU is something that comic geeks only dreamed about when I was a kid. While the MCU doesn’t always professionally stick to the source material, Age of Ultron and Ant-Man are pretty guilty of this, Marvel Studios has still brought something to big screen and small screen that we never thought could be possible.
So, to everyone who is constantly asking “Why should we care about Ant-Man, why does this movie exist”, I gotta ask: How can you not be. How can anybody who loves the MCU not be excited for another extension to the universe and to have another beloved superhero join the ranks of the other greats like Iron Man, Hulk, and Thor and just work off each other and save the day together like we have always dreamed about seeing on the big screen. Any true comic book fan or fans of just the movies should want to see this movie as much as me.