Right on the heels of fellow Marvel movie Black Panther‘s rapturous premiere, the first Ant-Man and the Wasp trailer has been released by Marvel Studios.
The sequel to 2015’s Ant-Man starring Paul Rudd as the titular superhero, Ant-Man and the Wasp sees Evangeline Lilly‘s Hope van Dyne finally getting the chance to step into her own super suit.
The first trailer for the film is snappy and fun, even as Scott, Hope, and Hank Pym are fugitives on the run following Scott’s defeat alongside Steve Rogers’ team in Captain America: Civil War. But now that Hope is suited up, they’re much better off. The first film already showed that Hope was smarter, faster, and a better fighter than Scott (though he’s steadily catching up), and she finally gets to prove it in a new and improved suit that boasts wings and blasters, courtesy of her doting father Hank. And although the situation seems more dire in this sequel, there are still peeks of the light-hearted whimsy that the first Ant-Man brought — the slow-motion Hello Kitty PEZ dispenser getting launched at a pursuing motorcyclist is straight up hilarious.
Ant-Man and the Wasp has been touted as the first romantic-comedy from Marvel, which would certainly make use of the film’s charming and rom-com-ready stars. Rudd and Lilly didn’t get much time to bond (onscreen) in the first heist-heavy film, but already they’re showing tons of sparks in the trailer.
But that doesn’t distract from Ant-Man and the Wasp‘s pivotal place in the Marvel Cinematic Universe. The movie will delve into the Quantum Realm, a Marvel alternate dimension accessible through magical energy, mystical transportation, or by the scientific shrinking caused by the Pym Particles. We got a glimpse of the realm in the first Ant-Man, but its sequel will follow Scott and Hope as they try to safely access the Quantum Realm. There have been plenty of hints that the Quantum Realm will play a big part in the upcoming Avengers: Infinity War as well, so it’s safe to say — more so than for the fairly isolated romp that was Ant-Man — that Ant-Man and the Wasp will be required viewing for Marvel fans.
See the first, very clever poster for Ant-Man and the Wasp below:
Ant-Man and the Wasp also stars Michael Douglas, Michael Peña, Walton Goggins, Bobby Cannavale, Judy Greer, Tip “T.I.” Harris, David Dastmalchian, Hannah John-Kamen, Abby Ryder Fortson, Randall Park, Michelle Pfeiffer, and Laurence Fishburne.
Here is the official synopsis of Ant-Man and the Wasp:
From the Marvel Cinematic Universe comes a new chapter featuring heroes with the astonishing ability to shrink: Ant-Man and The Wasp. In the aftermath of Captain America: Civil War, Scott Lang (Paul Rudd) grapples with the consequences of his choices as both a Super Hero and a father. As he struggles to rebalance his home life with his responsibilities as Ant-Man, he’s confronted by Hope van Dyne (Evangeline Lilly) and Dr. Hank Pym (Michael Douglas) with an urgent new mission. Scott must once again put on the suit and learn to fight alongside The Wasp as the team works together to uncover secrets from their past.
Ant-Man and the Wasp is set to open in theaters on July 6, 2018.