Ant-Man, Paul Rudd

On the heels of last week’s ant-sized and human-sized trailer teasers, Marvel has provided a double-whammy of the first poster and teaser trailer for Ant-Man.

The poster (below) doesn’t reveal much but continues the tongue-in-cheek humor from the ant-sized teaser. However, the cover of this Friday’s Entertainment Weekly provides a bird’s-eye view – or more of a Honey, I Shrunk The Kids view, if you will. The trailer (below), on the other hand, has a different sense of humor.

While it doesn’t quite have the same kick as the first trailer for Marvel’s other big risk (Guardians of the Galaxy), it introduces the roguish but well-intentioned Scott Lang (Paul Rudd) as he’s recruited to be the Ant-Man. The other characters glimpsed in the film (Evangeline Lilly as Hope Van Dyne, Michael Douglas as Hank Pym, Corey Stoll as Darren Cross, and Michael Peña as a yet-unnamed character) merely set the scenes. Considering everything the film has been through since Edgar Wright and Joe Cornish started on the script and since Edgar Wright left the project last Memorial Day weekend, I’m pleasantly surprised with how good the first trailer looks – even if it hews to the everyman-becomes-a-superhero trope. It’s not the worst first trailer, but it’s good enough to start combating the criticism and discussion that’s been brewing since last summer. And it’s Marvel, so fans of the franchise are bound to turn out to see it.

Ant-Man poster

Ant-Man hits theaters on July 17, a mere two-and-a-half months after Avengers: Age of Ultron, with Peyton Reed at the helm. Adam McKay and Rudd touched up the script from Wright and Cornish enough to get screenplay credits while Wright and Cornish are credited with the story. Also included in the cast are David Dastmalchian, T.I., Bobby Canavale, Martin Donovan, Judy Greer, Hayley Atwell, and John Slattery.

Ant-Man costume

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