Ant-Man and the Wasp trailer deep dive: To the Quantum Realm and beyond
"I wish I could fight bad guys like you!"
What were Scott Lang (Paul Rudd) and Hope van Dyne (Evangeline Lilly) doing while the rest of the Avengers were fighting Thanos in Avengers: Infinity War? We'll find that out when Ant-Man and the Wasp hits theaters this July 6, but the latest trailer, which dropped Tuesday, gives more clues to some of our most burning questions. The preview begins with Scott sitting down with his daughter, Cassie. You may recall that brief line from Infinity War that stated Scott, like Hawkeye, had made deals with the U.S. government after the events of Captain America: Civil War in order to be with their families. "I wish I could fight bad guys like you," Cassie tells her super-dad. Maybe one day, little one. Cassie, after all, grows up to become Ant-Girl in the comics.
Scooting after the bad guys
Scott no longer needs those orange slices every time he powers up to Giant-Man mode. Unlike some of the other Marvel heroes, this reformed thief has a lot more fun when he's fighting criminals. When it seems the bad guys are gonna get away, he turns a truck into his own makeshift scooter and skates after them. Of course, stopping is much more difficult than starting.
A wild Walton (Goggins) appears in the Ant-Man and the Wasp trailer as Sonny Burch. In the comics, this guy is the head of Cross Technologies, which you might remember as the old company of Darren Cross (Corey Stoll). He also happens to be an old associate of Obadiah Stane, who was played on screen by Jeff Bridges in 2008's Iron Man. Here he's seen attempting to flee the scene with that building Hank Pym (Michael Douglas) shrunk down in the film's first trailer. An entire building's worth of secrets and technology all in one convenient roller suitcase.
A grand entrance
As the one who trained Scott in combat, Hope is a more skilled and agile fighter — and it shows as she pops in to say hello to a van filled with bad guys.
Piecing together the scene
In the background of this shot, we see the kitchen where Wasp has a scuffle with some goons — the same goons spotted riding in the getaway car with Sonny. The question is, who's that man seated in the red tie? Sonny? He does seem to love his ties.
Luis is back and he's a little more reformed, it seems, but still with that same sense of humor. Here's hoping for more of his recaps.
As Lilly explained to EW, Hope's main mission in Ant-Man and the Wasp is rescuing her mother, Janet van Dyne (Michelle Pfeiffer), from the Quantum Realm. In a brief flashback from the first film, Janet went subatomic to stop a missile but became trapped in this other dimension. This seems to be Hank's vehicle to traverse it. “Scott entered the Quantum Realm in the first film and came back, which is something they thought was impossible,” Lilly said. “The question has arisen, ‘Can Janet come back?’"
Well, someone was able to make it to the Quantum Realm. Although, this doesn't look like the Quantum Realm we saw in Ant-Man. This also has solid ground, whereas Scott was trapped floating into nothingness in the first movie. However, that is the transport vehicle Hank has been tooling with. Could this just be another part of the Quantum Realm?
Hannah John-Kamen plays the new Ant-Man villain, Ghost, someone who stole Pym technology and gained the ability to phase through solid objects — which director Peyton Reed teased comes with a variety of tricks. She can walk through walls and make easy work of Scott. "Now she wants to take over the world or whatever," Luis said. According to Reed, "She has all sorts of strange versions of that phasing power — it proves quite difficult for Ant-Man and Wasp to deal with."
That explosive energy looks like the same effects used for Quantum Realm travel and Ghost's abilities. Experiment gone wrong, perhaps?
The Avengers are still dealing with the fallout of Captain America: Civil War, which saw the introduction of the Sokovia Accords, requiring a green light from a United Nations panel for any superheroics. Hank and Hope are seen here getting swarmed by armed men. Uh oh, what did they do now?
"Who would've believed that, in your hour of need, you would turn to us?"
The gang's back together
T.I. and David Dastmalchian are also back as Dave and Kurt, working alongside Luis. Note their new organization is called X-CON. Get it? They're all a bunch of ex cons. Since Luis is seen later riding in the car with Scott and Hope, we're gonna take a guess and say Hank needs their help with stealing back some stolen items? Maybe the shrunken building Sonny took, or the gear Ghost snatched.
Flying into action
Another cool shot of Wasp getting in on the action. In the same hotel we saw earlier, she smashes a guy through to the kitchen in the background — where the real action begins.
Hope is also quicker on her feet. Her ability to improv is her strength, as she uses a stovetop pan as a weapon. Her stingers, which fire quick energy blasts, are also able to shoot her size-altering tech. Watch out for the salt!
Giant ant playing the drums aside, the trailer features another great Marvel musical selection. The significance of Rob Base and DJ E-Z Rock's "It Takes Two" is pretty obvious.
Mine! Mine! Mine!
Looks like Scott will be losing yet another flying mount. After Darren shot Ant-ony to oblivion, his ant succesor will have seagulls to worry about.
It's unclear where exactly Scott is right now, but it seems like he's in another dimension as a white blur streaks across the screen. If you pause it just right, you can see an outline of wings in the light. Perhaps this is part of their hunt to save Janet. The color change suggests this isn't the same dimension as the one spotted earlier in the trailer and it's more reminiscent of the Quantum Realm we glimpsed in Ant-Man and Doctor Strange.
Here's a glimpse of how our two titular heroes fight alongside each other as Ghost enters their turf. Another guess here, maybe this room — which looks to house Hank's Quantum Realm-leaping vehicle — is part of the building Hank shrinks and keeps with him at all times.
Real estate boom
The problem with transporting shrunken cargo is keeping it shrunk.
Like Chef Louis trying to hit Sebastian the Crab in The Little Mermaid, Wasp is finding that certain issues arise when you pop up in a kitchen looking like a small bug.
These suits are not the same suits worn by Scott and Hope. Based on the design of Ant-Man's helmet, the red of Wasp's suit, and the uniform of their attacker, I'd say this is a flashback to when the original Ant-Man (Hank) and Wasp (Janet) were doing their thing.
It's unclear whether or not Ghost is working with Sonny, but she does pop in to complicate a car chase for our heroes. Luckily, the Pym particles can now be used to shrink their entire vehicle when necessary.
Laurence Fishburne plays an old colleague of Hank's named Dr. Bill Foster, who mentions to the incognito, black-hatted Scott and Hope that he worked with Hank on Project Goliath. This is a nod to Bill's comic book roots. On the page, he was known as Black Goliath, another size-altering character. Here, Bill and Scott are comparing how big they each were able to grow — which Hope isn't having.
More ferry trouble
First Spider-Man split the Staten Island Ferry in two trying to stop Vulture in Homecoming, now Ant-Man is terrorizing another boat in order to take back the shrunken building from a freightened Sonny.