In a week of big trailer releases, such as Star Wars and Terminator Genysis, it’s easy to see why Ant-Man might get lost in the shuffle. To be honest, the film hasn’t done a lot of favours for itself. The behind-the-scenes troubles with the film have been well documented. From Director Edgar Wright’s departure (The Cornetto Trilogy and Scott Pilgrim vs. the World), bad press has dominated this film. The fact that the director that was chosen to replace him was Peyton Reed did little to satiate a worried fan base.
Edgar Wright and Peyton Reed
As a final nail in the coffin, the first trailer that was shown to us portrayed the film as very dark and depressing. This tone seemed to jar with a character such as Ant-Man.
The First Ant-Man Trailer
That being said, it wasn’t as if this first trailer was devoid of any positive elements. The idea of two generations of Ant-Men, in the form of Hank Pym (Michael Douglas) and Scott Lang (Paul Rudd) is an interesting concept and a fun way to pay tribute to the long history of Ant-Man (There are 3 Ant-Men at this moment in time in the comics).
The Three Ant-Men: Hank Pym, Scott Lang and Eric O’Grady
As well as this, playing up the single father aspect of Scott Lang’s character, through the character of Cassie, is a unique detail to differentiate him from the many other superheroes of both the Marvel and DC Cinematic Universes.
Scott and Cassie Lang
With all of this being said, I was thoroughly surprised by how much I enjoyed Ant-Man’s second trailer that debuted this week. The trailer resolved many of the problems that I had with the first trailer, while still feeling like a natural progression. This trailers adds a solid dose of humour throughout it, particularly from Paul Rudd. The dour tone still remains in some capacity, but this seems to be emanating from Michael Douglas. The film seems to be presenting Douglas as the straight man and Rudd as the outsider, disbelieving of the insanity of the world he has just entered. This is a clever way for the movie to have its cake and eat it too.
This trailer also gives us our first solid look at the action of Ant-Man, and it presents a fascinating sight. It shows us the damage that our pint-sized hero can create, but also frequently reminds us of the small scope of the set pieces (Which leads to a humorous moment near the end of the trailer).
In conclusion, I don’t think this film will eclipse it’s older brother, Avengers: Age of Ultron, nor will it be the best film of the summer. However, I feel that this trailer does a lot to assuage a nervous viewing public and give us hope that the little guy can still deliver a solid movie-going experience.
New Ant-Man Trailer
Written by James Campbell