This first look at Ant-Man and The Wasp, coyly teased on last night’s Black Panther red carpet premiere, deals with the FBI-related fallout from Scott Lang’s (Paul Rudd) actions in Captain America: Civil War, as well as new opportunities for heroics and villain-busting. Hope van Dyne (Evangeline Lilly) finally suits up as The Wasp and gets to show off her wings and “stingers” in two brief fight scenes (long-awaited, given the tag at the end of Ant-Man), and the Pym/van Dyne family has some fun with shrinking and enlarging hijinks – namely Hank (Michael Douglas) shrinking his office building/workspace to wheelie-suitcase size. One thing I WOULD like, in regards to this, is a little more vibrancy in the costume color. The yellow on the Wasp suit doesn’t pop, and given the costume inspiration from the comics, I’d like a little more or brighter yellow.
The trailer also provides glimpses of the returning Luis (Michael Peña), former Pym associate Dr. Bill Foster (Laurence Fishburne), and potential anti-hero Ghost (Hannah John-Kamen), but no sign of likely antagonist Sonny Burch (Walton Goggins). And given the brief Microverse appearance, there’s a voyage to retrieve Janet van Dyne (Michelle Pfeiffer). How all of this comes together plot-wise is anyone’s guess at this point, but I’m willing to bet dollars to doughnuts that Burch and Ghost are out for Pym’s tech, much like Darren Cross (Corey Stoll) in the first Ant-Man film. And there’s the question of how much time has passed between the events of Civil War and Ant-Man and The Wasp, given that the former was released two years ago (and a year after introducing Ant-Man to the MCU).
Ant-Man and The Wasp hits theaters on July 6, 2018 with Peyton Reed back in the director’s chair working off a script from Spider-Man: Homecoming & Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle writers Chris McKenna and Erik Sommers, Paul Rudd, and Haunt writers Andrew Barrer & Gabriel Ferrari.