After years of development (really, almost a decade) Ant-Man will finally be released in theaters on July 17, 2015. There has always been a question of how Ant-Man will work on screen? Did we really need an Ant-Man movie? While the real answers to those questions will be seen with the film; a brand new trailer has just been released and I believe it will calm a lot of the fears fans have been having over the past year.
Official trailer from Marvel:
Its strange, the bare bones “superhero” story seems to be as generic as possible. A mentor figure trains a troubled individual into a life of redemption. Along the way a villain figure gains similar powers and they fight. Iron Man’s villain was another guy in a metal suit. The Incredible Hulk’s villian was another Hulk-like being. Thor’s villain was another asgardian god. Now with Ant-Man, the villain is to be another bug themed (Yellowjacket) person in a shrinking suit.
This aspect of the film does not excite me at all. What I am looking forward to is a film that breaks away from the superhero mold by injecting some much needed fun and much appreciated comedy. Though Edgar Wright and Joe Cornish will have a story credit (from their years of developing the script), it is not really well known but Adam McKay (Anchorman, Step Brothers, The Other Guys) and Paul Rudd wrote the screenplay for Ant-Man. This is a huge point that should not be missed. Any other project with those two names on it and you would think it was a Judd Apatow movie. Here, we have two Marvel fans who have grown into comedians and they have been given a chance to go back to their nerdy roots.
The humor we see in the trailer is really promising. Whether it be the conversation about “breaking into a place and stealing stuff” or the “big” finale of the trailer. The fact that they are willing to poke fun at the ridiculous nature of Ant-Man in the film is going to be fine with me. Guardians of the Galaxy made fun of themselves in the marketing and Ant-Man looks to be doing the same. By poking fun at the superhero’s name or the idea that shrinking is one of his powers does alot. There are a lot of sceptical audience members, by poking fun at themselves it tells the audience that they are in on the joke and it is ok to laugh as well.
That being said, I hope the movie is not filled with line after line making fun of the name Ant-Man. Soon it will just become degrading if they don’t accept the name and own it. There are other things to discuss about the trailer but I just wanted to draw attention to the humor on display here. I also like Corey Stoll (of House of Cards fame) playing the villain and the action on display. The action of someone growing and shrinking can be very thrilling and look great cinematically. My first experience at understanding how Ant-Man works was when the test footage Edgar Wright shot was released.
Whether it be the pre-production completed by Wright, the humorous screenplay by McKay and Rudd or the stellar track record of Marvel Studios, we’ve got something special on our hands with Ant-Man. The film is directed by Peyton Reed and will be released on July 17, 2015.
The next evolution of the Marvel Cinematic Universe brings a founding member of The Avengers to the big screen for the first time with Marvel Studios’ “Ant-Man.” Armed with the astonishing ability to shrink in scale but increase in strength, master thief Scott Lang must embrace his inner-hero and help his mentor, Dr. Hank Pym, protect the secret behind his spectacular Ant-Man suit from a new generation of towering threats. Against seemingly insurmountable obstacles, Pym and Lang must plan and pull off a heist that will save the world.
Marvel’s “Ant-Man” stars Paul Rudd as Scott Lang aka Ant-Man, Evangeline Lilly as Hope Van Dyne, Corey Stoll as Darren Cross aka Yellowjacket, Bobby Cannavale as Paxton, Michael Peña as Luis, Judy Greer as Maggie, Tip “Ti” Harris as Dave, David Dastmalchian as Kurt, Wood Harris as Gale, Jordi Mollà as Castillo and Michael Douglas as Hank Pym. Directed by Peyton Reed and produced by Kevin Feige, Marvel’s “Ant-Man” delivers a high-stakes, tension-filled adventure on July 17, 2015.
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