Between the awesomeness of the upcoming Avengers 2: Age of Ultron film and the recent release of Daredevil on Netflix, it’s easy to forget that there’s still one more Marvel thing planned for this summer, something that has been in the works for almost 7 years – Ant-Man. We got a small teaser a few months ago; but now we have a full-fledged trailer and it shows… potential.
Maybe my mind is still too wrapped up in the incredible Daredevil series and all the cool Avengers clips coming out; but I honestly got more exited from the Ant-Man teaser than the full trailer. At times it even seems like this trailer struggles with its balance of humor and serious – which is VERY odd for a Marvel movie. Though despite all this, there are still some pretty interesting points we can deduce from this trailer.
Meeting the Real Darren Cross/Yellowjacket:
We already knew that Darren Cross takes over Pym Technologies and is trying to use the Ant-Man tech for evil; but this trailer also showed shots of Cross in his lab with –probably – the insignia for ‘Cross Technological Enterprises’ on the doors. Whether this means that Cross rebrands Pym Technologies or assimilates it into his already existing company remains to be seen; but this little revelation does remind us – or at least me – of one very important thing: Darren Cross was never Yellowjacket in the comics.
Yellowjacket wasn’t just a good guy, but was usually Hank himself; but Cross never donned the costume to my knowledge. What he has done however is been a villain, which brings us to the next revelation of this trailer – as well as a major possible ‘twist’ plot point.
Attack on Lang’s Daughter:
Sure we might have laughed – or face-palmed at the sight of Yellowjacket getting run over by Thomas the Tank Engine; but everyone seemed to have overlooked a key point of this. They’re fighting in Scott Lang’s daughter Cassie’s room. The whole idea of heist and nothing more is too simplistic for a Marvel film. There needs to be more motivation for Lang to suit up and Cross bringing the fight to his daughter definitely brings us a motivation we haven’t seen yet – fighting to protect your daughter.
Though aside from this showing Cross as someone who fights dirty, this also could set up a famous Cross/Lang story from the comics – albeit a little differently. In the comics, Darren Cross’ son Augustine went after Cassie Lang because he wanted to use her as a heart transplant for his now deceased father – long story. What if the story is simplified and Darren Cross is going after Cassie not as revenge against Scott but rather to save his own life as well? This would certainly add that deeper ‘twist’ element to the film and could play out for some very powerful stuff.
One thing this trailer finally showed us is why he’s called ANT-Man. This isn’t just a rebranded DC’s Atom who just changes size. Ant-Man namesake ability is that he can communicate and work with with Ants. At first it looks like Ant-Man is getting swarmed by a mess of ants, but he’s actually using them as a raft. These are his allies, and the suit allows him to mentally communicate with them for any task – as we can see when he gets them to spin a coin. Is this a totally random ability? Of course, but it’s uniquely him and it’s great to see it in action.
As for Yellowjacket, his design – much like his identity – is very much different from the comics, and there is nothing wrong with that. The new Yellowjacket suit is quite menacing and its back-mounted beam cannons certainly represent its more militaristic applications. How can Ant-Man compete with Yellowjacket? Well my guess is that Lang is much more agile and adept due to his criminal background, and would be able to use the Ant-Man suit better than Cross can use the Yellowjacket suit. Perhaps in the end we’ll even see Lang acquire the Yellowjacket suit, much like how the original Ant-Man became Yellowjacket.
All in all, Ant-Man is still the underdog of 2015; but don’t think about counting it out just yet. Will it be able to top Avengers 2: Age of Ultron? Probably not, but it still can be a great movie in its own right. Ant-Man opens July 17 and will stand as the closing point of Marvel’s Phase 2 and kick off Phase 3.