The 1 Important Character You May Have Missed in the New ‘Ant-Man and the Wasp’ Trailer
Superhero movie fans are still recovering from Avengers: Infinity War, but already they have another film to look forward to: Ant-Man and the Wasp.
Marvel Studios dropped a new trailer for this sequel on May 1, and it gives us a much better sense of the film’s plot. In a blink-and-you-miss-it moment, the trailer also teases the return of one character fans are dying to see in action (page 6).
Here’s a look at what we learned from the new Ant-Man and the Wasp trailer.
1. The trailer features no connection to Infinity War, as the movie takes place before
Despite the fact that this trailer came out a few days after Infinity War opened, there’s no acknowledgment at all that the events of that movie occurred. That’s because this actually takes place between Captain America: Civil War and Infinity War. We’ll see Scott Lang under house arrest in the film, as mentioned in Infinity War.
It does seem fairly likely that the movie will end up having some Infinity War tie-in, though. A recent Marvel video implied that the film would show us what Ant-Man was up to during Infinity War. So by the end of the movie, we’ll likely see where Scott and Hope were during Thanos’ attack, if only during the post-credits scene.
The Russo Brothers have also said that there is a connection between Infinity War and Ant-Man and the Wasp, saying there are “some elements that stitch in.”
Next: The trailer teases this important element of the movie.
2. It involves a journey into the Quantum Realm
The new trailer confirms an aspect of Ant-Man and the Wasp‘s plot that fans already suspected: It will involve a journey into the Quantum Realm.
You’ll recall that the original Ant-Man introduced this concept of a dimension that a person enters after they have shrunk down so far that they exist outside of time and space. Hank Pym’s wife, Janet Van Dyne, has been missing in the Quantum Realm for 30 years.
Hank did not think it was possible to return from the Quantum Realm, but at the end of Ant-Man, Scott Lang did so. So it makes sense that the sequel would involve an attempt to rescue Janet.
Next: The trailer suggests that this is how Hank will attempt to rescue his wife.
3. Hank Pym builds some sort of ship to travel into this realm
It appears that Hank Pym in this sequel builds some sort of ship that will allow for a journey into the Quantum Realm. In the trailer, we see this ship in a lab, and then we see the ship traveling through the Quantum Realm.
We actually saw this in the previous trailer as well, and in that one, the ship was right next to a giant Duracell battery. This suggested that the ship is tiny, so this is likely a new vehicle Hank has developed that shrinks and allows its passengers to exit and enter the Quantum Realm.
In the trailer, we can see Hank sitting in this shuttle, so he may journey into the Quantum Realm himself and not just send Scott and Hope.
Next: How the villain in the film gets involved in all of this.
4. This seems to lead to the villain, Ghost, getting her hands on Pym tech
The main plot of this movie, though, concerns a villain named Ghost. In the comics, this is a sort of anti-capitalist character who wears a battlesuit and is able to turn intangible and go through walls.
In the trailer, we see Hank Pym speaking with Luis, who suggests that Hank opening up the Quantum Realm allowed for Ghost to steal his tech.
So it’s possible that the initial journey into the Quantum Realm happens early on in the movie, and this sets the plot into motion, with the film then focusing on the characters trying to stop Ghost.
Next: We see this character appear in a blink-and-you-miss-it moment.
5. Janet Van Dyne seems to fly past Scott in the Quantum Realm
Even though the characters in this film have a shuttle that allows them to travel into the Quantum Realm, there’s still a shot in this trailer where we see Scott Lang floating in there like he did at the end of the original Ant-Man.
During this scene, we can actually see something flying by Scott. It goes by incredibly quickly, but if we pause the scene, we can sort of make out wings. This has got to be Janet flying by Scott while he’s in the Quantum Realm.
It could even be a flashback to the events of the original Ant-Man. After all, when Scott was trapped in the Quantum Realm at the end of that film, we could briefly make out Janet in the reflection of his helmet. So this could be a flashback in Ant-Man and the Wasp showing that Janet was there when Scott last shrunk down.
Next: Another blink-and-you-miss-it moment suggests we’ll see Janet in action.
6. We can also briefly see Janet fighting in the original Wasp suit
Near the end of the trailer, there’s a moment when Ant-Man throws a guy into the air and The Wasp tackles him to the ground. But it goes by so quickly that you probably missed the fact that this appears to be Janet Van Dyne in the scene, not Hope Pym.
After all, the Wasp suit that we see here is not the one that Hope wears in the movie but rather the original red one that we saw Janet wear in a flashback in the original Ant-Man.
Next: Yet another blink-and-you-miss-it moment from that same scene.
7. Hank is also fighting with Janet, so this is probably a flashback
There’s another juicy aspect of that same scene that you also may have missed: that doesn’t seem to be Scott Lang in the Ant-Man suit, either.
After all, Scott Lang has a slightly redesigned Ant-Man suit for Ant-Man and the Wasp, but the one we see in this scene is the old version.
So the fact that we see the old Ant-Man suit and the old Wasp suit here suggests that this is actually a flashback to when Hank and Janet worked together.
Next: Our first look at Janet Van Dyne without the helmet on.
8. Michelle Pfeiffer plays Janet, and she’s featured on the poster
Janet must have a pretty decently sized role in the movie, and we’re definitely going to see her out of the suit. After all, Michelle Pfeiffer is playing Janet. You don’t cast an actress as good as Pfeiffer if you don’t plan to use her, so this suggests that the characters’ mission to rescue Janet will be successful.
Paul Rudd has also said that it was great working with Pfeiffer, so her scenes are obviously not just flashbacks. Although we haven’t seen any of Pfeiffer in the Ant-Man and the Wasp trailers, we did recently get our first look at her in the film when Marvel released the official poster. She is as prominent on the poster as Michael Douglas.
Next: This could be the connection between Janet and Ghost.
9. Could Janet have developed the technology that Ghost uses?
We’ve been talking about two separate storylines in this film: the journey into the Quantum Realm to rescue Janet, and Ghost’s evil plot to use Pym technology for some nefarious purpose. How do these two connect?
Well, we know that Ghost gets her hands on Pym technology. So some fans have a theory that it will be revealed that it was Janet who developed the ability to become intangible, as Ghost will do in the movie. She may have developed it herself, or she may have developed it with Hank.
She also may have also developed it with Bill Foster, Laurence Fishburne’s character, who we see Hank, Scott and Hope meeting with at the end of the new trailer. Perhaps they go to him with some questions about the tech he developed with Janet.
Regardless, this would be a logical way to have Janet tied up in the movie’s broader story.
Next: How this film could secretly set up Avengers 4.
10. Will the movie set up Avengers 4 in a key way?
With all this talk of the Quantum Realm, it’s worth mentioning a prominent theory about how this film could actually set up Avengers 4.
We know Ant-Man and the Wasp is going to focus largely on the Quantum Realm, which is another dimension that exists in a vast multiverse, as established by Doctor Strange. Meanwhile, we know based on leaked set photos that at some point in Avengers 4, Ant-Man is at the Battle of New York with the Avengers wearing some sort of device on his wrist.
This has led to the theory that in Ant-Man and the Wasp, the characters will discover that the Quantum Realm allows them to travel into other dimensions. This will then come in handy during Avengers 4, when Ant-Man can help the Avengers travel to other dimensions to assemble an Infinity Gauntlet of their own, which they can use to defeat Thanos and reverse his actions.
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