Wednesday, January 07, 2015

Ant-Man Promises Big Things For Little Hero

After the spectacular success of Guardians of the Galaxy last summer, Marvel Studios has very little left to prove. Nonetheless, they'll have another chance to test their box office Midas Touch with next July's release of Ant-Man, which closes out the Disney shingle's "Phase 2" following May's Avengers: Age of Ultron. As I first discussed here, Ant-Man stars Paul Rudd and Michael Douglas as Scott Lang and Hank Pym, different incarnations of the shrinking hero whose technological accoutrements allow him telepathic control over insects, the superhero flick began development as far back as 2003 under the auspices of director Edgar Wright.

However, when his unique vision clashed with the unified whole that is the Marvel Cinematic Universe, Wright bailed and Peyton Reed (Bring It On) stepped up to the plate. While such behind-the-scenes musical chairs would normally be a red flag, especially for a project/character with as little cultural cache as this, I think Marvel's earned enough rope after the last seven years that we can trust them to do know what they're doing. Watch the first trailer below, which debuted last night during the ABC premiere of Marvel's new Agent Carter series, and tell me what you think.

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