A new trailer for Marvel’s upcoming superhero flick “Ant-Man” sees its diminutive hero battle the villainous Yellowjacket, and Yellowjacket face off against a less nefarious foe — Thomas the Tank Engine.
The trailer, released Monday morning, shows Paul Rudd as the titular character, a thief named Scott Lang and the second superhero to take the name Ant-Man. An imprisoned Lang is offered a second chance by Hank Pym (Michael Douglas), the original Ant-Man.
Lang is enlisted to protect the secret behind the Ant-Man suit, which enables its wearer to shrink in size while enjoying increased strength.
“Scott, I’ve been watching you for a while,” Pym tells Lang in the trailer. “You’re different. I believe everyone deserves a shot at redemption. Do you?”
“Absolutely,” Lang responds. “My days of breaking into places and stealing stuff are over. What do you want me to do?”
“I want you to break into a place and steal some stuff.”
The comedic tone continues throughout the trailer when Pym’s daughter Hope Van Dyne (Evangeline Lilly) lands a punch on Lang’s face; Lang tells Darren Cross (Corey Stoll), a former ally of Pym’s who becomes the villain known as the Yellowjacket, that the name “Ant-Man” wasn’t his idea; and the pair face off on the train tracks — that is, a child’s Thomas the Tank Engine train set.
The film also stars Bobby Cannavale, Michael Pena, Judy Greer, Abby Ryder Fortson, David Dastmalchian, Wood Harris, John Slattery, Gregg Turkington and T.I.
“Ant-Man” is directed by Peyton Reed, whose previous credits include “Bring It On” and “The Break-Up.” Original “Ant-Man” director Edgar Wright abruptly departed the project last May after he’d steered it toward the screen for years. In a statement, Marvel and Wright insisted that the split was amicable and related to creative differences.
“Ant-Man” is set for release on July 17, not long after Marvel’s mega-sequel “Avengers: Age of Ultron” opens in theaters May 1. There is a comic book connection between the characters in the two films; in the comics, Pym is the creator of Ultron, the automaton that becomes a supervillain, but Ultron’s origins are different in the film.
– Noelene Clark | @NoeleneClark
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