The trailer for “Ant-Man” is out, offering fans a first glimpse of Marvel’s next stand-alone superhero movie.
The long-anticipated film sees Paul Rudd as the titular character, a reformed thief named Scott Lang and the second superhero to take the name Ant-Man.
The trailer, which debuted during the series premiere of Marvel’s “Agent Carter” on ABC Tuesday, depicts an imprisoned Lang being offered a second chance by Hank Pym (Michael Douglas), the original Ant-Man.
“Scott, I’ve watching you for a while now. You’re different. Now don’t let anyone tell you that you have nothing to offer. Second chances don’t come around all that often,” Pym tells Lang from across a table in what appears to be a police interrogation room. “I suggest you take a really close look at it.”
Pym plays to Lang’s need to redeem himself as a father to his young daughter, played by Abby Ryder Fortson (“Transparent”).
“This is your chance to earn that look in your daughter’s eyes, to become the hero that she already thinks you are,” he says. “It’s not about saving our world. It’s about saving theirs. Scott, I need you to be the Ant-Man.”
Much like many Marvel movie fans previously unfamiliar with the diminutive comic book character, Lang responds, “Huh.” Later, in a comedic moment, he asks, “Is it too late to change the name?”
Lang is enlisted to protect the secret behind the Ant-Man suit, which enables its wearer to shrink in size while enjoying increased strength — a power that is showcased in the new trailer, which sees Rudd shrinking, throwing someone through a window and flying away on the back of an insect.
The trailer also offers a peek at Evangeline Lilly as Pym’s gun-toting daughter Hope Van Dyne and Corey Stoll as Darren Cross, a former ally of Pym’s who becomes the villain known as the Yellowjacket.
The film also stars Bobby Cannavale, Michael Pena, Judy Greer, 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, 2015, two months after Marvel’s mega-sequel “Avengers: Age of Ultron” opens in theaters. Though it seems unlikely that Rudd’s character will appear in “Age of Ultron,” there is a comic book connection — in the comics, Pym is the creator of Ultron, the automaton that becomes a supervillain.
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