Ant-Man and the Wasp: 5 best moments from the trailer


Marvel’s Ant-Man and the Wasp has the unenviable task of following up both Black Panther and Avengers: Infinity War, but the trailer shows its potential.

Lest you forget, there are actually three fully Marvel productions coming out this year: Black PantherAvengers: Infinity War … and Ant-Man and the Wasp. Not that we would have left perhaps the least exciting title for last, but we don’t determine what movies Marvel releases and what ones they make at all.

Still, that doesn’t mean that Marvel can’t pull together a really good trailer — and, for Ant-Man and the Wasp, it’s going to need all the cool trailers and marketing it needs if it wants to succeed. Apparently, it’s gotten the message. Here are our best moments from the trailer.

The Wasp runs alongside a knife

It’s really hard to not be impressed by slow-motion shots from Marvel trailers lately. Black Panther has used it to great effect as well, but Ant-Man and the Wasp tries to one-up T’Challa flipping onto a car by allowing Hope van Dyne to shrink down, dodge knives thrown at her, then casually run on the blade towards her opponent, whom she will probably punch or kick in the face or something as these movies usually do.

But using the powers of its characters to create cool shots is something Marvel’s always been good at — it’s just getting better with age at really using them effectively.

Still from Ant-Man and the Wasp trailer. Image via Marvel/Disney

A non-sexy costume!

There are probably really good, very scientific reasons for the Wasp to not have to wear a costume that reveals skin, but that hasn’t stopped female characters from having to wear them before in action or superhero movies. Even Ant-Man’s suit is pretty form-fitting. Granted, the Wasp still has a quite separated chest in her suit, but the immediate effect you take away from seeing her in action is that she’s ready for battle — blasters, wings and all.

Hello Kitty

When you can change the size of literally anything, anything can quickly become an improvised weapon. Even an Hello Kitty Pez dispenser. It’s clear Hope gets this principle — she’s also seen in the trailer shrinking, then expanding a van to flip a car in pursuit off the road. But while the van is just awesome, something like Marvel’s answer to Stranger Things‘ Eleven flipping a van with her mind, the Hello Kitty Pez dispenser is also weirdly delightful, if only because it’s an object coded as feminine (down to the pink dispenser) being used for something we don’t consider feminine at all (violence, albeit violence that’s being used to protect others).

Hank Pym has no time for Scott’s jealousy

Hank Pym effectively saying he gave his daughter the good stuff — the aforementioned wings and blasters — although he could have done the same for Scott is funny mostly because of Scott’s reaction, because the poor guy looks crushed. (Of course, the off-hand delivery from Michael Douglas is great, too.) Then again, Scott has gotten to hang out with Captain America, as the trailer ever-so-casually reminds us in the beginning. That’s probably a fair trade all around.

Rise from the waves, Scott Lang!

There’s no real context for Scott going into his giant form over a ferry, but it looks cool, and that’s probably why it’s in the trailer. Hence it being pretty low on the list.

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What were your best moments from the Ant-Man and the Wasp trailer?