But he had to show up in The Avengers, right?
But Joss Whedon put his partner Wasp in the script, right?
Yeah, but then he took her out.
But Edgar Wright finally got the wheels rolling on this movie after years of work, right?
Yeah. Then he left the project.
And yet, against all the odds, they just released a trailer for the movie they apparently filmed while the paparazzi was trying to sneak onto the sets for Avengers 2. Thanks, Guardians of the Galaxy for making Marvel realize that their obscure properties could make a metric buttload of money, too.
Now let’s talk about this trailer.
|The movie that somehow got made.|
What? I always #trailerbreakdown break out into #trailerreview random #marvel hashtags when I'm trying to
|Quick, Tauriel, distract them from my blatant lies with your presence!|
|It's the little things that make me smile. (I swear, no pun intended.)|
DISCLAIMER: I am extrapolating and guessing based on material from the trailer. Take some of this with a grain of salt.
First of all, we get our first solid look at what the costume looks like in action. (Aside from the FX test and all the released images.) I’m… not a fan. I could rant forever, so I’ll keep it to two simple points.
- Too much black, not enough red. What is this, an X-Men movie?
- I don’t like that I can’t see the lower half of his face. (Though this is probably to address the nerdy question of how a shrunken man breathes regularly-sized air molecules.)
Third, I’m not a huge fan of the tone. The whole trailer has those now-standard WHOOOOOOOOOOMs that every trailer since Inception has had.
|It's a movie about a guy who rides ants. I like the character, but c'mon. It's far from "epic."|
Hank Pym: "Scott, I've been 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. I suggest you take a really close look at it. This is your chance to earn that look in your daughter's eyes. To become the hero that she already thinks you are. It's not about saving our world. It's about saving theirs. Scott. I need you to be the Ant-Man."
Just replace “Scott” with “Terry” and “Ant-Man” with “Batman,” take out the daughter stuff, and the speech fits much better for a Batman Beyond film, doesn’t it?
I like the intent, I like the themes, but it's the deadpan dramatic delivery that kind of irks me. Even the trailer itself doesn’t seem to buy the seriousness of the whole thing. Scott Lang’s response?
The story of Ant-Man, any Ant-Man, has always been a small story. No pun intended. They’ve always been personal stories. And I think that, at the very least, this trailer hits some of the correct beats drawing some parallels between Pym and Lang in respect to their respective daughters.
|Scott Lang in one picture. I'll give the trailer that much credit.|
|"Is it too late to change the joke used at the end of the trailer?"|
|Not a good sign.|
|Seriously, that stuff expired in May.|