"We were just tiny!"
The new trailer for Marvel's Ant-Man and the Wasp is here. And because it's one of the two Marvel Cinematic Universe films premiering between Avengers: Infinity War and Avengers 4, it's very important to break this puppy down.
But first, let's watch it again:
The trailer opens with little Cassie Lang (Abby Ryder Fortson) asking her dad Scott (Paul Rudd) when he started being Ant-Man again. Presumably, Scott stopped the whole superhero thing after he was taken down by the U.S. government and put aboard the Raft at the end of Captain America: Civil War. We're told in Avengers: Infinity War that Scott was put under house arrest and is hanging out with his family.
But in Ant-Man and the Wasp, it seems Scott finds himself back in the superhero business when Ghost (Hannah John-Kamen), a foe of Scott's grudging friend and mentor Dr. Hank Pym (Michael Douglas), goes on the attack.
As explained by Scott's buddy Luis (Michael Peña) — the most beloved character of the first film and the comic relief in a comic relief movie — Pym opened up the Quantum Realm and allowed Ghost to sneak through and steal some of Pym's tech.
"And now she wants to take over the world or whatever."
From previous information about Ant-Man and the Wasp, we can guess that Pym might have opened the Quantum Realm this time around because he's on the search for his long-missing wife, Janet van Dyne (Michelle Pfeiffer), who disappeared into the Quantum Realm years ago. Supposedly, we're going to see her in some form or another. The hope is that Pym can get his wife back and that she'll show up to kick some bad-guy butt by the end of the film.
Speaking of the Quantum Realm: Ghost's connection to it (as well as Pym's stolen tech) allows her to phase through walls and generally cause a lot of havoc. In Marvel's comics, Ghost is both male and mentally unstable. And in Ant-Man and the Wasp, according to Luis, Ghost wants to "take over the world, or whatever," and with how Ghost kicks around Ant-Man like he weighs nothing and wreaks general destruction, that seems like a fair assumption.
Enter Hope van Dyne (Evangeline Lilly), whose entrance as the winged superhero Wasp was teased at the end of the first Ant-Man film. Cassie tells her dad Scott that he needs a partner — and who better to back Scott up than the woman who kicked his butt throughout his first solo outing? She's intense; it's great.
Aside from the dick jokes populating the end of the trailer, there's not too much more to break down here.
Just two more things before we go.
One: The giant ant from the first Ant-Man is still living with Cassie and has learned to play the drums. That's easily the most important thing here. Where is this ant's solo film?
Two: While all of this speculation and breakdown is well and good, we should talk about the part of Ant-Man and the Wasp that's not addressed in this trailer: When, in the grand scheme of the Marvel Cinematic Universe, is this film taking place? Is it going on during Avengers: Infinity War?
We were told in Infinity War that Scott was under house arrest, most likely having given himself up after escaping the Raft at the end of Civil War so he could spend time with his family and not put them in danger. We can assume that Ant-Man and the Wasp is taking place post-Civil War... but other than that, we've got no clue as to exactly when the events of this film are going on.
Infinity War takes place roughly two years after Civil War. That's a pretty large chunk of time to play around in. We'll just have to wait for Ant-Man and the Wasp to premiere on July 6 to find out.