We're just a few weeks away from the release of Avengers: Age of Ultron, and thanks to trailers, press events and the sheer scope of the thing it already looks pretty set to be one of the biggest blockbusters of all time. So Marvel Studios is again turning its attention to the film that will follow Age of Ultron and, in its own way, conclude Phase Two of the Marvel Cinematic Universe and set the stage for Captain America: Civil War. That film is Ant-Man, and for a long time the big news surrounding it was less about the content of the story and more about the shuffling of talent that happened when Edgar Wright left the project after years of work.
Ever since Wright was replaced by director Peyton Reed and writer Adam McKay (with a little help from star Paul Rudd), Ant-Man's had something to prove to a lot of fans, and for many of those fans the first trailer just didn't cut it. Now the second trailer for the film is here, and it's a much bigger showcase of the kind of spectacle Reed and company have in store for us. This time around, we get to a purer distillation of Scott Lang's (Rudd) powers as Ant-Man, a hint at Yellowjacket's (Corey Stoll) motives, more of Hope van Dyne (Evangelina Lilly) being a badass, and some pretty spectacular footage of Yellowjacket and Ant-Man battling it out in their respective suits. There's even a harrowing train crash ... sort of. Check it out:
In addition to the trailer, we've got some new remarks from Marvel Studios President Kevin Feige about where the film fits into Marvel's overall cinematic universe plan. A few years back, it felt like a quirk in the Marvel machine, Edgar Wright's Ant-Man vision, but now -- like all Marvel films -- it's part of an elaborate, larger plan, and it just so happens to be the film that closes out Marvel's Phase Two following the epic events of Age of Ultron. So, with that illustrious position in the Marvel schedule, how does Ant-Man tie in to the rest of the universe?
"It’s not [an afterthought]. The truth is the phases mean a lot to me and some people but...Civil War is the start of Phase Three. It just is. And Ant-Man is a different kind of culmination of Phase Two because it very much is in the MCU," Feige told SlashFilm.
"You meet new characters and you learn about Hank Pym and his lineage with the MCU over the years. But at the same time, it also picks up the thread of Age of Ultron in terms of heroes – major heroes, Avengers – coming from unexpected places. Whether it’s prison in the case of Scott Lang or being a very disgruntled Sokovian Twins as Wanda and Pietro are in Age of Ultron. And in that way it connects a lot.
"Also, Hank Pym’s attitude towards Avengers, towards S.H.I.E.L.D, and kind of the cinematic universe in general, is much more informed after the events of Age of Ultron, and in a certain way, before the events of Civil War."
Ant-Man hits theaters July 17.