Though most of our focus is on Avengers: Age of Ultron these days, Marvel Studios still has more up its sleeve in 2015, and I'm not just talking about its Netflix projects. In July, the studio will release Ant-Man, the long-developing film that saw a surprising change in director (from Edgar Wright to Peyton Reed) and writers (from Wright and Joe Cornish to Adam McKay and Paul Rudd) shortly before it started production and, as a result, might surpass Guardians of the Galaxy as the most skepticism-inviting Marvel project yet.
This is still a Marvel movie, though, and there's still plenty of reason to be excited about it. Like Guardians of the Galaxy, it's got a charming star hoping to make the leap from comedy to action (Rudd), it's got an Oscar winner on board (Michael Douglas), and it's got a very convincing villain in Corey Stoll, who's been striding confidently through the trailers as Darren Cross, aka Yellowjacket. If you're like me, seeing Yellowjacket in action might be the highlight of the movie, but unfortunately so far we've only seen glimpses of the character out of costume in the trailers, and most of what we've seen in costume has been relegated to concept art and advertising. Well, no more. In the gallery below, courtesy of Entertainment Weekly, is a new look at Yellowjacket drawing back to deliver a punch at an ant-sized Scott Lang.
In the film, Cross has militarized the technology of his former mentor, Hank Pym (Douglas) and used it to create the Yellowjacket suit, which is all about packing a punch.
"Hank Pym’s Ant-Man suit doesn’t have a single weapon,” Reed said, “whereas Yellowjacket is armed with plasma cannons.”
We've seen plenty of hero-vs.-villain faceoffs at Marvel so far, but nothing quite like this before, even the Iron Man vs. Iron Monger battle in the first Iron Man. That was a size-vs.-speed fight, as well as a fight between two forms of the same technology, but this is a battle in which one of the combatants is literally insect-sized, so Reed will have to be very inventive to pull it off. We won't know until July just how well it all turned out, but from the looks of this image, Ant-Man will at the very least be unlike any other superhero film we've seen before.
Ant-Man hits theaters July 17.