We're now just two weeks away from the release of Ant-Man and the Wasp, Marvel Studios' action-comedy follow-up to 2015's Ant-Man that will allow us to have a little fun with the Marvel Cinematic Universe again after the relative darkness of Avengers: Infinity War. We've seen trailers and TV spots aplenty for the film at this point, but now full clips are starting to make their way out into the world, and so far they're focused heavily on Scott Lang's (Paul Rudd) superhero partner, Hope van Dyne (Evangeline Lilly).
Hope played a key role in the first Ant-Man film as the daughter of Ant-Man suit inventor Hank Pym (Michael Douglas), showing Scott the ropes and begging her father to finally get in on the action. By the end of the film, her Wasp suit was finally revealed, and in the sequel she gets plenty of use out of it. We've seen Ant-Man's tricks in two different Marvel films so far, so it makes since that these clips would highlight Wasp and her abilities.
The first clip, running only about 25 seconds, dropped Wednesday night during Lilly's appearance on Jimmy Kimmel Live, and it expands on a sequence we've seen plenty of in the trailer. Hope is battling a group of bad guys in a kitchen, where she's (among other things) enlarged a salt shaker to block a door and shrunk to a size that allows her to run up and down the length of a chef's knife. It's a fun, if brief, sequence, and it reveals that she's made some kind of arrangement with one of the film's villains, Sonny Burch (Walton Goggins).
The second clip, released to Marvel's official YouTube channel Thursday afternoon, is a bit more substantial, clocking in at nearly a minute. In that clip, Hope and Luis (Michael Pena) are on the run in a van containing Pym's shrunken lab, while Scott rides a flying ant overhead. It's not just a van, though. It's a van equipped with a special shrinking/enlarging lever, which Hope puts to very efficient use.
Both clips highlight the same inventive use of Pym Particle technology director Peyton Reed spent so much time in the first film, as well as the blend of action and comedy that's inherent in all MCU flicks, but particularly important to the Ant-Man franchise. The real highlight, though, is how confident and capable Hope is in this very action-forward footage. After all those years waiting for her chance, she came prepared, and she may be poised to upstage Scott Lang by the time the film is over.
Ant-Man and the Wasp is in theaters July 6.