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The First Full Trailer for Ant-Man Promises a Marvel Movie That’s More Light on Its Feet

The First Full Trailer for Ant-Man Promises a Marvel Movie That’s More Light on Its Feet

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April 13 2015 11:40 AM

The First Full Trailer for Ant-Man Promises a Marvel Movie That’s More Light on Its Feet

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Paul Rudd, bugging out.

Still from YouTube

Among Marvel titles, Ant-Man has always seemed like a bit of an underdog. But the movie’s first full trailer, released today, suggests that its strengths are far greater than the name suggests. Paul Rudd looks ideal for the role of a reluctant hero, and the trailer manages much more wit than we saw in the more sentimental teaser back in January.

In the movie adaptation, Rudd’s Scott Lang becomes a superhero under the tutelage of Michael Douglas (whose Hank Pym was the original Ant-Man in the comic books). Corey Stoll is equally well cast as Ant-Man’s adversary, Yellowjacket; but the writing duo of Paul Rudd and Adam McKay may be the film’s greatest secret weapon. In some ways, the Peyton Reed–directed movie looks like it will be a Marvel film in the vein of Guardians of the Galaxy, interspersing moments of tight comic timing into an otherwise standard action-adventure storyline. And if it has more knowing winks like the Toy Storyesque pint-size battle that closes this trailer, Ant-Man should be lots of fun when it hits theaters in July.

Jay Deshpande is a former editor of WatchTime and writes about literature and the arts for Slate, the New Republic, and others. Follow him on Twitter.