Written by Bill Bodkin and Logan J. Fowler
Release Date: July 6th, 2018
Starring: Paul Rudd, Evangeline Lilly, Michael Douglas, Laurence Fishburne, Michelle Pfeiffer, Michael Pena.
Director: Peyton Reed (Bring it On, Yes Man, The Break-Up, Ant-Man)
Pre-Trailer Thoughts: When the original Ant-Man was announced with Edgar Wright directing, my interest was already at maximum. When Paul Rudd joined the project, I was even more stoked. However, due to a “falling out” with the powers that be of the Marvel Cinematic Universe, Wright left Ant-Man, and the movie continued on its path.
Despite Wright’s departure, the movie turned out to be one hell of a surprise, and Rudd’s Scott Lang went onto steal the show in Captain America: Civil War. A couple of years have passed and now, once again, the MCU time line has Ant-Man showing up in a solo movie post a major Avengers event, being Infinity War. Will the sequel be a strong palette cleanser, or crash in burn in Thanos’ destruction? -LJF
Pre-Trailer Thoughts: To be 1000% honest, I’ve never watched Ant-Man. I didn’t catch it during its original theatrical run. This was probably due to “meh” trailers, and the Edgar Wright factor. When it came to cable I DVR-ed it, but never really felt inspired to watch it. There’s just something about it that just doesn’t grab. I’m sure it’s a good film, but nothing about I’m definitely in the “walk don’t run” category for watching this. So when I heard there was a sequel, my reaction was about as mild as warm ketchup. -BB
Rate the Trailer: 4 out of 5 Beats from the first movie are here (and how), but I’m in like Flynn, baby. Ant-Man getting a partner in Lilly’s wasp will make for some romantic comedy not seen in any other MCU film, and it looks to be like there’s some consequence dealt to the titular Ant-Man after siding with the “criminals” in Civil War. I’m really amped to see this follow-up, probably more so than I should be. -LJF
Rate the Trailer: 3.4 out of 5 Gotta admit this has me interested. I really dug the shrinking buildings, the knife sequence, and the potential comedy between Lilly and Rudd. The Hello Kitty sequence made my kid laugh, so I have to give it points for that too. -BB
Theater, Rent, No Thanks, Undecided? Theater. I’ve seen every MCU movie in theaters (even though not all were opening weekend) so I doubt I’ll stop now. Ant-Man and the Wasp is definitely on my radar for a big screen viewing, despite it featuring the smallest heroes imaginable. -LJF
Theater, Rent, No Thanks, Undecided? Undecided. Obviously have to see the first one before I can jump into this one. The trailer for this film has me intrigued, but there’s a long queue of movies (especially Oscar movies) I need to catch up on before Ant-Man hits the list. Maybe another trailer will inspire me. -BB
Ant-Man and the Wasp fly into theaters on July 6th, 2018