The following is a collection of some of the descriptions of the Ant-Man footage.
Ant-Man trailer kicks off with a shot of a laboratory, which is filled with beakers and vials of colorful liquids.There is a glass cage with an anthill inside of it. Scott Lang (Paul Rudd) and Hank Pym (Michael Douglas) are talking. Pym is telling Lang the he wants him for an Ant-Man job. Pym says that superheroes are a joke, and he needs to do it because it's the right thing to do. Lang though is scared of becoming Ant-Man.
The scene shifts from the laboratory to a rooftop. Ant-Man is on the roof, all shrunk down. Ant-Man is being chased by some normal-size men. Pym's voice can be heard talking to Lang through his helmet, providing him guidance. Pym is telling Lang to talk to the ants, but they aren't responding. Lang is in trouble, and his helmet appears damaged.
Ant-Man is running and jumps off a ledge, but a flying ant catches him before he hints the ground. The trailer ends with the Ant-Man logo
Slash Film wrote:
The clip opens on a science lab. In contrast to the super-sleek ones we’ve seen at, say, Wayne Enterprises or Stark Industries, this one looks older and smaller, almost homey. The camera moves around the room, showing various flasks and vials, a jar with moving ants inside, and Ant-Man’s famous helmet.
Meanwhile, we hear Scott Lang and Hank Pym’s voices over the scene. Lang sounds hesitant: “Dr. Pym, you seem nice, but…” Eventually, he gets to the point: “I’m not a superhero.”
Pym makes it clear he doesn’t hold superheroes in high esteem to begin with. “You’re not an egomaniac,” he agrees. “Superheroes, what a goddamn joke.” Pym continues confidently over Lang’s protests. “I think someone already shrunk your balls,” he says. “It’s a small job.”
The video then cuts to a city at night, with flashing lights and tall buildings in the background. We see a tiny figure in the Ant-Man suit, running across a rooftop. It’s Scott, and we can hear him speaking to Hank remotely. It sounds like Scott is on his first adventure, and Hank is instructing him in what to do.
A flying insect flies toward Scott and he tries to get on, but the damn thing won’t budge. Hank tells Scott to just jump, so Scott launches himself off the building… and he’s immediately caught by a flying ant. Scott rides it through a vent, as other insects follow. “Okay. I got this,” Scott says.
Screen Rant wrote:
From there, a reel of footage was shown to the crowd chronicling a long-rumored heist with Scott Lang at its heart. After an exchange between Lang and Pym showed that the younger man had no desire to be anything more than an average guy (exactly why Pym has chosen him to succeed him), the same theme continues into the chase scene with Lang in-costume. Presumably, the heist can be confirmed as part of Pym’s plan to infiltrate his own company to counter Darren Cross’ new strategy.
Throughout his escape, Lang is being fed directions from Pym, showing that a buddy-superhero dynamic could help the film stand apart from the rest of the Avengers team. The footage came to a close with a miniature Ant-Man leaping from a massive height and being caught at the last second by a flying ant, before being replaced by the film’s logo.
On large-scale films like this it’s common to start preliminary work and pre-visualization on the big action set pieces way in advance of principal photography, and the footage shown looked to be a more fully-rendered version of pre-vis. Accompanied by a voiceover conversation between Rudd’s Lang and Douglas’ Pym, the footage opened with a shot tracking through a lab. Douglas sounded like he was trying to convince Rudd to do something, saying “Superheroes—what a goddamn joke. You’re doing this because it’s the right thing to do.”
Reluctantly, Pym agrees (again, in voiceover only), and we then saw Ant-Man running along a rooftop in ant-sized form. He was wearing an updated version of the suit, but since he’s a novice, Lang appeared to have some trouble operating it correctly as Pym talked him through it, saying, “Use the helmet to call the ants.” We saw him jump on top of a flying ant as alarms sounded, and Ant-Man then flew off through the city.
The sequence starts in an empty lab as we hear the voices of Douglas' Pym talking to Rudd's Scott about how "superheroes are a goddamn joke" that just cause a lot of mayhem and destruction. But he needs Scott to take on the mantle of Ant-Man to handle "a small job." The camera snakes through the lab over all this until it finds the silver Ant-Man helmet on a table.
We then cut to Lang in the Ant-Man suit in miniature form running through an alley as he tries to elude his pursuers (possibly the police). He ends up on a ledge where an unseen Pym, via radio headset, instructing Scott what to do. That's when the cavalry shows up: a fly, which at that tiny size sounds like an incoming helicopter and dwarfs Lang. Pym tells Scott to instruct the ant what to do but Scott doesn't yet know how to communicate with the insect.
The fly buzzes away when the pursuers' helicopter hovers into frame. Scott must leap off the ledge, falls out of frame, and then resurfaces on the back of the fly. He makes a quip about it not being all that tough and they fly offscreen.
Ant-Man is set to begin filming in Atlanta on August 18 and will release in theaters on July 17, 2015.
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[By Ashley Lambrakis, freelance]