First Trailer for ANT-MAN

The road to completion has been a rocky one for Marvel's Ant-Man as it was originally brought to the table by director Edgar Wright as Iron Man and The Incredible Hulk were getting set to be unleashed upon the world. When those films became hits strong enough to spurn future origin stories so as to set-up The Avengers though, Ant-Man was sidelined despite being a founding member of the super-team in the comics. Wright worked with screenwriter Joe Cornish (Attack the Block) and even prepared a test reel, but as most of you know both Cornish and Wright were essentially wiped from the project when their minds didn't meet with Marvels vision. Actors had been cast and were no doubt caught in Marvel contract agreements, but most had been hired by Wright himself. In the wake of Wright's departure, would they stay? Would they even be able to leave? Much was up in the air until Marvel replaced Wright with director Peyton Reed (who ironically directed Yes Man) as well as bringing in Adam McKay to punch up the script with star Paul Rudd. Much of the cast remained in place (only Patrick Wilson, Matt Gerard and Kevin Weisman exited due to scheduling conflicts after filming was delayed) and production seemed to go smoothly starting in mid-August and wrapping earlier last month. While Wright certainly would have made a much different version of this film that I would've loved to see Reed has seemingly crafted something more in line with the universe the studio has created and, if nothing else, I look forward to seeing Rudd in a leading action role as well as how this will all tie in with the larger MCU. Ant-Man stars Rudd in the titular role along with Evangeline Lilly, Corey Stoll, Bobby Cannavale, Michael Peña, Judy Greer, Tip “TI” Harris, David Dastmalchian, Wood Harris, Martin Donovan, Jordi Mollà, Michael Douglas and opens on July 17, 2015.

 Synopsis: The next evolution of the Marvel Cinematic Universe brings a founding member of The Avengers to the big screen for the first time with Marvel Studios’ Ant-Man. Armed with the astonishing ability to shrink in scale but increase in strength, master thief Scott Lang must embrace his inner-hero and help his mentor, Dr. Hank Pym, protect the secret behind his spectacular Ant-Man suit from a new generation of towering threats. Against seemingly insurmountable obstacles, Pym and Lang must plan and pull off a heist that will save the world.