First ‘Ant-Man and the Wasp’ Trailer Features Tiny Paul Rudd and Evangeline Lilly

While Black Panther is rolling in rave reviews from fans, Marvel wants to make sure we don't forget about another exciting, if tinier, superhero: Ant Man. (OK, perhaps not quite as exciting.)

Following Monday night's Black Panther premiere, Marvel Studios debuted the first full-length Ant-Man and the Wasp trailer, starring Paul Rudd as the insect-size superhero Scott Lang. In this sequel to 2015's Ant-Man, Rudd will team up with Evangeline Lilly (a.k.a. Kate from Lost), who plays Hope van Dyne/the Wasp. Like Rudd's character, the Wasp can shrink down to insect-size at will, and unlike Rudd's character, she also gets wings and blasters.

The trailer opens on a quick reminder of the events of Captain America: Civil War, in which Rudd's Ant-Man made a brief appearance to help out the Cap.

Now, two years later, it seems that Lang is in trouble with the law. The FBI raids his home, and he and the Wasp are forced to go on the run. Luckily, this isn't hard to do, because Michael Douglas, returning as Dr. Hank Pym, has some brand-new ant-related technology that allows him to shrink entire office buildings. We also got a brief first look at Ghost, portrayed by Hannah John-Kamen, the gender-swapped incarnation of the Marvel villain.The key to the first Ant-Man's success was a winking acknowledgment of the ridiculous "shrinking and enlarging objects" premise. It seems the returning Ant-Man director, Peyton Reed (Bring it On, Yes Man), intends to flex that angle again with more visual humor. Last time we got a giant toy train, and this time we've got a huge Pez dispenser.

Screen Shot 2018-01-30 at 9 Evangeline Lilly as the Wasp in the first “Ant-Man and the Wasp” trailer. Marvel

Will the cheeky self-awareness of the first film carry over to the second? That remains to be seen. The 2015 original was written by the hilarious team of Shaun of the Dead's Edgar Wright and Attack the Block's Joe Cornish. The latest will be penned by Spider-Man Homecoming writers Chris McKenna and Erik Sommers. 

Ant-Man and the Wasp is expected to hit theaters everywhere on July 6.

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