'Ant-Man And The Wasp' Trailer Breakdown: Sizeable Action, A Mysterious Ghost And A Drumming Ant

A new Ant-Man and the Wasp trailer debuted today, and for those still reeling from the heavy events of Avengers: Infinity War, it appears this Marvel Studios sequel will do exactly what the first film did following Avengers: Age of Ultron: allow some levity and fun to permeate the Marvel Cinematic Universe.

Marvel is looking to deliver a good time later this summer with the titular pint-sized superheroes played by Paul Rudd and Evangeline Lilly teaming up, but there are still plenty of details to sift through in this sequel. In our Ant-Man and the Wasp trailer breakdown, we take a closer look at all the action, point out some key details you might have missed, and try to figure out what's going on.

Read our full Ant-Man and the Wasp trailer breakdown below.

Ant-Man and the Wasp Trailer Breakdown

Ant-Man and the Wasp Trailer Breakdown

Our trailer begins with Scott Lang (Paul Rudd) enjoying some time with his daughter (Abby Ryder Fortson), who is inquiring about how long he's been Ant-Man again. This could be a question inspired by the fact that Scott helped Captain America's side in the fight that happened in Germany during Captain America: Civil War. As the first trailer referenced, it's his participation in those events that have him in trouble with the law. And as Infinity War told us, he took a deal (as did Hawkeye) so as to not be a fugitive anymore. But it would appear that a new threat is about to bring him out of hiding.

Ant-Man and the Wasp Trailer Breakdown - Giant Man

Giant Man rides on the back of a tow truck, using it almost like a scooter to catch up with a white Escalade that he has his sights set on. And who is in that vehicle? Well, it's none other than...

Ant-Man and the Wasp Trailer Breakdown - Walton GogginsWalton Goggins! It's the first time we've gotten a good look Goggins as Sonny Burch in any footage from Ant-Man and the Wasp, and he looks a little shocked to see Giant-Man coming up next to him. Plus, we get to see why Ant-Man is in pursuit of this vehicle. Right there in Goggins' lap is the building that Hank Pym (Michael Douglas) shrunk in the first trailer for the movie, which is where he's been doing his research and experiments. That's likely why Sonny wants the building in the first place.Ant-Man and the Wasp Trailer Breakdown

As the trailer cuts back and forth between action on the street and Scott Lang having a talk with his daughter, we hear our superhero lament the fact that he always seems to screw up when he becomes Ant-Man. But his daughter smartly offers up the suggestion that he just needs someone to help watch his back.

And that's when Evangeline Lilly flies into action as the Wasp, soaring into an SUV full of thugs, shrinking and growing to dispatch with them as simply as possible before swinging out one window and in through another to kick the driver square in the face. Presumably this is all during the same chase in pursuit of the shrunken Pym Technologies building.

Ant-Man and the Wasp Trailer Breakdown - Michael Peña as LuisMichael Peña is back as Luis, and he's looking rather dapper in a suit and tie when Hank Pym and Hope Van Dyne come to him for help for some reason. Do they maybe need to get the stolen building back from Sonny Burch? Either way, Luis does what he does best by catching us up on what's been doing on.Ant-Man and the Wasp Trailer Breakdown

Apparently Hank has been doing something with the Quantum Realm, a microscopic dimension first seen in the first Ant-Man film. He's probably trying to find his wife Janet van Dyne, who will be played by Michelle Pfeiffer. Here we see a little vehicle Hank has built to take him into the Quantum Realm in the middle of a rather sizeable lab. Is this all inside that stolen building?

Ant-Man and the Wasp Trailer Breakdown - Quantum Realm

Here's that same vehicle flying through the shimmering Quantum Realm. However, it looks like Hank isn't sitting on the same side as he is in the previous shot. Maybe one of these shots has been flipped from how it appears in the movie. (That happens from time to time in trailers for some reason.)

Ant-Man and the Wasp Trailer Breakdown - Quantum Realm

Another shot from the Quantum Realm shows that vehicle has landed somewhere, and a figure is exiting the vehicle. We're betting it's Hank Pym, but another shot later in the trailer makes us think it could be Scott Lang instead.

Ant-Man and the Wasp Trailer Breakdown - Hannah John-Kamen as Ghost

Luuis also mentions some kind of "ghost" who wants to take over the world or something. We see this character phasing through the doorway of some private property. We're not sure what building this is that the villain known as Ghost is coming out of, but it's clear the abilities the character has will make for a challenge for Ant-Man and the Wasp to deal with.

Ant-Man and the Wasp Trailer Breakdown - Hannah John-Kamen as Ghost

Whatever made Ghost like this, there's a chance it might be some kind of accident. This shot of Hannah John-Kamen unmasked makes her look rather scared when her body starts phasing in and out of the space it occupies. Maybe all she wants is some kind of technology that will help her get rid of this change in her body? Is there a chance this accident is caused by the work Hank Pym is doing in the Quantum Realm?

Ant-Man and the Wasp Trailer Breakdown

There's a shot of some kind of warehouse exploding, and the explosion looks a little cosmic, almost like it could have something do with the Quantum Realm. Maybe this is also something that's tied to the creation of Ghost and the conflict that eventually is sparked between the villain and our insect superheroes.

Ant-Man and the Wasp Trailer Breakdown

Back at Luis' office, we see T.I. as Dave and David Dastmalchian as Kent, his former thief counterparts. However, if you look around this office, it doesn't look like a criminal lair. Instead, there are a lot of security devices and whatnot around. Perhaps Luis and his crew have taken what they know about breaking into houses and stealing stuff and used it to help people arm themselves against other thieves.

Ant-Man and the Wasp Trailer Breakdown

There's nothing particularly exciting about this shot since it's just the Wasp's suit growing from being shrunk on a table. However, you might notice that the suit grows without anyone in it. Does that mean the suits can now be controlled remotely without anyone being inside them? I'm not sure how helpful that will be, but maybe it will come into play at some point.

Ant-Man and the Wasp Trailer Breakdown - Evangeline Lilly and Paul Rudd

This shot appears to be in the same lab where that aforementioned Quantum Realm vehicle is spotted. But what are Scott and Hope looking at? Since it looks like there are tears in Hope's eyes, maybe this is the moment that Hank has brought back her mother Janet after being gone for nearly her entire life. That would be enough to make any daughter cry.

Ant-Man and the Wasp Trailer Breakdown

It looks like one of the popular new methods of combat will be using little Pym Tech pellets to grow and/or shrink items while throwing them at enemies. Here in a kitchen fight, the Wasp throws a salt shaker and makes it grow to a giant size to stop some thugs from making an escape.

Ant-Man and the Wasp Trailer Breakdown - Drumming Ant

Uhhhh, what the fuck is happening here? The first Ant-Man was a little goofier than the Marvel movies we've come to expect, but then Thor: Ragnarok went full sci-fi comedy. Now it looks like that has freed up the Ant-Man franchise to get a little silly, too. That's a giant person-sized ant playing with an electronic drum kit. Is this some kind of funny dream sequence, or is there a giant ant who has learned to play the drums in this movie?

We know it's Cassie's pet ant from the end of the first movie, but why it has become like this we have no idea. But it is wearing Scott's house arrest anklet, showing us how he tricks the authorities into thinking he's home when he's really out causing trouble.

Ant-Man and the Wasp Trailer Breakdown - Ant-Man and Flying Ant

If you were a little upset to see Scott's trusty ant Antony take a bullet in the first movie, it looks like he has a new friend to ride around on. But he might not be around for long since a seagull comes out of nowhere and forces him to jump off. It's probably best not to get too attached to these ants. Plus, there are millions of them everywhere, so Scott will never be short of another ant pal to help out.

Ant-Man and the Wasp Trailer Breakdown - Ant-Man in the Quantum Realm

Meanwhile, in what appears to be another shot from the Quantum Realm, Ant-Man is floating in some darker space as something swoops by him. Whatever flies past him is a blur, but there's the distinct presence of a body with wings. Maybe this is where we finally see that Janet van Dyne is still alive. Also, if you look at that Ant-Man suit, it appears to be an older model (notice the tubes going from the helmet to the back). Maybe this isn't Scott in the Quantum Realm, and instead it's Hank Pym in his original Ant-Man suit looking for his wife. But more on that possibility later.

Ant-Man and the Wasp Trailer Breakdown

Later in the trailer, Scott ducks so Hope can grow and leap off his back to deliver a devastating kick to Ghost, who appears to be inside the Pym lab. Could this be after she has just gained her new abilities, or is this part of the finale fight?

Ant-Man and the Wasp Trailer Breakdown

Remember that shrunken building that everyone seems to be after? It looks like it grows back to normal size at a rather inconvenient location: in the middle of a street. That's going to be hard to explain to the authorities and it's probably going to be rather confusing for the people in the vicinity as well.

Ant-Man and the Wasp Trailer Breakdown

At a quick glance, this is just a shot of Ant-Man and the Wasp beating up some bad guy. But if you look closer, it looks like this isn't the Ant-Man and the Wasp from modern day. If you look at that Ant-Man suit, it has the tubes going from the helmet to the back, indicating it's an older model. More than likely, this is Hank Pym as Ant-Man, and he appears to be taking out a foreign soldier of some kind.

Ant-Man and the Wasp Trailer Breakdown

Further supporting that theory is the fact that the Wasp comes out of nowhere to slam the soldier down on the ground from the air. And if you look at her suit, that's not the one Evangeline Lilly is wearing in the rest of the trailer. Instead, it looks an awful lot like the one Janet was wearing before she went sub atomic into a missile in order to disarm it in a flashback sequence from the first movie. This is likely another flashback sequence showing us more of what happened during this mission.

Ant-Man and the Wasp Trailer Breakdown

Back in the present day, we get a vibe for just how dangerous Ghost's powers can be. She leaps through a driving SUV on the street to kick an armed man off his motorcycle. Who is that guy, though? Why is Ghost dispatching with him in broad daylight like that?

Ant-Man and the Wasp Trailer Breakdown

A shot of Luis later in the trailer takes us back to the chase involving Hank Pym's building. The question is whether this is after they've gotten the building back, or if this is before it gets taken. Either way, Luis is scared out of his mind and he's pretty shocked by all the shrinking that's going on, especially since he's inside one of the vehicles that shrinks.

Ant-Man and the Wasp Trailer Breakdown

Finally, we go to the office of Bill Foster, played by Laurence Fishburne. He's an old colleague of Hank Pym's, but we're not sure why the crew needs his help. Clearly these three are on the lam, with Scott and Hope wearing super inconspicuous hats to hide their faces. But what can Foster help them with?

Ant-Man and the Wasp Trailer Breakdown - Laurence Fishburne as Bill Foster

Foster worked with Pym on his Ant-Man technology, but it appears that he was more focused on growing. The project was Goliath, and he grew to 21 feet. But Scott blows that out of the water by growing to 65 feet, which impresses Foster quite a bit.

Ant-Man and the Wasp Trailer Breakdown

Will Giant-Man grow to be even bigger than he was in Captain America: Civil War? I'm not great with eyeballing measurements, so I'm not sure if the size he appears to be in this photo is bigger than he was at the airport in Germany, but he's certainly surprising some people on that ferry in the bay.


That's all for our Ant-Man and the Wasp trailer breakdown. Funnily enough, we're still mostly in the dark when it comes to some of the story at the center of this Marvel sequel. We're not really sure what Ghost is up to as the villain, but it seems like a big part of this movie will have to do with the Quantum Realm.

But an even bigger question is whether this will have any ties to Avengers: Infinity War. It seems like the movie mostly takes place between Captain America: Civil War and Infinity War. However, my money is on this taking place concurrently with Infinity War, and there's a moment when our characters are in the Quantum Realm for a time, perhaps keeping them safe from the actions of Thanos in the final act. Then, when they re-emerge from the Realm, they have to deal with the ramifications of Thanos snapping his fingers.

We've got a little over two months before Ant-Man and the Wasp hits theaters, so hopefully we'll hear a little more about how this movie ties into Infinity War before then. Otherwise, we'll be in theaters when Ant-Man and the Wasp arrives on July 6, 2018.