After Avengers: Infinity War took theaters by storm last weekend, fans were left with a lot of questions. But none may be more puzzling than where two characters were. Or more specifically, how are Ant-Man and the Wasp connected to Infinity War? On Tuesday, Marvel Studios dropped a new Ant-Man and The Wasp trailer aiming to answer that very question. The trailer shows what the two superheroes have been up to while Thanos went on his Infinity Stone collecting spree.
Ant-Man and The Wasp, set for a July 6 release, also dropped a new poster, prominently featuring Paul Rudd and Evangeline Lilly (who play Ant-Man and the Wasp, respectively) in the center. They're surrounded by co-stars, including Michael Peña, Laurence Fishburne, and Michelle Pfeiffer. Per a press release from Marvel, here's a brief plot summary, helping make sense of the movie's timing:
"In the aftermath of 'Captain America: Civil War,' Scott Lang grapples with the consequences of his choices as both a Super Hero and a father. As he struggles to rebalance his home life with his responsibilities as Ant-Man, he’s confronted by Hope van Dyne and Dr. Hank Pym with an urgent new mission. Scott must once again put on the suit and learn to fight alongside The Wasp as the team works together to uncover secrets from the past."
And now that that's out of the way, you can watch the trailer below:
And this is the brand-new poster:
Although the new trailer doesn't even mention Thanos, it at least explains what Ant-Man has been up to since the last time everyone saw him in Captain America: Civil War. The ending to Civil War most likely explains why Ant-Man wasn't in Infinity War at all, in fact. As you probably remember, Civil War ended Captain America's team of Avengers imprisoned in the Raft as punishment for their breach of the Sokovia Accords. Even though Cap broke the superheroes out of jail, Ant-Man and Hawkeye presumably didn't want to spend their lives as fugitives, so instead, they struck a deal with the government that prohibited them from participating in unsanctioned superhero activity — at least that's what they said in Infinity War.
That's when the timeline between Infinity War and Ant-Man and the Wasp gets murky. As the Marvel Press release stated, Scott Lang (Rudd) had a lot to think about following Civil War. Based on the Ant-Man and the Wasp trailer, it's clear that Scott decided to get back to his superhero duties eventually, but did he do that before or after Infinity War? And if he did them before, why wouldn't he later show up to join the Avengers in their massive battle against Thanos? It only makes sense that Scott decided to go back to being Ant-Man after Infinity War, in the Marvel timeline, and it seems like the summer movie might even reveal a new strategy for how both Ant-Man and the Wasp can later help the superheroes who weren't wiped out by Thanos.
Based on the newest trailer it seems like the Wasp will significantly help Ant-Man in the upcoming movie, so she will probably also make an important addition to the Avengers. But that's not all. The trailer for Ant-Man and the Wasp also shows Michael Peña's character telling Dr. Hank Pym (Michael Douglas) that he'd heard he opened up the Quantum Realm. Even though that opening allowed the villain of Ant-Man and the Wasp to enter their reality, it also could later serve as a tool for the Avengers to defeat Thanos in Avengers 4.
Even though Ant-Man can't fly, the Wasp does have wings and it seems like she might prove to be the leader of the Ant-Man and the Wasp's dynamic duo. Perhaps she will end up repairing Thanos' damage, but first she has to help Ant-Man to defeat Ghost (Hannah John-Kamen) in July's Ant-Man and the Wasp. Based on on the trailer, Lilly's character seems up for all the challenges.