The teaser trailer showed us that Hank Pym (Michael Douglas) is breaking out Scott Lang (Paul Rudd) out of prison and offering him a second chance, and in the full trailer, we’re told what Pym wants Lang to do.
Daren Cross, the villain (played by Corey Stoll of House of Cards fame) is planning on using the shrinking technology for military purposes, creating the “ultimate secret weapon” and Pym doesn’t want that kind of power falling in the wrong hands. That’s why he needs Scott to break in and steal some stuff, presumably the tech or blueprints for it. I do hope that there’s more to it than just that, as giving the technology to the military in of itself doesn’t sound all that bad – and it’s a discussion about superpowers that we’ve already had in Iron Man 2, what with the government trying to get their hands on Tony’s armor, which ultimately gave us War Machine. What I’m trying to say is, Cross better be up to something a lot more sinister in order to justify Pym trying to keep the Ant-Man tech a secret. The trailer also gives us a very good look at Cross’s Yellowjacket costume, which looks awesome.
Other than that, the trailer primarily focuses on explaining the nature of Ant-Man’s powers and abilities, from mind-controlling ants to possessing superhuman strength when he is shrunk down.
It’s an impressive showcase (particularly one part where Scott leads a whole army of ants) that doesn’t lose sight of the ridiculousness of the premise – there are a couple of humorous moments that easilly fall in line with the trademark Marvel style self-awareness and affectionate mockery. In fact, there’s a lot more comedy here than in the teaser, both physical and just straight up funny lines. The Thomas the Tank Engine fight scene pretty much speaks for itself in that regard.
It’s a really great marketing approach – the first trailer set up the rudimentary plot and character motivations, keeping the comedy to a minimum and focusing on trying to get people to care about Scott as a person, and now the second trailer ramps up the action and comedy to make the movie reflect what people have to accept from the Marvel brand. There’s still a theoretical chance that Ant-Man might underperform, but it’s looking increasingly likely that it will be another win for Marvel, both in terms of quality and box-office returns – maybe not quite on par with Guardians of the Galaxy, but still a solid entry in the MCU.
Now let’s talk about the Terminator: Genisys trailer.
I find it quite amusing that the Terminator movies have reached full circle in their efforts to make Arnold’s T-800 into a good guy, culminating in this trailer revealing that apparently John Connor himself will be the villain in Genisys, having been turned into a brand new type of terminator, not man and not machine, but “something more”. It’s a fascinating role reversal when you think about it. Aside from that, the surprising reveal is actually a really interesting idea, plus the design of whatever John Connor has become looks great.
The rest of the trailer, however, seems like a rehash of the now decades old franchise’s biggest hits – we get to see Judgement Day again, there’s a new T-1000 who also pretends he’s a police officer, there’s Arnold’s Terminator not knowing how to smile being played for laughs, a car chase with the T-1000, the original Arnold T-800 recreated with CG so that old Arnold can fight him and, of course, “I’ll be back” and “Come with me if you want to live”.
I really don’t what to make of that. Genisys is supposed to a sort of reimagining of the series, so going back to its roots makes sense in a way, but a lot of it just looks like just doing the same thing again, only bigger and with better special effects. (hell, even the CG Young Arnold thing isn’t new since they had one of those in Salvation).
It feels hollow, or at least that’s how it comes across from this trailer. I can easily see it backfiring and just being too familiar for its own good (like what happened with a certain other movie) – then again, streamlining the highlights of the franchise into one movie could turn out to be great, if the core premise can hold the whole thing together and make it seem fresh again. The John Connor twist could be that glue that Genisys needs in order to work. It’s hard to tell if this movie is going to be good or not, but I’m definitely a lot more interested in seeing it after this trailer – at the very least, the action looks pretty sweet and the special effects seem solid, so it’s probably worth the watch
Oh, and Paramount also released a clip called “Mother of the Resistance” linking Game of Thrones to Genisys, because Emilia Clarke is in both. It’s a little desperate and attention-seeking if you ask me, but hey, any goodwill that this series had left burned out after Salvation, so I guess anything goes when you’re trying to get people invested again.