Tuesday, January 6, 2015

Mini Marvel

The Ant-Man teaser is finally here...

Before I get to that, a little word about Agent Carter: It was surprisingly very good! Here I was thinking, "Hmmm, seems kinda like a throwaway thing." But no, it actually does something cool with the awesome titular heroine introduced in Captain America: The First Avenger and thrusts her into an adventure that blends mystery, thrills, action, and that Marvel wit. There are some slight downsides, but it's overall a great start to what seems to be a very promising series. Marvel delivered, big time!

Ant-Man's teaser on the other hand... Not going to lie here, it wasn't all that great.

Now, before you assume anything, it's not the footage. The footage looks fine, especially the bits of Lang shrinking and going around in the suit. The little glimpses of the bugs and stuff make the film look interesting, the visuals are cool. I wish there was more of that kind of stuff, which is why the preview didn't do much for me.

However, I understand that this trailer was probably supposed to cater to non-comic readers. Some people have told me, "Ant-Man? How is that gonna work?" Well, this trailer does a good job getting the uninitiated acquainted with the character and what he can do. Me? I was hoping for something unique like the Guardians of the Galaxy teaser. This also isn't the first time Marvel didn't deliver with the marketing. Thor: The Dark World's campaign did a good job dampening my excitement for the thunder god's next quest.

That being said, Guardians of the Galaxy's teaser went to great lengths to establish the weird, new faces in the MCU. It would've had to have done that, and it was an excellent teaser because of that. Ant-Man is different because it's a story of a guy having to put on a suit to become something he never was in the past: A hero. The Guardians aren't really heroes, they're criminals that just happen to become heroes as the story progress... But there's no suiting up or obtaining of special powers, they do it without enhancing themselves in some way. See, if Ant-Man's teaser were to jump right into the weird/oddball/cool stuff with insects and such, it could possibly throw audiences off. Gotta give them a heads up first, whereas with Guardians there was no need for a heads up. Here it is: Space setting, sci-fi, talking raccoon and tree!

On the plus side, Paul Rudd and Michael Douglas seem well-cast. The trailer also does a good job telling us what kind of guy Scott Lang is and why Hank Pym will be his mentor. Again, it's a trailer made for audiences more so than anything. I'm hoping the full trailer goes all out with the cool stuff, but doesn't show too much.

Either way, I'm sure Marvel Studios has something cool up their sleeve with this film. What did you think of the teaser?

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