If you’ve been a fan of Paul Rudd since his Clueless days, and watched as he moved on to guest-star on shows like Parks and Recreation and Friends (Crap Bag!), as well as more adult fare like Anchorman, I Love You, Man, and This is 40, then you know comedy’s his specialty. So the Paul Rudd we see in the new Ant-Man trailer is the complete opposite of everything we’ve come to know about him.
Until he opens his mouth.
There’s something goosebumps-inducing about that Marvel Studios opening, right? Not to mention the haunting music backing Michael Douglas‘ distinctive gravelly voice as his character, Hank Pym, tells Rudd’s Scott Lang, that he needs him to be the Ant-Man. And in one word, it goes from ominous to a happier place:
Rudd wears the Ant-Man costume like a pro, and like Chris Pratt‘s abs shocked everyone in Guardians of the Galaxy, so too will Rudd’s in Ant-Man. (No, really, watch the trailer like we did over and over (and over) again — you know, for research purposes — and pause on those washboard puppies.)
After several teasers, the full-length trailer was finally released during Tuesday night’s premiere of Marvel’s Agent Carter — and it didn’t disappoint. It’s kind of remarkable how much of Ant-Man’s origin story is referenced in under two minutes. We saw Scott in the Ant-Man costume, flying through the sky on a wasp. There was Corey Stoll‘s swagger as Darren Cross — who will become Ant-Man’s nemesis, Yellowjacket; Evangeline Lilly and her severe haircut kicking butt as Hope Van Dyne; and Michael Peña armed and ready to take some names. (FYI, it’s Hope’s parents, Hank, the original Ant-Man and Janet Van Dyne, Wasp, who were the founding members of the Avengers.)
But aside from the action and the abs, there’s still that trademark humour Rudd brings to every role. Sure, Scott is a devoted dad with a sketchy past, as we see him being escorted out of prison, but his only other line in the movie is what many of us are thinking: “One question: Is it too late to change the name?”
We have one other question. Is it July 17 yet?