Having teased Ant-Man's arrival earlier this year, and finally showing off the prototype at San Diego Comic-Con this past weekend, Hot Toys has released the first official images and details for it's upcoming miniature Paul Rudd replica. Ant-Man joins an incredible roster of Marvel Cinematic Universe characters that have been recreated in figure form from the Chinese manufacturer, which makes sense given how popular Hot Toys' Movie Masterpiece line has become in regards to Marvel's characters. However, if you had told me back when this whole MCU thing started that Ant-Man would be getting a ~$200 figure in the future, I'd probably have laughed you out of the room.
Like many of the more recent figures in the this series, Ant-Man will come with some accessories, but the only one that really matters is the 2.8cm (1.1") non-articulated Ant-Man miniature. Judging by the number of similar product releases this year, it must be part of Marvel's contract for toy makers to include these microscopic iterations of the character. We get it guys; he shrinks. On top of being so effing small, there's so little detail in the mini-figures, it hardly seems worth the added inclusion.
Marvel really isn’t holding anything back when it comes to the Ant-Man previews, and with a little over a week to go before the film hits theaters, we have officially reached Peak Marketing. The studio has released an extended IMAX preview for the film, which runs at just under six minutes in length and features new footage mixed with stuff we’ve seen in previous trailers and TV spots.
Last week, Marvel released the first in a series of Ant-Man viral videos, which set out to give Paul Rudd’s Scott Lang a little more backstory and connect the studio’s newest hero to the larger MCU. The second viral video has arrived today, and it once again features Leslie Bibb’s reporter Christine Everhart (last seen in the Iron Man films) shedding some light on Lang.
There’s a fairly sizable (just the first of many size-related puns in this article) cameo in Ant-Man from someone in the Marvel Cinematic Universe and Marvel had been doing a good job keeping that secret. Until now. The latest Ant-Man TV spot reveals the Avengers cameo, so if you’re dying to know who shows up to meet with Ant-Man, you don't have to wait until the film opens.
By all superficial appearances, Ant-Man pretty much looks like a standalone Marvel film — but the newest hero of the MCU will be making an appearance in Captain America: Civil War, and it’s all but certain that Marvel has plans for Paul Rudd’s Scott Lang further down the line in Phase 3. A new viral video begins establishing those connections with the reappearance of a minor Marvel character.
We’ve got two new Ant-Man bits to share today. First is the above clip, which features Paul Rudd’s Scott Lang using his super-shrinking power for the first time — in a bathtub, of all places. The second piece of news pertains to the possibility of a sequel, which director Peyton Reed says he’s open to directing.
If you’ve been paying attention to Twitter, you’ve likely noticed that the first reactions to Ant-Man have started popping up as the film screened early for a handful of critics. It’s still a couple of weeks before we’ll get to see Marvel’s latest, but you can see a little more of Ant-Man right now with the new international trailer.
If you’d like to save a little surprise for yourself when you see Ant-Man next month, then consider this a fair warning — this post contains a spoiler for Marvel’s next superhero film. Although we’re not likely to see any MCU crossovers in Ant-Man, there is one more hero that will make an appearance in the film, albeit very briefly, and it’s someone fans have been wondering about since the film was announced.
It’s become a trend for studios to release new teasers and trailers skewed towards celebrating various holidays (last year’s Christmas “card” from The Babadook was particularly inspired). And while some of these promos aren’t so great, this new Ant-Man trailer from Marvel is a pretty nice Father’s Day gift.
Heroes don’t get any bigger — or any smaller — than Ant-Man. At least that’s what the various trailers and TV spots for Marvel’s latest superhero movie have been telling us for a few months now. The latest TV spot has arrived to get you amped for the release of Marvel’s second new film this year. Is it already almost July? Man, this summer is going by fast.
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