Must Watch: Paul Rudd Gets Small in First 'Ant-Man' Teaser Trailer

January 6, 2015
Source: Marvel Studios

Ant-Man Trailer

"Second chances don't come around all that often…" Paul Rudd has always been great, but it was still surprising to learn that he was taking the lead role in Marvel's forthcoming superhero flick Ant-Man. Rudd has never been an action hero, but you wouldn't know it from this first teaser trailer. It's certainly a teaser trailer, but it also gives us a good idea of what kind of action we can expect from the film. I'm definitely anxious to see more interaction between Michael Douglas as Hank Pym and Rudd as Scott Lang. That'll be what holds this movie together, I think. Take a look below and let us know what you think of this tease?

Here's the first teaser trailer for Peyton Reed's Ant-Man direct from Marvel Studios:

Ant-Man Entertainment Weekly Cover

Don't forget to check out the awesome first teaser poster for Ant-Man right here too.

Ant-Man is directed by Peyton Reed (Yes Man) with a script by Edgar Wright & Joe Cornish, rewritten by Adam McKay and Gabriel Ferrari & Andrew Barrer Armed with the astonishing ability to shrink in scale but increase in strength, con-man Scott Lang (Paul Rudd) must embrace his inner-hero and help his mentor, Dr. Hank Pym (Michael Douglas), protect the secret behind his spectacular Ant-Man suit from a new generation of towering threats. Against seemingly insurmountable obstacles, Pym and Lang must plan and pull off a heist that will save the world. Marvel/Disney releases Ant-Man starting July 17th this summer.

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  • Justin R
    Looks interesting, I've been excited about this for a while. Still wish Wright was with it though.
  • doasis23
    This is the first Marvel Studios movie that I have no interest in seeing.
    • Ryan
      -Blade 3 -X-men The Last Stand -Ghost Rider -Spider-man 3 -Fantastic Four: Rise of the Silver Surfer -X-Men Origins: Wolverine just to name a few that you may have missed
      • rick
        I assume that he's referring to the MCU, like, the Avengers shared universe movies. Those movies you mentioned technically aren't Marvel movies.
        • shane willett
          I agree, there Disney Marvel, not true flawed personalities and extreme ideals. The villains take a back seat in every Marvel movie or they make the bad guy even more flawed to the point its a joke. Not one villain on screen other than Thanos seemed powerful and wanting to fear. I mean this for all the movies, even Foxes Xmen - you had men who belonged in retirement homes playing Villians WTF? Sam Raimi's Spiderman felt like Joel Schumackers films.. Nolan is the true saving grace for men in tights and capes...and villains everywhere...
      • Rauncor
        i cant tell if u like marvel or hate it
      • Tuomas Lassila
        X-men: The Last Stand = underrated Ghost Rider = underrated, but understandable why Fantastic Four: Rise Of The Silver Surfer = little underrated, but understandable why Spider-Man 3 = highly underrated X-Men Origins: Wolverine = underrated Blade Trinity = no comment
        • TheOct8pus
          I don't know....The Last Stand and Spidey 3, as bad as they were, are tolerable....the rest are awful....Ghost Rider? Terrible...
          • Tuomas Lassila
          • shane willett
            Ghost Rider 2 was dope... you cray cray -- the first one was is what it is, I mean no one ever mentions how bad Dare Devil and Elektra are, F4 movies were a pile of garbage- again. Nolan's Batman is the true super hero film, then falls Xmen series, then the Incredible Hulk with Ed Norton,,, finally Guardians made Marvel look good, and the Captain America and Iron Man movies are up and down... like them, but don't love them .. Thor is a joke anything else ? Now comes the next Phase - the Avengers was fun, but i don't like the buffy director playing with my Marvel heroes doesn't fill right... So Phase 3-4 will have to improve - cause to see a group of 38 yr old guys in tights isn't cool!
          • TheOct8pus
            I didn't see Ghost Rider 2....perhaps someday I will. The first one was just crapola.
        • shane willett
          Blade series is the best thing Marvel has done, and that wasn't even done by the bubble gum marvel we know today(Marvel is really Disney).. Disney Destroyed Marvel... like they will with Star Wars... making all the movies: light hearted, edgy and fun!
          • Tuomas Lassila
            But the MCU movies are the best Marvel movies there are.
      • Sean
        ^ None of those are independent marvel studios movies...
  • Dubmaster2010
    Damn Epic!!! I like that new kind of feeling. And truely...Marvel got a talking tree and a Racoon with Guns to beloved All-Time-Classics!!! Ant-Man should be no big task 😀 Paul Rudd (Scott) would be a good new leader ...
  • JBrotsis
    I really liked it! They didn't show a lot of the action or suiting wearing, but just enough to get people interested and to see where the movie can go. I'm pumped especially since this character will have a different dynamic to the movies than the rest so far. One thing I am curious about if we'll see in this movie... In the comics, Ant Man was able to shrink in size but also "grow" to become a giant, like a skyscraper building tall giant (I know he was also called Ant Man/Giant Man in the comics). I wonder if we're going to see that in this incarnation of the MCU's Ant Man or if we'll maybe later see it in Avengers: IW (if he's in it). My fingers are crossed for both.
    • mooreworthy
      Probably later, they don't want to confuse the lay people.
      • Paul Hepburn
        Don't be so hard on yourself
  • Trey Wilson
    Meh. My Spidey senses are telling me Marvel could have its first flop on the way. Looks very average. At least from this trailer. I wish Edgar didn't get fired.
    • Dubmaster2010
      Thats exaclty the reaction i red a thousand times before the release of Guardians of the Galaxy 😀 Now its Marvels third highest grossing Movie 😀
      • Trey Wilson
        Very true. But for the record, I thought all the GotG trailers were awesome. Maybe it's because this one lacked spectacle. Not sure, but it felt very by-the-numbers. I'm sure it'll still make a gazillion dollars because most people on the planet watch Marvel movies.
        • Dubmaster2010
          And i am sure...they know what they're doing. In my opinion all movies of the MCU were great so far. But we have to wait and see :-)
        • Terry Craig
          not planet. US. ya think anybody gives two fecks about captain america in europe? lol
          • Trey Wilson
            Um, yeah, studios now consider US domestic box office grosses to only account for around 40% of total revenue. Plenty of people watch these movies in Europe, Asia, Australia, New Zealand...
          • Terry Craig
            Well, duh, but Marvel's movies specifically are by far the most popular in the US, while many countries have flicks like Thor or Captain america barely in their yearly Top20 box office lists. Just sayin' your statement's quite a big hyperbole.
          • Dubmaster2010
            I am from germany, and nearly all people i know have seen the Captain America Movies and loved them.
          • Alex Moore
            As a brit i sit in a marketing job and an office full of people (like me) that love Marvel including the Captain' series, just because we're not patriotic about it doesn't mean we can't be film fans.
          • TheOct8pus
            People do like Captain America in Europe....he's like a guilty pleasure, like Coke or Hamburgers...
    • Sky
      My hopes are that they are saving all the cool shrinking and action for the actual movie. But those hopes should be dashed within the next couple months.
  • Xerxexx
    I'm in.
  • mooreworthy
    Cool, cool, cool.
  • ari smulders
    liked it....
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  • Terry Craig
    And to think people thought this was gonna be a comedy... This trailer damn near had a Nolan Batman film vibe going.
    • Tuomas Lassila
      Yes but it'll just feel more like a superhero film than Nolans Batman films.
      • Terry Craig
        I'd totally love it if this turned out anything like Raimi's first two Spiderman films. Esp. the second one had a lot of drama going on, but was still funny
        • Tuomas Lassila
          I thought I was the only one who dislikes Spider-Man 2.
    • ryderup
      Trailer =/= movie.
  • blkstar
    Did anyone see the test footage that was shown at SDCC 2012? I believe it was that year, anyway that was the Ant Man I wanted to see. This trailer didn't seem to have the same effect. I'm a huge Paul Rudd fan but to put such a funny character into a serious kind of role just didn't make sense to me.
    • Maxx
      You're right. Robert Downey Jr. was not the right, Paul Rudd, I mean.
      • blkstar
        Did you actually try and compare Downey to Rudd? That right there shows I don't need to say anymore. Feel free to put foot in mouth.
        • Maxx
          I'm glad that your three likes have helped your self esteem. Everyone deserves to feel good about themselves at some point. This life is too short to stand around hating oneself. Now let's get what I meant out there. I think you thought I was comparing their acting ability. Not at all. I was bringing up the huge upset that ensued when Downey was announced as Iron Man. He was a huge gamble. No one thought he could cut it. And he blew us away. By the way, funny guy in a serious kind of role happened there too. He was a frakkin hostage to terrorists in caves. What I was saying was to give Rudd the same chance. Even if he doesn't deliver, I feel no need to put my foot in my mouth because, again, that isn't my point. Before you try to jab someone, be sure to bring your wit. Have a nice day!
          • blkstar
            I don't take anything to heart, I come here to post my opinion and like to engage in the playful argument. I don't post for likes and I am shocked people actually post back to me about what I have to say. Reading your first response, it just came off as if you were comparing the two actors. I'll admit I wasn't thrilled knowing Downey was going to play Stark but I knew he could do it based on his past. Rudd is a great comedian and he has been in numerous movies but I can't think of one that was a serious role. To me these movies do well when they are taken seriously and they do exceptionally well with adding a little comedy to them. I never said Rudd couldn't play the role, I just didn't imagine they would go with an actor who has never played at least one serious role. I'm not a huge fan of Ant Man so non of this really matters to me, but if I am going to have to see Rudd reprise this role as an Avenger later on I just hope he brings what the character needs. So far Marvel has done pretty well, lets just hope they can keep that up.
          • Maxx
            I responded as I did because I meant my comment as a quip to accompany your post. I am known to have a little acid on my tongue so I apologize. You are a champion among commenters. I couldn't agree with you more on that point. Casting a primarily comedic actor as a "hero" is an odd choice. Though he did turn out some good albeit minimal drama amid comedy in the films My Idiot Brother and Prince Avalanche. I am a stage actor and I find that comedians have a stronger command of drama than most. My biggest concern is Peyton Reed as a director. I look at his history and it worries me. I fear that he will use Rudd's comedic abilities for the very reason that you stated. But if they follow the comics right and the situation with his daughter is the same then I am hopeful that they will bring the right tone that Marvel has supplied.
        • Maxx
          And know that I have the utmost respect for you. You have made some good points on previous Firstshowing articles.
  • Payne by name
    I really liked the slow build with the building music in the background as Douglas went through his 'sell'. I also liked the surprise on Rudd's face when Douglas said about being Ant Man and also the final bit about it being too late to change the name. It demonstrates a good awareness by Marvel that being able to go small and control insects isn't that 'sexy' compared to some of the other superheroes. However, I totally respect Marvel for taking a chance and broadening their base. If they can keep with their Avengers fail safe and use that success to encourage tackling something a little less sure fire, then I'm all up for it. I'll be queuing up to buy my ticket.
  • Nash
    First trained dino's, now trained flies? What's next; trained bacteria? Was wrong about GotG though, so I'll postpone my judgement on this one. Don't wanna look like an idiot again...
  • Perry Pijnenburg
    yea alright we're in. But we saw NOTHING! No more false anticipation Marvel.
    Woah...definitely a new look for the MCU. Well, maybe not that radically different, but nonetheless, different. I really liked the transformation. I will definitely be seeing this movie come hell or high water.
  • 800millionman
    The tone of the trailer seems really off. Didn't really generate any interest for me.
    There is nothing interesting in this trailer. I don't even think this is a must watch. The sound's a crap, the idea weak and even the action scenes seem's like Daredevil with some special effects. Ok, first glimpse didn't caught my attention. But it's a Marvel movie, so... let's wait.
  • I reckon if he could shrink that small in real life he'd get used as a sex toy, not a superhero.
    • Reznik
      How would he be used as a sex toy? He's the size of an ant.
      • Michael Douglas would stick him in his urethra and make hime run around or something, I dunno.
        • AwesomeWave
        • shane willett
  • David Diaz
    Wasn't a a trailer guys, just a teaser and that's what it did, tease us. Can't wait to see a full trailer and get a sense of the plot. And you know they realize the concept is a bit wacky with Rudd pretty much making fun of the name
    • Zane
      No holy crap moments means it didn't do it's job very well as a teaser. FAIL.
  • Zane
    So Ant-Man was originally Michael Douglas... passing on the mantle to Paul Rudd. I'm guessing the guy with the "cool guy walk" from Homeland and House of Cards listed as Yellow Jacket on IMDB is the bad guy. This should have been a made for tv movie aka free to watch. Looks boring.
  • Zane
    The visual effects looks like a bad video game too.
  • avconsumer2
    I don't see the draw here. Didn't really see it with the comic/character either though. Shall await reviews I suppose.
  • OfficialJab
    Something about this feels fanmade, and I think it's the crummy predictable dialogue. Liked the quip at the end though, hopefully it'll be like DKR, how no one ever said 'Catwoman'.
    • shane willett
      I immediately thought Daredevil, but then i thought. finally Marvel has something they can rival DC's Green Lantern with.
  • Tuomas Lassila
    For a teaser trailer it was very intense! Loving it!
  • TheOct8pus
    I don't know about this.... the teaser tries to have a serious tone, but every time Paul Rudd says something it's a comedic line, which sounds misplaced.... is it a drama, is it a comedy? I can't tell.... Hopefully the film is better than this trailer...
  • TheOct8pus
    Paul Rudd does pull off the confused look very well....
  • Trey
    This will be a flop....that trailer was very underwhelming...the stakes don't look high and I don't even know if there is a villian or not. Alex change the title from "must watch" to "watch" are doing you site a disservice
  • Tester
    Looks terrible
  • shane willett
    Director was a poor choice, Michael Douglas poor choice, Paul Rudd is only funny when he's complaining about being old... this movie will only be good for the action moments.. which will probably be about 30 mins of the movie.. Studio turned this into another Dare Devil or Elektra movie... finally Marvel will have something that looks good but tastes bad, kind of Like DC's Green Lantern, one hot mess. Should have kept Edgar Wright on board, in exchange you got the Step Brothers director.. that movie sucked !
    • ryderup
      No, you did not get the Step Brothers director.
      • shane willett
        Well i was wrong , Peyton Reed the famous director known for Bring it On... which is a movie that makes me hate MTV even more so than i ever did, is directing this... it will be pure garbage - this guy has made female focused teen comedies ... what happened to this possibly great movie, it feels like a made for TV movie, with the possibility of have as much drama as My So Called Life, plus every movie he has done has gotten a 6.8 or below, and Disney was okay with this... just goes to show you how much they really care.. this project has been messed up since the 2nd script - this will turn out like TMNT: Turtle in Time or Batman Forever if were lucky..
    • Brian Sleider
      Can I use your time machine please?
  • theslayer5150
    For a teaser, it peaked my interest. Plus, you know darn well there will be plenty of other Marvel Universe references throughout the film.
  • Payne by name
    The more I watch it, the more I like it. Although I'm looking forward to Ultron, I do know what I'm going to get from that and hence the anticipation/expectation is different. There'll be some fan pleasing bits, some cool interactions, there could be some are they really dead moments but ultimately, and with the main characters future films already being pushed, no real tension or surprises. I don't yet know where Ant-man is going to go and assuming the next trailer doesn't give too much away, means that when I walk into the cinema I won't be quite sure what I'm going to get. That to me is refreshingly exciting and does exactly what a teaser should do. Build excitement/raise awareness. My interest has been aroused, the assurance of quality is there from a brand that I recognise but I don't know what main course I'm going to be served. I really hope that Marvel have the courage to maintain the film's mystique and provide me with an exciting yet unknown cinema going experience.
  • RAW_D
    I'm cautiously optimistic after seeing the trailer...but not completely sold...yet... But thank CHRIST they cast Paul Rudd!
  • Sean
    Nah. Only Marvel geeks will get this, average Joe's will laugh at the concept
    • mooreworthy
      Talking Raccoon.
  • shiboleth
    I really miss more perspective on female characters. And yeah, why can't they change the name of the hero? It really sounds ridiculous ...
    • Dimius
      That's historically the name of the hero, they're just poking fun at it, no need to actually change the name unless you actually change what defines said hero. People tend to underestimate Ant-Man though, writing him (Pym, Lang, etc.) off as 'lame' and 'useless'. Get ready to watch Scott Lang kick some ass on his way to the A-list.
      • shiboleth
        I wouldn't argue with your historical lesson and didn't want to question the origin of the name in the first place. However, I do side with those who claim that this was rather a real good historical and practical joke to name a hero with the name 'Ant-Man'. But, as I anticipated already, I have no intention to rob anybody of the pleasure they have in it ...
  • Astroboy3000
    I hope Michael Pena becomes a major Marvel character. I love that guy.
    • mooreworthy
      That would be sweet, he is so versitile and extremely talented.
  • ragethorn
    This trailer got the "must watch" treatment?
    • ErrorSapiens
      lol, my exact thought.
  • AwesomeWave
    This is a comedy, right?
  • See You Soon
    I wonder how much of the VFX work, Marvel is sending overseas thus killing the industry I. The very city were Marvel resides. Thnk you, Victoria Alonso.
  • redskulllives
    Really "Must Watch" Ethan stop letting us in on who's balls you lick
  • Christopher Philip Cinquegrano
    Sit back, eat some popcorn kid and enjoy the ride
  • I will watch this movie with my eyes and listen with my ears.
  • Bruiser
    This looks bad...really bad
  • Bruiser
    Between this and the Avengers, Marvel is starting to look mediorcre
  • Jamie Holmes
    This must have been from the bottom of the pile. Omg.
  • Johnny Neat
    Douglas is Pym? Wtf? Problem number one right there. I want to love this, but that's a mistake.




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