For the past two weeks, there has been a deluge of 'Avengers 2' footage - clips, trailers, extended trailers, future trailers! - and we were promised one last reveal last night. While 'Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.' had the night off, ABC ran the Marvel TV special 'From Pulp to Pop,' which looked at the history of Marvel and Marvel Studios. It was mostly a rah-rah, pat-yourself-on-the-back kinda deal, but if you stuck around to the end, we not only got a look at 'Avengers 2' but also our first look at 'Ant-Man' footage.
Now, if you're expecting to see some major reveals or a good chunk of final film, you'll be disappointed. Mostly what we have here is B-roll from both productions as they were filming. But, we do get to see Paul Rudd first encountering his Ant-Man suit, interacting with Hank Pym and some assorted shots of the Avengers in action (particularly a cool shot of Scarlet Witch doing what she does). Will it change the way you think about either of these movies? No. Is it just another breadcrumb fed to us by our Marvel overlords to keep the ravenous hordes satiated and pacified? Yes. Does that matter? No. Are we still excited. Yes.
Considering we've already seen an official 'Avengers 2' trailer, when will an official 'Ant-Man' trailer arrive. Considering 'Ant-Man' is still filming, we'd guess there probably won't be an official trailer until February, possibly attached to 'Jupiter Ascending'. We'd think, for now, Disney's priority is the 'Star Wars: Episode 7' teaser, which is reportedly hitting theaters in mid-December with the next 'Hobbit' movie.
So, does that mean after this Marvel Studios is going dark for a few months? No, new updates on a weekly basis? HA. With 'Doctor Strange' casting up and ready to begin filming in early 2015, plus the first 'Daredevil' footage on the way and 'Captain America: Civil War' casting and 'Captain Marvel' casting and...well, you get it. There will be plenty of Marvel movie news on a consistent basis until we're all deep into the cold, dark ground.
To wit, here is the new 'Ant-Man' synopsis:
The next evolution of the Marvel Cinematic Universe brings a founding member of The Avengers to the big screen for the first time Marvel Studios’ Ant-Man. Armed with the astonishing ability to shrink in scale but increase in strength, master thief Scott Lang must embrace his inner-hero and help his mentor, Dr. Hank Pym, 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.
'Avengers 2' opens in theaters on May 1, 2015 and 'Ant-Man' opens in theaters on July 17, 2015.