Viewers who sat through the premiere of ‘Agent Carter‘ on Tuesday were also treated to a first look at the teaser trailer for Marvel’s upcoming ‘Ant-Man’ feature. Aside from the fact that it’s based on one of Marvel’s lesser-known comic properties, the movie has also been eyed cautiously by fans due to the production’s behind-the-scenes turmoil. Now that the trailer is finally here, how do you think it looks?
If you follow entertainment news at all, you’re no doubt aware that original director Edgar Wright (‘Shaun of the Dead’), the man who convinced Marvel that Ant-Man was a viable character to make a movie about in the first place, left the project last year just prior to shooting due to “creative differences” with the studio. Those creative differences are widely assumed to be about making the movie less idiosyncratic and molding it to blend better with the rest of Marvel’s Cinematic Universe. After a widely publicized search for a replacement, Peyton Reed (‘Down with Love’) was eventually selected to take over directing responsibilities.
I have nothing against Peyton Reed. I quite enjoy his cheerleader comedy ‘Bring It On’, and I think he might have been a fine choice to develop a property like this had he been involved from the beginning. However, as a last-minute substitute, it seems unlikely that he’ll have much opportunity to impose his own voice on it. More likely, he’s just there to enact the will of the studio.
As for the trailer… well, aside from the joke at the end about changing the name, it looks surprisingly dour and serious and self-important. I expected something more light-hearted and comical and fun like ‘Guardians of the Galaxy’. I can’t say this does much to excite me, but it is just a teaser trailer after all, and perhaps it’s giving off the wrong tone.