On Tuesday night, Marvel sent the trailer for Ant-Man into the world. Ant-Man is the chaser to Avengers: Age of Ultron, and will be released July 17, 2015 (a couple of months after Avengers comes out on May 1).
In the trailer, we are introduced to Scott Lang, played by Paul Rudd, and Hank Pym (the original Ant-Man), played by Michael Douglas. We also witness one of the greatest lines ever written: "I need you to be the Ant-Man."
But one of the most striking things about the trailer is how closely it resembles the trailer for Guardians of the Galaxy. It's as if Marvel made that SNL skit come to life, and simply made an Ant-Man remix of the Guardians trailer.
Here's why you may be getting crazy Guardians flashbacks right now:
Ant-Man and Star Lord (Chris Pratt) have very similar masks and uniforms
The two characters share the same grey-red-metal color scheme. And both have funky masks with red eyes. Here's Ant-Man's uniform:
And here is Star Lord's:
They could be superhero brothers. But this isn't the only similarity. It's actually just the first.
The ab shots
Perhaps the most important step in Chris Pratt's metamorphosis from funny man to movie hunk was the increased definition of his abs. In the Guardians trailer, there is a gratuitous shot of Pratt's abs being doused with water:
In the Ant-Man trailer, there's a similar shot of Paul Rudd's defined stomach which means, of course, he is now a legit movie star. All movie stars have abs:
The mood-killing joke about how silly their superhero names are
Because Paul Rudd is not playing Thor or Drax the Destroyer, he is allowed to joke about how silly the name "Ant-Man" sounds. It comes right after a crescendo in the music and is played to dead silence:
There's also this moment, where Rudd makes a good "huh" face:
And these are similar to Pratt's, "no one knows who Star Lord is" sequences from the Guardians trailer:
Women fighting with hair blowing in the wind
Weird guy with glasses who looks like he knows about science or the universe and lives in a weird lab of sorts.
He's here, too.
Hero being caught breaking the law
So, this might be kind of unfair. Both Scott Lang and Peter Quill are outlaws, and Marvel can't go back and change up stories just to make their trailers different. But, they still look similar:
Pratt looks less remorseful:
The main difference …
is that Peter Quill does not have a flying ant.