I'm not disappointed with the trailer... because I think that any trailer for a movie about Ant-Man would suck He's just a character that doesn't work at all. I really can't get why Marvel keeps insisting on having him around. For me, this character is the one total misfire among Marvel's Silver Age characters.
I really fear that this movie will bomb... On the other hand, I expected Guardians of the Galaxy to bomb, too.
Wait, Evangeline Lilly is in this movie?
Hence why I was expecting them to do a little more to showcase the non-sucky aspects of the character. Yes, shrinking is, on its own, a pretty lame power but he is supposed to be able to grow to great sizes as well, and his partner, Wasp, is sort of like the Angel Salvatore character from X-Men First Class. That combination would have, at minimum, be needed for me to believe wholeheartedly have good feelings about the movie. Neither the writer (the new one after Edgar Wright left) nor the director can inspire that confidence in me.
On the other hand, I never did believe it was a great idea to have Hank Pym be the behind-the-scenes mentor and the Scott Lang version of Ant-Man being the active hero. A little behavioral controversy would have made it more interesting, plus...I kinda don't like Paul Rudd. It just embarrasses me to watch any movie with him in it. Plus he's like in his 40's and it seems like someone younger and more spry would be better as a hero who's very physical on his own (unlike Iron Man, where the suit does all the work). And no offense to any fans of her, but I just don't find Evangeline Lilly attractive, like, at all. It feels like all the parts were there on the table and they picked almost all the wrong ones and left out many of the right ones in constructing the movie.
I take that back, actually. Let it never be said that I disagree with the idea of it being a heist movie; I mean, honestly, can you really think of any Marvel hero better suited for this kind of stealthy stuff than Ant-Man/Wasp? I know they always say, "Oh, it's not a superhero movie, it's (fill in the blank with random movie genre) with superheroes", so if they're trying to follow that formula, yes, Ant-Man is the MCU's 'heist' movie (not my favorite, by far) with the perfect person to be the one leading the heist. If they just said one of their upcoming movies was going to be a heist pic but didn't tell me which hero was going to head the feature, I might have been pretty bummed, but this just fits perfectly.
That being said, they're going to have to work hard to make the stakes seem high enough for this to really fit with the MCU if they even think they might have him be a recurring character. If the best thing he can do is shrink and ride around on a flying ant, we might not want him hanging around during the Infiniti War, y'know? But having him going back and forth between Giant Man and Ant-Man sizes and teaming up with his second-generation Wasp, that I'd happily follow into Phase 3. As it is, we're kind of at the point where we'd be paying for our tickets on a gamble about whether or not those key things are going to be in it. I'm still going to see it, regardless (but the next trailer is going to have to knock my socks off to convince me to see it in 3D), but I really wouldn't mind giving them a few more months to work on it and get it just right (or as good as it can be) considering the changes and the rushed production...but more than anything, I would much rather this have been the one that came right after Avengers 1. I mean, after riding the high of 1.5 billion in box office amazingness, they could have shown anything they wanted and still made at least a billion. Instead that all went to Iron Man 3 which pissed off everyone so much, nothing they've released since has made any more than about half of IM3's gross. Plus then that would have given time for IM3 to maybe be a little better if it had come out after. Oh, a comic book fan can dream...