How “Ant-Man” Will Connect To The MCU

One of the big reveals of the “Avengers: Age of Ultron” junket this weekend was the second trailer for Marvel’s “Ant-Man” which the studio has confirmed will be going online on Monday.

Marvel Studios chief Kevin Feige premiered the trailer and also spoke about how the film, which marks the official end of Marvel’s ‘Phase Two’ plans, fits into the Marvel Cinematic Universe. Despite its strange release placement, Feige tells Slashfilm that its not an afterthought of a project. In fact, it offers a thematic bridge between “Avengers: Age of Ultron” and next year’s “Captain America: Civil War”:

“It’s not [an after thought]. The truth is the phases mean a lot to me and some people but…Civil War is the start of Phase Three. It just is. And Ant-Man is a different kind of culmination of Phase Two because it very much is in the MCU.

You meet new characters and you learn about Hank Pym and his lineage with the MCU over the years. But at the same time, it also picks up the thread of Age of Ultron in terms of heroes – major heroes, Avengers – coming from unexpected places. Whether it’s prison in the case of Scott Lang or being a very disgruntled Sokovian Twins as Wanda and Pietro are in Age of Ultron. And in that way it connects a lot.

Also, Hank Pym’s attitude towards Avengers, towards S.H.I.E.L.D, and kind of the cinematic universe in general, is much more informed after the events of Age of Ultron, and in a certain way, before the events of Civil War.”

“Ant-Man” is currently slated for a July 17th release, check back tomorrow for the trailer link.