Kevin Feige On How Ant-Man Fits In The Marvel Cinematic Universe

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Yesterday, Marvel unveiled a new trailer for Ant-Man at an Avengers: Age Of Ultron press event and it was the talk of the town. Well, for at least a little while.

Lately, Marvel has been solely focused on promoting their Avengers sequel. It makes it seem like Ant-Man is an afterthought.

"It’s not [an after thought]," Marvel President Kevin Feige assured Slash Film. "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," Feige explained. "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."

That new Ant-Man trailer will arrive online tomorrow.

Armed with the astonishing ability to shrink in scale but increase in strength, con-man 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.

Marvel's Ant-Man hits theaters July 17, 2015.