Sometimes costume changes include pretty significant alterations to the look and vibe of superheroes. Batman gains or loses some bat-nipples, the X-Men move from black leather to color, Thor gets a haircut—all notable adjustments. This is not one of those times.
Above, you can enjoy a look at Paul Rudd’s Scott Lang, a.k.a. Ant-Man, as he appeared in the first film. A nice combination of the classic comics image and an updates to account for what would and wouldn’t look stupid on camera in the 21st century, it gets the job done, if by “the job” you mean “cover Rudd’s body with something that looks like a costumed hero but also conveys that whole ‘shrinking power’ thing.” Now an official photo from Ant-Man And The Wasp has been released, revealing the new suits worn by Lang and Evangeline Lilly’s Hope Van Dyne, a.k.a. Wasp. The results are not exactly stop-the-presses newsworthy:
Since Ant-Man’s suit is barely different enough to merit acknowledgement (and is even closer to the look he was sporting in Captain America: Civil War), let’s focus on Wasp. (Though we had gotten a glimpse of the incomplete suit before, this is the first time the complete costume has been seen.) This is a fairly distinct suit than the one teased in the mid-credits stinger at the end of Ant-Man—a lot less colorful, and more of an efficient streamlined aesthetic. Also, if this one has wings built into it somehow, they’ve been discretely stowed away, like the foldable seats in the back of a minivan, or retracted into a more compact version of Buzz Lightyear’s wing storage. It’s probably for the best: Otherwise the character would constantly be getting stuck in doorways, her wings bumping up against the frame and hampering the ability to quickly vomit onto evildoers to entrap them in honey (that is 100 percent a power they’ll give her, right?) until the police arrive. Take a look at the earlier suit below, and decide which one you think is superior.
On the plus side, the new suit comes equipped with neck protection, meaning Wasp’s head won’t be immediately severed from her body the moment she activates the Pym particles and shrinks down. It still seems like she’s going to have an emotional reaction when her supposedly gone-for-good mom appears (Michelle Pfeiffer is cast as Janet Van Dyne, who was last heard of disappearing into the sub-atomic Quantum Realm), but unfortunately, superhero suits aren’t equipped to handle lightning-fast changes of mood. She won’t be joining Ant-Man in Avengers: Infinity War (though she is set to be in Avengers 4), so her co-headlining film will mark the debut of the newly less-colorful Wasp.