Learn from Paul Rudd's personal trainer on how he got into Ant-Man shape!

We stopped by FitSpace NYC to meet up with Fitness Consultant Richard Louis to get the scoop on how he got Paul Rudd into Marvels ‘Ant-Man’ shape. He gave us 10 steps Paul used (that you can use too) during his training, talked about how he started reading comics and much more. See how you too can get Ant-Man strong!



Marvel Method: The Ant-Man Workout

Marvel Method: The Ant-Man Workout

**Click here for 10 Steps to Train Like Ant-Man!**

Marvel.com: How did you and Paul meet in the first place?

Richard Louis: Paul was referred to me by my nutritionist, Dr. Carlon Colker, who’s also worked with several actors. Carlon has prepared me for several international body-building competitions; so Carlon referred him to me.

Marvel.com: How did you like working with Paul?

Richard Louis: We actually turned out to be a pretty good match; I like his intensity. He’s a nice guy. He’s funny.

Marvel.com: So take us through the steps of what you showed us and what Paul did with you and what fans could do to get in Ant-Man shape.

Richard Louis: As his conditioning improved, he got stronger — got better; I was able to push him harder. So what I would advise people to do is… The first thing is get in cardio shape because that helps you recover between the exercises because the routine itself is pretty cardio based along with the strength training. So that way you get leaner; you build muscle simultaneously. The whole thing is consistency because Paul still did it for a year.

You can’t just do that and expect within four weeks to look the way he did. He trained for a year. He watched what he ate for a year. And you have to be consistent with it. It can’t just be like a “Eh, I’ll do it this week. Eh, I’ll skip next week. Eh, I’ll do it for the next two weeks and skip a few days.” It has to be a consistent planned out thing.


Marvel Method: The Ant-Man Workout

Marvel Method: The Ant-Man Workout

Marvel.com: Did traveling affect his workout schedule?

Richard Louis: Sometimes I’d travel with him. And when I do travel with him they would search gyms in the area.

Marvel.com: How many times did you guys work out?

Richard Louis: We would train, depending on his schedule, between four and five times a week.

Marvel.com: Paul obviously had the incentive to work out because he was on camera. What reasons would you give other people to get in shape?

Richard Louis: There are a bunch of incentives. You’re going on vacation. You’re going to a wedding. You want to just look better in your clothes. You wanting to look better without your clothes is a big incentive because when I trained as a bodybuilder, the one thing that kept me going was “Okay, I’m going to be standing on stage in my skivvies in front of a bunch of people.”

So you want to look your best. You have the beach vacation coming up. Summer’s coming up. Give yourself small goals and that is what you do and that is what will help you take it through the long-term. 

Marvel.com: Take us through the steps of what we did today.

Richard Louis: So today we started off with the eight-count body builders, which were the combination of a burpee and a pushup in one thing. Then we did the sit-ups followed by the flutter kicks; all done with the sandbag weights, which really adds some intensity. We did a lot of planks, which helps keep your waist very tight. The pullups help accentuate that V-shape because the thing you want… all super heroes have that V shape: the big shoulders, the big back, the big chest. So the exercises, like the pullups, give you the V-shaped back. The overhead presses give you the big shoulders, because he’s not a naturally wide guy, so you had to give him the illusion. To give you that, some people are naturally wide-waisted; but if you broaden out the back and broaden out the shoulders, you really can’t do anything about the hip-structure. But if you change those two things it makes a dramatic change in the way you’re shaped.

So you get that nice V-shape and stuff, a lot of ab work to keep the waist small and tight; a little bit of arm work in-between just to make it add a finishing touch. Because if you’ve seen the scene, you can see his triceps were looking really… you know. So all those things that we did to help, it’s all an illusion. You want an illusion. It’s an illusion you’re looking for. So you accentuate certain body parts to get the look that you’re looking for.


Marvel Method: The Ant-Man Workout

Marvel Method: The Ant-Man Workout

Marvel.com: What got you interested in wanting to train people?

Richard Louis: I just thought this was the best thing and I wanted to share it with people and help people. Because a lot of people out there are intimidated by gyms; they’re intimidated by exercise. They don’t know how to do it. And then a lot of people too are busy. They want to exercise but, you know, “I don’t want to go to the gym and have to think.” That’s when I come in. And I just want to help people and make people healthier and feel better and look better and live better lives. I mean exercise is no guarantee because there are a lot of diseases that are genetic, like cancer. But if you could cut down your risk, you could live a better life. You could be in your 60’s and 70’s and you could still play with your grandkids. You could play tennis better. It translates. Exercise translates into life. You could run better. It cuts back on the risk of arthritis. If you look at America these days, the obesity rate is up there so you’ve got to do something about that. 


Marvel Method: The Ant-Man Workout

Marvel Method: The Ant-Man Workout

Marvel.com: You also grew up a legit comic book fan.

Richard Louis: Growing up, I was skinny. I’ve been like my dad. I was very, very skinny. And I’d look at those guys in the comic books and they all looked jacked. And I was like, “wow.” And I used to draw them. I’d draw them out and “wow, that looks cool, wish I could look like that.” And then at age 16 it was like, “wait, I can really look like that” and that’s when I picked up body-building. Just that look; it sets you apart. Even within my family, an aunt of mine passed several years ago. I flew back for the funeral and as I walked into the house, one of my cousins was like, “Okay, Richard’s here. It’s going to be okay.” And you realize people look to you as the… You look strong so you’re the strong one who will calm everybody down like “Everything’s going to be okay” and make everybody feel better, I guess. So it translated into that. And I’ve always liked the… it was Peter Parker’s Uncle who told him “With great power comes great responsibility.” You have something that sets you apart, you use it to help people.


Marvel Method: The Ant-Man Workout

Marvel Method: The Ant-Man Workout

Marvel.com: So coming from being a fan, what’s it like now being a part of the Marvel universe?

Richard Louis: Oh, that’s like I’m sitting here just getting goose bumps thinking about it. It’s just like “wow.” It’s indescribable. It’s a great feeling. I don’t want to say a dream come true but it’s kind of like that, you know what I mean? You see all the comics and now to actually be a part of it is like, “Holy (expletive).” But it’s really, really cool.

Marvel.com: You’ve mentioned before that you’re a big fan of Dracula.

Richard Louis: Dracula, Morbius, Blade.

Marvel.com: What made you get into those growing up?

Richard Louis: I liked the whole vampire thing too. They’re the bad guys as far as I’m concerned, but the good bad guys. I just like the whole vampire thing and I’ve always liked the Dracula movies. I don’t know if you remember, there was a series called Dark Shadows, where the star was Barnabus Collins who was a vampire. The whole vampire thing I think is just very cool.


Marvel Method: The Ant-Man Workout

Marvel Method: The Ant-Man Workout

Marvel.com: It seems as though comic book shops and gyms have the same thing in common where people are sometimes afraid to go into both places.

Richard Louis: Well, not only that too. We’re almost a kind of underground kind of thing. Cult-y a little bit. And people find that, I guess, weird. Listen. Under all of this, I am a geek. I’m sorry. I am a geek. I love sci-fi. I love comic books. I love video games. I’m a geek. I remember one time my son was complaining, “Oh, people tease me when I say I’m a geek.” I said, “ You know who’s the biggest geek you’ll ever know?” He was like, “who?” I said, “your dad.”

Marvel.com: What would be your advice to people who are kind of afraid to go into the gym for the first time?

Richard Louis: Just go in slowly. Don’t let anyone or anything intimidate you. Do some research before you go so at least you’ll have an idea of what you’re going to do while you’re there. And just go in and get yourself very slowly acclimatized to everything. Pick out something each time you go. “Okay, I’m going to go do these two machines. Okay, next time I’ll add one more.” And just slowly build yourself up. Don’t go in there trying to be thinking you know everything because even I don’t know everything. But just go in there very slowly. Do your research before you go. And just when you feel comfortable. Don’t let anybody push you into it. Find somebody who’s a professional who can guide you. Don’t let anybody bully you into it or “you have to buy sessions.” You go in there and you very slowly get yourself acclimatized and then if you feel like… “Okay, I’m going to seek out the help of a professional who could really guide me.”


Marvel Method: The Ant-Man Workout

Marvel Method: The Ant-Man Workout

Marvel.com: Can you tell fans some of the things you’ve accomplished?

Richard Louis: I am the 2007 Trinidad National Champion. I’m the 2009 Mr. USA and I’ve been to the Mr. Universe twice in 2011 and 2013 where I placed in the top 10 both times.

Marvel.com: Where can fans reach you?

Richard Louis: They could reach me at fitspace.nyc. They could leave a message there or we also have a facebook page. Instagram. Twitter. They can send messages through to Fitspace@fitspace.nyc.

Marvel.com: So if anybody wants to look like Paul Rudd, they come to you.

Richard Louis: They can come to me. They want to look like any kind of super hero. Well, except I can’t make them green like the Hulk… but they could kind of look like the Hulk.

**Click here for Richard’s 10 Steps to Train Like Ant-Man!**

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In a special bonus episode, the EMS crew debut the first look at the new video.

In a special bonus installment of Earth’s Mightiest Show, get a first look at a music video inspired by Marvel Studios’ “Black Panther” by Kendrick Lamar and The Weeknd featuring their song “Pray for Me” with new animation and scenes from the film.

You can watch the new bonus episode of EMS at the top of the page. Click here to watch more episodes of Earth’s Mightiest Show!

Marvel Studios’ “Black Panther” is now available in 4K UHD digitally and on Blu-ray!

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Stars of Marvel Studios’ Avengers: Infinity War visit children’s hospitals in NY and LA!

In celebration of the 10th anniversary of Marvel Studios, Marvel Studios: Hero Acts is donating $1.25 million to provide transformative experiences to strengthen the lives of children impacted by serious illness. The grant will provide $800,000 to Make-A-Wish® to grant life-changing wishes for children with critical illnesses around the world, and $450,000 to Starlight Children’s Foundation to help bring joy and comfort to children in hospitals.

Chris Evans and Tom Holland, stars of Marvel Studios’ blockbuster Avengers: Infinity War, celebrated the announcement with special screenings of the film at New York’s Kravis Children’s Hospital at Mount Sinai in The Child Life Zone and Children’s Hospital Los Angeles.

The grants to both Make-A-Wish and Starlight Children’s Foundation are a part of Disney’s Team of Heroes commitment to reimagine the patient and family experience in and out of children’s hospitals.

Over the past decade, Marvel Studios has been an integral part of The Walt Disney Company’s relationship with Make-A-Wish America and Make-A-Wish International, hosting wish kids on film sets and at events around the world. Nine Make-A-Wish kids attended the April 23rd world premiere of Avengers: Infinity War in Los Angeles. And in December 2017, Marvel Studios and Make-A-Wish joined forces to grant the biggest set-visit wish ever, with 21 kids visiting the Atlanta, Georgia, set of the 2019 untitled Avengers film.

Starlight Children’s Foundation will use the grant to produce more than 26,000 Starlight Gowns – the charity’s revolutionary new colorful and comfortable children’s hospital gowns – featuring artwork inspired by the suits of eight favorite Marvel Super Heroes. Marvel products and a custom Avengers-themed comic will also be added to the Disney hospital care packages that will be delivered to more than 440 children’s hospitals in the U.S. Additionally, earlier this year, Marvel Studios’ talent banded together for a social media challenge and raised $250,000 for Starlight as part of the Marvel Universe Unites campaign.

“We are proud to donate to Make-A-Wish and Starlight Children’s Foundation,” says Kevin Feige, President, Marvel Studios. “It is an honor to make a meaningful contribution to these two organizations that continually strive to enhance the lives of seriously ill children.”

“Wishes are an important part of a child’s medical care. They can have super power-like effects building the physical and emotional strength kids need to fight a critical illness,” says Jon Stettner, president and CEO of Make-A-Wish International.” David Williams, president and CEO of Make-A-Wish America, adds, “Thanks to the support of Marvel Studios, more kids around the world will replace fear with confidence, sadness with joy, and anxiety with hope through the experience of a wish-come-true.”

“Every kid dreams of transforming into their favorite Marvel super hero – and a hospitalized child is no different,” says Chris Helfrich, CEO, Starlight Children’s Foundation. “Thanks to the generous support of Marvel Studios and The Walt Disney Company, tens of thousands of children in hospitals across the country will now have the opportunity to be transformed into Spider-Man, Iron Man, Black Panther and other amazing super heroes with their very own Marvel Super Hero Starlight Gown.”

Strengthening the lives of children with serious illness is a focus area of The Walt Disney Company’s social responsibility efforts. Disney is dedicated to delivering comfort, inspiration and opportunity to children and families around the world. In March, Chairman and CEO Bob Iger announced an innovative five-year plan to dedicate more than $100 million in cash and resources to reinvent the patient and family experience in children’s hospitals.

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The Russo brothers were joined by Robert Downey Jr., Tom Hiddleston, Mark Ruffalo and Tom Holland.

Ahead of the film’s highly anticipated debut in China this Friday, stars from Marvel Studios’ “Avengers: Infinity War” and Marvel fans from around the world visited Shanghai Disney Resort for an exclusive preview at Walt Disney Grand Theatre in Disneytown.

The film’s directors, Joe Russo and Anthony Russo, were joined by stars Robert Downey Jr., Tom Hiddleston, Mark Ruffalo and Tom Holland on the red carpet, greeting fans and signing autographs. Media and fans in the theatre enjoyed a sneak peek of the movie.

Click through the gallery below to see images from the “Avengers: Infinity War” event at Shanghai Disney Resort!

Since its U.S. debut on April 26, “Avengers: Infinity War” has already set several records, including the fastest film ever to cross the $1 billion mark in the box office.

To see the Avengers battle Thanos for yourself (or to go again!), reserve tickets now via Fandango!

Stay tuned to Marvel.com, follow @Avengers on Twitter, and Like “The Avengers” on Facebook for the latest on the Avengers as it develops!

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Two worlds collide!

Tandy Bowen (Olivia Holt) and Tyrone Johnson (Aubrey Joseph) from the upcoming Freeform series, Marvel’s Cloak & Dagger, sat down with the King of Wakanda himself (Chadwick Boseman) to discuss being part of the same Marvel family. Boseman gives the young stars some tips on taking on the mantle of a Marvel super hero and more. Take a look at the videos below!

Witness the King in Marvel Studios’ Avengers: Infinity War, in theaters now, and don’t forget to grab Marvel Studios’ Black Panther, available in 4K UHD today!

Don’t miss Holt and Joseph in action when Marvel’s Cloak & Dagger premieres on Freeform this June 7!

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This crossover event lets Fortnite fans play as the Mad Titan!

Your destiny has arrived! If you’ve ever wanted to don the Infinity Gauntlet and harness the incredible power wielded by the Mad Titan Thanos—now is the time! Epic Games and Marvel Studios just announced a limited time Fortnite Battle Royale mashup with Marvel Studios’ “Avengers: Infinity War” that will introduce the Infinity Gauntlet into gameplay and give players the chance to play as Thanos.

The limited time mashup in Fortnite’s Battle Royale mode begins today, Tuesday, May 8, so don’t wait if you want your chance to play as Thanos! But to harness his power and wield the Infinity Gauntlet, you’ll have to fight for it. The Infinity Gauntlet will arrive on a meteor as the battle begins, and the first to equip the Gauntlet will transform into the mighty Thanos, complete with the Gauntlet’s massive power. Utilize Rare, Epic, and Legendary weapons in this Limited Time Mashup in order to take down Thanos, equip the Gauntlet and claim Victory!

No purchases or downloads necessary to play as Thanos — just your own gaming skills, strategy and a deep desire to cause mass destruction to your opponents! But remember, Thanos’ appearance is only for a limited time, so start playing today!

Wield the Gauntlet. Become Thanos. The battle begins now!

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The deadliest woman in the galaxy celebrated with friends and family!

The deadliest woman in the galaxy has been immortalized on the Hollywood Walk of Fame yesterday! On behalf of the Marvel family, congratulations Zoe Saldana!

“Zoe pretty much owns outer space. I may be king of the world, but she is queen of the universe. Her iconic characters – Uhura, Neytiri, Gamroa – are role models for young women. These are women of courage and integrity, women who are unbound and authentic, women who stand for something,” shared director James Cameron, at the ceremony.

“Having a dream is just step one. Step two: sleeves up, hard work, persistence, passion, perseverance. Fail often and fail forward. If at first you don’t succeed, you dust yourself off and you try again,” explained Saldana. “I learned to love what I do and do what I love and that has been my mantra. From Burger King commercials, to Law and Order episodic, to a ballet movie. I got to be a pirate, an INS officer, a xenolinguist on the Enterprise. I got to be an alien warrior – well, multiple alien warriors.”

Zoe Saldana, most known for her role as Gamora in Marvel Studios’ “Guardians of the Galaxy,” celebrated her nearly two-decade long career with friends and family in Hollywood, California. Take a look at the gallery above!

Saldana can currently be seen in Marvel Studios’ Avengers: Infinity War. Grab tickets to see Gamora, the rest of the Guardians, and the Avengers take on the Mad Titan Thanos here.

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Real heroes. Not actual size.

In the official brand new trailer of “Ant-Man and the Wasp,” Cassie Lang and Luis lay out what you True Believers can expect from the July 6 Marvel Studios film!

The trailer showcases the talents of the Wasp/Hope Van Dyne as she stands as Ant-Man/Scott Lang’s partner. The Wasp isn’t the only formidable powered individual in the trailer.

Get a look at Ghost, the film’s antagonist in the trailer above!

In case you missed it, star Evangeline Lilly debuted the brand new poster for “Ant-Man and the Wasp” yesterday!

From the Marvel Cinematic Universe comes “Ant-Man and the Wasp,” a new chapter featuring heroes with the astonishing ability to shrink. In the aftermath of “Captain America: Civil War,” Scott Lang grapples with the consequences of his choices as both a Super Hero and a father. As he struggles to rebalance his home life with his responsibilities as Ant-Man, he’s confronted by Hope van Dyne and Dr. Hank Pym with an urgent new mission. Scott must once again put on the suit and learn to fight alongside the Wasp as the team works together to uncover secrets from the past.

Follow @AntMan on Twitter and like Ant-Man on Facebook for the latest on “Ant-Man and the Wasp,” in theaters July 6, and as always keep your eyes peeled to Marvel.com!

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Add to your viewing experience by reading these essential comics!

It’s finally here! Read the comics that inspired Marvel Studios’ Avengers: Infinity War with MARVEL UNLIMITED for just $5!* Unlock over 20,000 digital comics to read when and where you want. Use code “042718” at checkout. *Offer valid until 5/7/18 11:59pm ET on monthly memberships only. Offer is open to new and former (now-cancelled) Marvel Unlimited members.

You’ve seen Marvel Studios’ Avengers: Infinity War and you’re ready for more? You’re not alone. Luckily you can dive into the source material to tide you over before meeting up with Thanos again on the big screen next year.

Fascinated with Death, Thanos has always been focused to the point of delusion. See how this recurring desire always seems to comes into play when dealing with the Mad Titan. Here are 7 notable reads that are sure to enhance your Avengers: Infinity War viewing experience.

THANOS QUEST #1-2 (1990)

Jim Starlin and Ron Lim 

Thanos Quest (1990) #1

Thanos Quest (1990) #1

What is Marvel Unlimited?

If you’re going to do a deep dive into the world of Thanos, you might as well start with the man who created him, Jim Starlin. This is Thanos’ origin story, the whys and hows of his Infinity Stone obsession are explained, as is his unending fascination with Death, herself.

Marvel Cinematic Universe spotlight: Fans will be intrigued by story arcs featuring the Collector and the Grandmaster and get to meet more of the Elders of the Universe along the way.

THE INFINITY GAUNTLET #1-6 (1991)

Jim Starlin and George Perez 

Infinity Gauntlet (1991) #1

Infinity Gauntlet (1991) #1

What is Marvel Unlimited?

Thanos just can’t get Death off his mind. The consequences of a love spurned is the decimation of half the population with just the snap of his fingers. The aftermath of his uncontainable rage is an intergalactic battle full of intrigue and betrayal.

Marvel Cinematic Universe spotlight: Doctor Strange and Nebula are key to this story, as is the alluring Soul Stone.

ANNIHILATION (2006)

Keith Giffen and Andrea Di Vito 

Annihilation (2006) #1

Annihilation (2006) #1

What is Marvel Unlimited?

ANNIHILATION is an epic crossover that brings together several characters from across the Marvel Cosmic Universe. If you’re looking for a space opera with a blurred line between heroes and villains, this is the adventure for you.

Marvel Cinematic Universe spotlight: Appearances by the Nova Corps, Ronan the Accuser, Star-Lord, and Drax the Destroyer with a slight change to his appearance from his film version.

THANOS IMPERATIVE (2010)

Dan Abnett, Andy Lanning, Miguel Angel Sepulveda 

The Thanos Imperative (2010) #1

The Thanos Imperative (2010) #1

What is Marvel Unlimited?

The epic culmination of the ANNIHILATION storyline, this follows the Guardians as they deal with Thanos, who is the avatar of Death, while Lord Mar-Vell is the avatar of Life. You can guess how this is going to go, they aren’t exactly going to share pleasantries over tea.

Marvel Cinematic Universe note: This is the first appearance of Lord Mar-Vell—an alternate version of Captain Marvel.

INFINITY #1-6 (2013)

Jonathan Hickman, Jim Cheung, Jerome Opeña, Dustin Weaver 

Infinity (2013) #1

Infinity (2013) #1

  • Published: August 14, 2013
  • Added to Marvel Unlimited: February 10, 2014
  • Rating: Rated T+
  • Writer: Jonathan Hickman
  • Cover Artist: Adam Kubert
What is Marvel Unlimited?

While this storyline doesn’t deal with Infinity Stones, it does highlight Thanos’ madness and what he’s capable of, especially when it comes to avenging the death of his son, Thane.

Marvel Cinematic Universe note: The Black Order is a key factor in these stories and played a crucial part in “Avengers: Infinity War.”

THANOS RISING (2013)

Jason Aaron and Simone Bianchi 

Thanos Rising (2013) #1

Thanos Rising (2013) #1

  • Published: April 03, 2013
  • Added to Marvel Unlimited: October 07, 2013
  • Rating: Rated T+
  • Writer: Jason Aaron
  • Cover Artist: Simone Bianchi
What is Marvel Unlimited?

Here’s how it all began—his tragic birth, oddly passive childhood, and a whole lot of gruesome killings, all leading up becoming the insane Dark Lord we know and love today. To say this is an extremely dark book is putting it mildly. You’ve been warned.

THANOS (2016)

Donny Cates and Geoffrey Shaw 

Thanos (2016) #13

Thanos (2016) #13

Thanos wins and he’s still not happy? You don’t say. I guess there’s just no pleasing people…or obsessive dark overlords. Sadness, tragedy, loneliness, internal existential conflict: thy name is Thanos.

To see the Avengers battle Thanos for yourself (or to go again!), reserve tickets now via Fandango!

Stay tuned to Marvel.com, follow @Avengers on Twitter, and Like “The Avengers” on Facebook for the latest on the Avengers as it develops!

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See the official, full-length 'Ant-Man and the Wasp' trailer tomorrow!

Noticeably missing from this weekend’s galactic-sized release of Marvel Studios’ Avengers: Infinity War were Ant-Man and the Wasp.

In the video above, Avengers and allies alike ponder where Scott Lang/Ant-Man and Hope Van Dyne/the Wasp were when the scuffle with the Mad Titan Thanos went down. Be sure to keep it on Marvel.com as the official full-length trailer will be arriving tomorrow!

As debuted by the Wasp herself, Evangeline Lilly, check out the brand-new poster for Marvel Studios’ “Ant-Man and the Wasp,” in theaters July 6, below!

 

From the Marvel Cinematic Universe comes “Ant-Man and the Wasp,” a new chapter featuring heroes with the astonishing ability to shrink. In the aftermath of “Captain America: Civil War,” Scott Lang grapples with the consequences of his choices as both a Super Hero and a father. As he struggles to rebalance his home life with his responsibilities as Ant-Man, he’s confronted by Hope van Dyne and Dr. Hank Pym with an urgent new mission. Scott must once again put on the suit and learn to fight alongside the Wasp as the team works together to uncover secrets from the past.

Follow @AntMan on Twitter and like Ant-Man on Facebook for the latest on “Ant-Man and the Wasp,” in theaters July 6, and as always keep your eyes peeled to Marvel.com!

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