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Marvel releases ‘Ant-Man and the Wasp’ trailer, and Raleigh-born director is ready to fly

“Ant-Man and the Wasp,” the sequel to 2015’s Marvel Comics Universe installment “Ant-Man,” is coming to movie screens in July.

Today, the trailer reveals a glimpse of the highly anticipated film starring Paul Rudd, Michael Douglas and Evangline Lilly.

It’s the latest movie from Raleigh-born director Peyton Reed, a UNC alum who got his start in the early 1990s making videos for local rock bands like Superchunk.

“If you’d told the 10-year-old me that I’d someday get to direct an ‘Ant-Man’ movie,” Reed said in 2015, “my head would’ve exploded.”

Since then, Reed has become an A-list director of hit movies, including the 2008 Jim Carey “Yes Man” and 2000’s cheerleader saga “Bring It On.”

“Bring It On” happened to land Reed in the middle of a social-media firestorm last year during December’s U.S. Senate race in Alabama. After Republican candidate Roy Moore tweeted “Bring. It. On.,” Reed responded, “You’re not allowed to use the name of my cheerleader movie, you (expletive) pedophile.” Twitter rejoiced.

Reed’s five films have cumulatively grossed more than $1 billion worldwide, according to figures from the Internet Movie Database. More than half of that billion-dollar figure came from the first “Ant-Man,” which grossed $519 million worldwide.

The first “Ant-Man” received favorable reviews, with Rotten Tomatoes rating it 82 percent fresh.”

Rudd is back as the hero. Michael Pena also returns. Michelle Pfeiffer and Laurence Fishburne are also in the cast.

Buzz for the trailer online Tuesday rivaled that of “Black Panther,” the Marvel film that premiered to glowing reviews Monday night. “Black Panther,” the first Marvel film with a black actor as the lead, will be released Feb. 15.

“Ant-Man” Director Peyton Reed on the set of the Marvel film with actors Corey Stoll (Darren Cross) and Evangeline Lilly (Hope Van Dyne) in 2014. Reed, a Raleigh native and UNC alum, directs the sequel, “Ant-Man and the Wasp.” Zade Rosenthal Marvel

David Menconi: 919-829-4759, @NCDavidMenconi

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