[Warning: This article and the video above contain minor spoilers for Ant-Man and the Wasp.]
July’s Ant-Man and The Wasp, a sequel to 2015’s Ant-Man (and in many ways, 2016’s Captain America: Civil War), reunites Paul Rudd’s Scott Lang, Evangeline Lilly’s Hope van Dyne and Michael Douglas’ Hank Pym for another size-altering, Quantum-Realm-breaching heist. Also returning is Michael Peña as Luis, Scott’s former cellmate and, as of the events of Ant-Man and The Wasp, his business partner in a new security firm venture.
There’s really no forgetting Peña, whose storytelling skills were introduced in the first movie and are put into overdrive in Ant-Man and The Wasp. In fact, his big moment in the new sequel is so glorious, Marvel chopped it up and threw it in a trailer for the movie.
Partway through Ant-Man and The Wasp, Luis finds himself tied up (literally) in the villainous plot of black market tech dealer Sonny Burch (Walton Goggins). With 50 cc of truth serum pumping through his veins, the affable ex-con can’t help but spill the beans on Scott’s current whereabouts. But first: every single thing Sonny could possibly want to know about his and Scott’s relationship up to that point.
The joy of these sequences — especially the speed-recap of his life with Scott, which serves as a reminder of everything’s that happened in the original Ant-Man — is the pairing of Peña’s roller-coaster voice with the lip-syncing of every character brought in for the ride. The clip above isn’t the entire scene, but it does tease Rudd’s and Lilly’s appearances, in which they nearly crack up trying to follow the tempo of Peña’s words. It’s a blast.
Marvel’s new mode is to soak splashy action setpieces with wisecracks. They’re all “funny.” But in the hands of director Peyton Reed, with a script punched up by Rudd and with actors like Peña attacking lines like Iron Man in a Thanos fight, Ant-Man and The Wasp is beat-for-beat the most legitimate action comedy in the Marvel Cinematic Universe, and the movie with the biggest laughs. If you need some of the yuks immediately, the snippet above has you covered.
Ant-Man and The Wasp hits theaters next Friday, July 6.