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Marvel trolls fan with ant-sized 'Ant-Man' trailer

Ant-Man seen in an image tweeted by Marvel.
Ant-Man seen in an image tweeted by Marvel.

You're probably going to be hearing a lot about ants this year, as Marvel's starting to promote their new film "Ant-Man," which comes out just two months after the somewhat more high-profile "Avengers: Age of Ultron." Their year-opening salvo: A not-quite-postage-stamp-sized teaser trailer.

Ant-Man teaser trailer

They promise the full-sized version will show up on Marvel's new "Agent Carter" on ABC this Tuesday, so you won't have to give yourself eye strain or get Jack Bauer to yell "Enhance!" to figure out what's going to happen in the blockbuster after Marvel's next blockbuster. It's an original promotional idea for a character often mocked, with a lot of fans thinking "Oh come on — ANT-MAN?!"

Marvel has six months to make Ant-Man cool, and they've got to get fans back on board after losing writer/director Edgar Wright before shooting. They've got the amiable Paul Rudd as the lead to help that out (he's also set to come back to "Parks & Recreation" during its 2015 season), and it'll likely take more creative leaps of various sizes to make this movie an event.

While it stands in the shadow of "Avengers: Age of Ultron," it follows Marvel's breakout hit "Guardians of the Galaxy," which was one of the studio's biggest moves to date into less-explored comic book territory. "Ant-Man" doesn't have the Star Wars-esque hook of "Guardians," but Marvel's shown so far that they can make pretty much anything cool.

Take a look back at some of the early peeks at "Ant-Man," including some proof-of-concept video brought to you by director Edgar Wright.