Paul Rudd runs with the insects in new photos from Marvel's 'Ant-Man'

.@Marvel shows off new @AntMan images, featuring Paul Rudd, @EvangelineLilly and Michael Douglas in action

Marvel Studios' upcoming "Ant-Man" hopes to pack as much of a superheroic punch as its recent hit sequel "Avengers: Age of Ultron," only on a smaller scale.

A much smaller scale.

"Ant-Man" stars Paul Rudd as the titular hero, who is able to shrink down to the size of an ant using a high-tech suit.

To stoke fan interest, Marvel has released a dozen new photos detailing Ant-Man's interaction with his insectoid namesakes and also offers a closer look at some of the film's costars, including Michael Douglas, Evangeline Lilly, David Dastmalchian and Corey Stoll.

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Not only does the scale of the action appear more miniature, but the images also give a sense that the film itself will be a smaller, less-crowded affair than other recent Marvel films, which have often featured seemingly dozens of characters competing for screen time.

Of course, this is only the beginning of Ant-Man's moment in the spotlight. Rudd is already set to reprise his role in next year's "Captain America: Civil War," and could very well end up in the next "Avengers" sequel.

"Ant-Man" also stars Bobby Cannavale, Michael Peña, Clifford "T.I." Harris and Judy Greer. Fans will also want to keep an eye out for familiar faces from the ever-growing Marvel Cinematic Universe.

"Ant-Man" opens July 17.

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