Marvel dropped a new trailer today for its upcoming film Ant-Man and the Wasp, which means it’s time once again to pore over any motorcycle chase scenes to see which models were used. To our surprise, the scenes in the trailer did not feature a Harley-Davidson, which has long been a partner of Marvel, but a Triumph Thruxton R.

Take a look for yourself below. Motorcycles feature prominently at the 0:46 mark and again near the end at the 1:34 mark (along with a giant-size Hello Kitty Pez dispenser).

Harley-Davidson models have long been featured in the films that make up the Marvel Cinematic Universe. Harley-Davidson had a marketing tie with 2011’s Captain America: The First Avenger, making a connection with the film’s World War II setting and Harley’s own history with military bikes. Later films showed new Harleys even before they were made public. The Street 750 showed up in a trailer for 2014’s Captain America: The Winter Soldier weeks before it debuted while the third Captain America film, 2016’s Civil War, had a chase scene in the trailer with a Street Rod which wasn’t introduced until more than a year later. Even Harley-Davidson’s electric Livewire prototype made an appearance in film in 2015’s Avengers: Age of Ultron.

Triumph Thruxton R in Ant-man and the Wasp

In the new Ant-Man film, however, Marvel has decided to use Triumphs, specifically the Thruxton R. Take a look at the screenshot above, and compare it to the photo of a Thruxton R below. The brake fluid reservoir, fork clamp and the headlight mount look identical. Beside the throttle, you can see the mounting point for a bar-end mirror. If you look closely (click to see an enlarged image) you can see the key between the reservoir and instrument dial has a black and white logo on a red field which matches the design shown much more clearly below.

Triumph Thruxton R

Other giveaways include the gold-colored suspension, twin exhausts, front fender mount, rear brake light, tail cover and the stripe that runs the length of the fuel tank with the filler offset to the right. All are a match for the Thruxton R.

What does this mean? For one, it signals the long-standing partnership between Harley-Davidson and Marvel may have run its course. Triumph appears to have taken Harley’s place, though it’s not clear whether this is a one-off arrangement or if the British manufacturer has signed its own agreement with Marvel.

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  • Motonirvana

    Watching that preview was painful. Does Hollywood still make movies for adults? Sad to see the Thruxton low sided.

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      • Alaskan18724

        Thank God for mindless Google yammering. Otherwise, I’d have to join the debate over who’s stronger, Ironman or Spiderman. No, wait–Mary Ann vs. Ginger. No, Jeannie….

    • Jon Jones

      Indeed, Hollywood just gets more pathetic every day. I’m enjoying the implosion.

  • asg21

    pore over

  • lennon2017

    Alternate title/subtext: Triumph pays Marvel more for product placement than TMC is willing. All those bobber sales have them happy to splurge. Splurge on what? Pay no mind.

  • jeff benson

    Always better to go with the older more established marque.

  • kenneth_moore

    Marvel likely wants to associate with businesses that are succeeding. Triumph is setting sales records, HD is closing factories.

    • spiff

      Or they just wanted a cooler bike. The Thruxton is a looker.

    • Douglas

      Sayyed should be weighing in here soon on this…..

  • RMP52

    Now that was pure stupidity– no mater what brand bike they used!

  • Alaskan18724

    Is that “Hello Kitty,” or just a beard’s eye view of Papa Smurf?

  • cr0ft

    Triumph is doing well with the product placement. The Rock will be riding a Triumph Rocket III in “Rampage” as well.

  • Mad4TheCrest

    I wouldn’t read too much into it. Hollywood will use whatever bike looks right for the scene(s). It’s gravy if they get product placement money too.

    • denchung

      See, that’s the thing. Harley had been working with Marvel for quite some time now, and wasn’t shy about making a big deal about it either. The Motor Company had been putting a lot of money into this relationship.

      And then comes this week’s news of Harley’s 2017 financials plus the closure of the Kansas City plant, which may give this change some context.

  • XRayHound

    Nice to see Marvel studios ditching HD for a moto maker that actually has, you know, quality products.