In what direction does Marvel go for their most recent movie, considering the recent delivery of a movie that has the biggest, craziest, and most epic battle of superheroes?
They go smaller. And not just a little smaller, we’re talking tiny. Not only does Marvel’s Ant-Man feature the most diminutive of all their beloved characters, but the film itself feels a whole lot smaller than its predecessors, which is actually a good thing. It’d be impossible for each successive Marvel movie to get bigger, louder, and more jam-packed with new faces, which is part of what makes Ant-Man such a nice change of pace. Sure, you’ll still get plenty of chases, brawls, explosions, and colorful chaos, and a full-bore, butt-kicking, sci-fi action flick.
Scott Lang (Paul Rudd) is new to the MCU; hence it makes sense to have a background story. An ex-con, a devoted dad, and an all-around nice guy, he becomes forced to take up his old habits in an effort to make some money and provide for his adorable little girl.
He finds a mysterious outfit after cracking a particularly tough safe and quickly comes to realize that the suit can make him turn super-small at the press of a button. Dr. Pym (Michael Douglas), who has also been keeping an eye out for Lang, promptly enlists him for a mission: steal a (different but similar) super-suit from an evil madman who wants to sell it to the highest bidder. Oh, and Scott also gains the power to control ants. Yeah. It’s pretty cool, especially when he’s in “small” mode.
Aside from Rudd’s low-key, funny, and typically charming lead performance, Ant-Man offers a generous batch of entertaining performances from every other key cast member. One of the most interesting and probably appealing things about Ant-Man is that, while it will certainly appeal to loyal Marvel fans, it also works surprisingly well as a standalone movie. You don’t need to know anything about the last several films, the gigantic cast of Marvel characters, or what planet Thor comes from to enjoy the fast-paced, character-based, and appreciably energetic goings-on in Ant-Man.
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As the final film in Marvel’s “Phase II” chapter, Ant-Man might not be the most earth-shattering superhero movie to hit the screens recently, but it’s certainly one of the slickest, sweetest, and funniest. And that’s certainly good enough for us.
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