I have to say out of all the movies that have come so far from Marvel Studios Ant-Man was one I was worried about. Not that I don’t care for the character more the premise of the character. Yes, he was one of the founding members of the Avengers but I had serious reservations that the fans that were not comic fans would not take to him the way he does to us. And yet, Marvel has done it again. Any fears I have had were vanquished with this single movie.
It is 1989 and the original Ant-Man, one Dr. Hank Pym played by Michael Douglas, has left S.H.E.I.L.D. and not on the friendliest of terms when he discovered they planned to use the particle for more offensive purposes. Obviously, this did not sit well as he had less violent uses in store for it. Taking his research along with him, Dr. Pym has started his own company and continued to conduct research with the ‘Pym’ particle.
Fast forward 25 years and we meet one Scott Lang saying his goodbyes to his fellow inmates (in a rather pugilistic manner). After serving his time for theft he is a free man …to work at Baskin Robins …briefly. Anyways, after losing his job and being denied permission to see his daughter, what’s a man to do but revert back to what he is good at “…breaking into places and stealing some $#^%!” Enter Hank’s house and the item of theft, The Ant-Man suit. Hilarity ensues from this point going forward. From the second Scott dons the suit he learns that there is a new level of weird added to his life.
Scott gets freaked out from being shrunk down to the size of an insect, to returning the suit to Dr. Pym’s home, getting arrested, breaking out of jail with help from Pym, to being asked to break into Pym Industries to steal the Yellow Jacket suit created by Darren Cross, aka the Bad Guy making deals with HYDRA (yes, even they get a cameo) and once protégé of Dr. Pym, and save the world. Standard specs of any hero …not really but you get the idea.
What I Liked
The concept of Ant-Man is definitely a unique one. Creating a suit that allows you to not only be able to shrink down to the size of an ant but also communicate and control all different varieties of ants is one I would never have considered to be formidable, but Marvel knows how to deliver. To do this there was more than a little special effects used. I am tired of movies that focus only on effects and gloss over story (this was one of my fears for this movie) but Marvel has yet to drop the ball on this. They kept the story going strong while dazzling the audience with the special effects they crave.
Also, a part of Marvel Studios arsenal has been their expert use for humor. Yes, these are action/Sci-Fi-ish movies but they do not deter away from the power of laughter (apparently they take the term ‘comic’ books literally). It was certainly the back bone of the movie, especially the scene with Lang and Falcon.
Which leads me into the third thing I liked about the movie:
The Marvel Universe is notorious for crossovers. It is not uncommon to have Spider-man show up in Fantastic Four comics or Wolverine appear in Hulk comics (that was how Wolverine was originally introduced in the first place) and that is a tradition that still lives on in the movies. There is an epic battle between Ant-Man and Falcon at the new Avengers Headquarters in upstate New York. Why are they fighting you ask? Same reason that Iron Man and Thor fought: misunderstanding. Even the interaction between the two characters is reminiscent of that same first meet.
What I Dislike
I can’t really say I didn’t like it but I would rather have had Hank Pym as Ant-Man as opposed to Scott Lang even though he does later wear the suit. I get why it was done like this but up until this point the majority of Earth’s superheroes have been the originals from the comics: Tony Stark, Steve Rogers, Bruce Banner, etc. Granted, Guardians of the Galaxy were the later line up as well I just would have liked to seen Pym as Ant-Man first. Again, not really a dislike I am just a purest at heart.
Ant-Man is the start of a new phase for the Marvel Cinematic Universe. The role he will play along with the others to follow in the next couple of years is going to blow all our minds. We have not been disappointed yet and I don’t see it happening.