by Jesus Ibarra
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Ant-Man is another good hilarious Marvel movie that actually blew my expectations and continued to lay the groundwork for the hero stuffed Captain America: Civil War coming next May. Centering on Scott Lang (Paul Rudd) an exceptionally good thief who is enlisted by a retired genius scientist Hank Pym (Michael Douglas) to steal a new super powered suit that will unleash a secret he tried to bury many years ago. Marvel continues to use its tried and proven formula of taking a film genre and injecting its superheroes in it. Here is a heist film wrapped in super heroics and tied to the larger MCU.
I’ll be honest, when I heard that Ant-Man was going to close out Marvel’s phase two, premiering after Avengers Age of Ultron, I was nervous and a bit disinterested. I don’t particularly love Ant-Man or the many characters who have taken that name over the years in the comics. However, with an all-star cast led by Paul Rudd and Evangeline Lilly I was very intrigued. Especially since it was revealed that the movie would feature two of the characters that have worn the Ant-Man suit. And I can say I was really, really impressed. The story is very straight forward, but it is grounded spectacularly by the actors who take a so so script and give it life. The sight gags and physical comedy continues to be Marvel’s strong asset as I was laughing every time. The scene stealing performance for me anyway was definitely Michael Douglas who nails his role as a weary Hank Pym who has to reconcile with his daughter while training Scott to use the suit. Honestly, I would love to see a prequel movie starring him as the Ant-Man back in the 80s. I particularly loved how much they imbued these characters with the strongest qualities from the comic books, and loved the ties to the overall MCU.
Sure, the effects were a bit rough as the shrinking powers were all CGI, but it passed as they used them in the action scenes incredibly well. My only big complaint, and it’s a huge nerd one, is that the Wasp, Janet Van Dyne Hank’s wife, was not in this movie at all. Sure, we get an explanation as to her status in the MCU and a foreshadowing of Hope’s, Janet’s and Hank’s daughter, taking up the mantle with her own suit, but I still think they could have included the Wasp as a hero in this movie. But overall, I was happy and satisfied with this movie closing out phase two and actually want a sequel where Ant-Man and The Wasp co headline as heroes. And as always stay after all the credits for a scene that subtly previews the next Marvel movie Captain America: Civil War.
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