Marvel has added a new superhero to its already enormous arsenal – meet Ant-Man, a superhero who can shrink down to the size of an ant, and carry 50 times his own weight. In this new flick, ex-con man Scott Lang (Paul Rudd) must help his mentor, Dr Hank Pym (Michael Douglas) save the world by donning the shrinking super-suit and pulling off one hell of a heist.
For something of a gamble, this film doesn’t disappoint: despite a slow start, with perhaps too much set up, the film really gets into its groove when Scott and Hank start working together. They have great chemistry and sarcastic, witty banter, particularly shining when Hank is teaching Scott to become Ant-Man, and this, coupled with clever direction and a matching soundtrack, makes the film feel like a super cool heist movie. Which it is. Hank and Scott’s respective relationships with their daughters, and a brilliant supporting cast of Scott’s con friends, sets Ant Man apart from the onslaught of superhero movies that we’ve seen over the last 12 months.
Not that Ant-Man doesn’t scream Marvel Studios. Besides the traditional cameo from Stan Lee, Marvel’s science side shows through with the Ant-Man suit working because of the Pym Particle, a revolutionary science which works by shrinking the space between atoms. But it’s not a science overload this time, and it feels realistic because of that.
And-Man’s fantastic cast is led by Paul Rudd, who plays the shrinking superhero himself. Through him, Scott Lang feels very real and human – his sarcasm, awkwardness, love for his daughter and down to earth personality make him a far cry from the ‘genius playboy millionaire’ types that we’ve seen over the years. Michael Douglas’ Hank Pym is also enjoyable, his eccentric millionaire air combining well with his care for his daughter, wife, and also for Scott. It will be quite interesting to see their mentor relationship develop further.
So, where does Ant-Man sit in the Marvel Cinematic Universe? Well, it seems that Scott Lang will definitely be involved in Marvel’s next big one, Captain America: Civil War, as Paul Rudd has already been announced to be in it. Ant-Man can confirm this; a few poignant mentions of the Avengers, and a few utterly exciting scenes that I won’t spoil, all point to Ant-Man being a recurring character in the MCU. Fingers crossed.
After starting off production with a few dramas (for example, the director and story having to be replaced right before production), Ant-Man is finally Marvel’s new success story. With a cool, different plot, an awesome cast, and strong, affecting characters, I’m excited to see how this latest instalment will affect future Marvel movies.
Also, here is my list of 5 brilliant films which include the stars of Ant-Man:
- Clueless – Paul Rudd
- The Hurt Locker – Evangeline Lilly
- Basic Instinct – Michael Douglas
- Anchorman – Paul Rudd
- Friends – Paul Rudd