In fact, Rudd helped co-write the script, adding his trademark sense of humor and giving this adventure film a comedic twist.

The continuation from the Marvel Cinematic Universe film series can be seen through the return of past characters such as Howard Stark, Peggy Carter, and Sam Wilson/Falcon played respectively by John Slattery, Hayley Atwell and Anthony Mackie.

In addition to Rudd, Ant-Man stars Evangeline Lilly (“LOST”, The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies) and Michael Douglas (The Game, And So It Goes) and brings a founding member of The Avengers to the big screen for the first time. Meanwhile, he’s trying to be a better father, but his ex-wife and her new husband aren’t too keen on his unsavory past and try to keep him from seeing his daughter. Instead of money, he ends up stealing a suit that has the technology to shrink in scale and increase a person’s strength. Surprisingly, the characters that really steal the show are Scott Lang’s ragtag and slightly dimwitted trio of friends. Douglas is commanding in the role, and his chemistry with Rudd and Evangeline Lilly (who plays Pym’s daughter Hope) provides the film’s strong framework.

Well, it looks like Marvel Studios isn’t ideal after all.

Sadly, Ant-Man doesn’t have an identity.

Stan Lee is one of the more recognizable faces in Marvel movies.

The problem is that all of the Marvel and Avengers references in the movie felt very forced and misplaced.

“It was important to have a guy like Paul take you into this weird world of Ant-Man“, says Reed. “A while ago I’d had sort of a general meeting with Marvel…And…I came in very definitively saying I want to be a villain”.

They make for a cute couple helping this be the most outright fun you’ll have at a superhero movie in a long time. Considering this more serious trend in the genre, it’s refreshing to see the new Marvel production Ant-Man embracing its light-hearted premise.

On paper, it may not seem like a sure-fire hit – and if you factor in its turbulent production, the movie would be easy to write off. The direction by Peyton Reed (YES MAN, THE BREAK-UP) falls a little flat, lacking a lot of energy, as we are treated to the normal training montage and subsequent hiccups in the final plan.

Much of the credit for making “Ant-Man” work goes to Rudd, who manages to convey both rugged heroism and boyish enthusiasm at Lang’s newly acquired superpowers.