But this movie is an eye opener in so many ways, from the unlikely star Paul Rudd nailing it as a superhero, to how director Peyton Reed can make a microscopic character seem absolutely explosive on a big screen.
This week, Marvel rolls out what might be its most unusual movie yet: Ant-Man, the story of Paul Rudd getting really tiny and punching people. This Ant-Man is not only a superhero, he’s super amusing. He’ll have to, considering that Ant-Man will be back in action for the very next Marvel movie, Captain America: Civil War.
Through some strained plot mechanics, Lang is recruited by the original Ant-Man, the scientist Hank Pym (Michael Douglas), to succeed him in the suit.
The screenplay for Ant-Man was originally written by Edgar Wright – of Shaun of the Dead fame – with Joe Cornish (Attack the Block) for Wright to direct, but the British helmer left the project due to creative differences. You do not need to have watched any other Marvel movies to enjoy the fun and storytelling in “Ant-Man“.
Marvel’s overused global annihilation storyline always carries with it the danger of fan fatigue, but it’s not rolled out here, meaning that Ant-Man really increases goodwill towards the genre and gets you excited about what’s to come in Doctor odd, Deadpool and the rest.
A familiar face from comedies like Anchorman and This is 40, Rudd dons the superhero suit for the first time in the film about a thief who can shrink in size but grow in power.
Marvel’s new superhero film, “Ant-Man“, comes out July 17. Seriously though, Marvel has created an fantastic universe where all their films are connected as different sequels to one another, even if they are not directly connected.
While hoping to go straight and reconnect with his young daughter, he’s tempted into one last job by his dodgy roommate (a scene-stealing Michael Peña ).
There are also some droll in-jokes at the expense of the Avengers and Iron Man movies.
The second is an interview with Corey Stoll, in character as Darren Cross/Yellowjacket, and he establishes himself as a worthy villain.
Everybody in Ant-Man has daddy issues; whether its Hope’s anger that her father is keeping secrets or Cross’s twisted desire to make the deposed Pym proud of him. “I think that was part of the appeal for them, that I had never done anything like this”. They put all four of them together for the interview, which would be a daunting room under the best of circumstances. Pratt’s approach, which according to Rudd, is when you give up anything which is fun for a year and then you can play a hero.