Ant Man (2015)

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Michael Douglas is yet another huge movie star to join the MCU, this time as Hank Pym.  Douglas joined Glenn Close, Robert Redford, Jeff Bridges and eventually Cate Blanchett, Michelle Pfeiffer, Michael Keaton and a bunch of other big time actors with roles in MCU films.

Ant Man falls into the genre of heist films and was initially being developed for Marvel by Edgar Wright.  Wright and Marvel famously had a falling/disagreement on the movie and they parted ways.  Replaced as director by Peyton Reed, Edgar Wright’s shadow was cast over the production.  There were many critics who held that against Ant Man.  I saw several reviews that stated lines such as “what would Wright gave done?”  I always thought that was unfair to criticize what could have been.

Pant Man has some awesomely creative special effects, especially of the shrinking process.  Ant Man looks tremendous and brings a lot of fun.

It also has one of the best, most creative final battles in the third act of any Marvel movie.  The fight with Yellowjacket (Corey Stoll) is small and very personal, even though the stakes are enormous for the characters.  It is a nice change of pace when we get a comic book movie that does not have to try and “save the world” and just have to save family.

The Ant Man vs. Falcon (Anthony Mackie) surprise fight scene, which was rumored to be one of the creative differences between Wright and Marvel, came out of nowhere and was unbelievably fun.  It is another example of how the Marvel movies use their characters to create the feeling of one universe.

Another original part of Ant Man is Louis (Michael Pena) and his penchant for telling stories.  The way the characters in Louis’s stories mouth what Louis is saying, but with his voice is funny and never fails.

The introduction of the Quantum Realm occurs here and it is expected that the Quantum Realm will play a major role in Endgame.

Although he is a minor character, Ant Man is a great addition to the MCU and Paul Rudd’s portrayal of Scott Lang provides a new and unique character in the universe.

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