I went to see the Marvel movie Ant-Man today. I am a long-time comic collector but to be honest, I was always more of a DC fan. Still, Marvel has been doing very well when it comes to the movies. I am hoping that DC will catch up.
Having said that, Marvel made an Ant-Man movie. I’m not sure that everyone was waiting with bated breath for an Ant-Man movie. I had originally expected to see him introduced in the first Avengers movies, as he was an original member in the comics. When I heard they were making his own movie, I wondered why. There are more interesting heroes in the Marvel universe that have not appeared yet.
I was not too worried about seeing it in the theatres, planning more to rent it when it came out. But my son wanted to see it, mainly because of the funny Thomas the Tank Engine scene in the trailers (spoiler alert: that is not even the best Thomas scene in the movie).
What did I think of it? I liked it. It was not exactly the usual Marvel formula. There was not as much action in this movie, although the action there was, was very good. The main super villain did not appear in costume until near the end of the movie (similar to Iron Man). There was a lot more character development in this movie. Much of it was the frustration of Scott Lang as he seeks to be with his daughter, something his ex-wife and her fiance do not encourage.
I really enjoyed the interplay between Scott and Hank Pym (the original Ant-Man) and Hank’s daughter. Michael Douglas did a great job as Pym.
What I really appreciated was that Scott is just a regular guy. He is definitely no Steve Rogers or Tony Stark. He is a plain joe trying to make the best of what life has thrown at him.
One of the highlights were the ants. Ant-Man does not just get small, he controls ants. Those scenes were well done and this power definitely sets him apart from the other Marvel heroes. I also liked the fight between Ant-Man and a certain Avenger (who I won’t reveal here).
Is Ant-Man worth seeing? I am glad that I saw it. It is a pleasant twist on the usual superhero movie. Ant-Man is a great addition to the Marvel shared universe and you should consider seeing it.