These are great times for fans of superheroes.
The past few years have seen the materialisation of superhero-themed films such as Captain America: The Winter Soldier, Guardians of The Galaxy, Avengers: Age of Ultron, Ant-Man, and the upcoming Fantastic Four – all of which belong to Marvel Comics.
It must be mentioned however that DC Comics however isn’t very far behind; the DC team is currently building hype for Batman vs Superman, set to be released only next year.
Let’s just say that thanks to this healthy competition between Marvel and DC, we’ll be treated to a handful of superhero (and antihero) films in coming years such as Deadpool, Doctor Strange, Suicide Squad, The Flash, and Aquaman.
Ant-Man marks Paul Rudd’s first appearance as a Marvel superhero, or any superhero at all.
Rudd has been known to frequent comedies and rom-coms, that when he was revealed as Scott Lang, we were all a little surprised. Who would have expected him to play a superhero and take part in the Marvel Universe? Even Rudd himself was surprised, as noted in an interview with Screen Rant.
As this is a superhero whose name is not as recognised as Iron Man or Captain America – you may have heard some quarters going “What is Ant-Man?” or “Eww, who names a superhero after a pest?” – we’re here to convince you why you shouldn’t sit this one out.
Paul Rudd is sugar to your eyes
Let’s be honest. We all fell in love with Paul Rudd’s mesmerising eyes and swoon-worthy smile in Clueless, his bad hair in Overnight Delivery, and his ridiculous charm in the Anchorman films. But one thing that’s always been missing is Paul Rudd playing the bad boy. Good news: Ant-Man solves this problem.
It’s not often we get to see Rudd so ripped (have you seen him in This Is 40?); he apparently underwent an intensive and extensive workout regimen to get in shape for his role. That explains his six-pack in Ant-Man, which is previously almost non-existent in his other films.
It’s actually a pretty fun film
Leave all your worries outside the cinema and let yourself be treated to this bonanza of adrenaline-filled fight scenes, explosions, mind-blowing weapons, ant-allies and science.
Although we admit that Ant-Man may just be another typical superhero movie – conflicted hero seeks redemption, is offered a second chance, eventually saves the day – the film distinguishes itself from the rest by approaching the heist genre, so expect a combo of breaching, breaking in and stealing.
We also loved that Ant-Man took on a story-driven narrative rather than going for the old route of one senseless action scene after another. Thanks to director Peyton Reed, whose filmography includes Bring It On, Down with Love, and Yes Man, Ant-Man is a perfect balance of action, thrills, and comedy that will leave you tickled while you’re on the edge of your seat.
On another note, remember Honey, I Shrunk The Kids and all the fun and terror we got from watching it? Relive that experience with Ant-Man as he shrinks to the size of an ant and we get to see things from his perspective.
It’s part of the Marvel Cinematic Universe, duh.
If you’ve been a loyal follower of the Marvel franchise for the past 7 years, would you want to miss out on any of their cinematic installments? We don’t think so.
Rest assured, fans will not be disappointed as we’ll come across familiar faces and names in Ant-Man: there’s Peggy Carter, Howard Stark, and a fight between Ant-Man and one of The Avengers. We’re not telling you who.
Ant-Man was initially set to open the first chapter of Phase Three in the Marvel universe but this big responsibility was shifted to Captain America: Civil War instead. So yeah, Ant-Man closes Phase Two. Look forward to the much awaited Civil War next year where Rudd will be reprising his role as Scott Lang/Ant-Man alongside the Avengers (yes to more Paul Rudd on screen)!