A few nights ago I went to the latest film in the Marvel Cinematic Universe, called Ant-Man. Like the title already says, the main character is an ‘Ant-Man’. Scott Lang is an engineer but also a great burglar who just got out of prison. On the other hand there is Dr. Hank Pym, a physicist who invented a suit which shrinks the person who wears it into the size of an ant. Pym is very mysterious about his formula and therefore his protégée and now competitor Darren Cross has created his own formula. Hank Pym sees a lot of danger in his plans and therefore needs a burglar to steal Cross’ suit – the Yellowjacket – and formula. This is where Scott Lang and his friends / team comes in. Scott becomes the Ant-Man and goes on a mission.
The superhero films within the Marvel Universe are famous for its humour. The main character of the film is someone who is also familiar for his great humour and comedy films like Role Models, I Love you, Man and Knocked Up. Paul Rudd truly did an amazing job. He’s serious about at least one thing, but in the beginning he sees his mission as this great new and exciting adventure with the outcome to see his child more often. He takes it very lightly in the beginning, but becomes a true hero and not just for Hank Pym. Rudd’s performance gave the film a funny vibe and made it less serious. The more serious Hank Pym is the other main character of the film and is played by Michael Douglas. Of course Douglas is an amazing actor, but Evangeline Lilly – who plays his daughter Hope van Dyne – stands out even more. She’s the one who has a true effect on Lang’s mission and Pym is the person who recruits Lang.
The villain of the film is Hank’s follow up Darren Cross and is played by Corey Stoll. With his looks he can be mistaken for Lex Luthor, who is in fact a character from the DC Comics. He is an interesting person since he really wants to be the next Hank Pym with his new formula, but the way he wants to get there is not really ethical. It was also interesting to hear the name ‘Hydra’ once more, the biggest threat in a lot of other Marvel films. Besides these main characters there is also one very funny guy who only plays a minor role. Michael Peña plays Scott Lang’s friend Luis and the one who helps him with his mission. He’s a really funny guy and makes some comments which makes you laugh out loud. Like in every Marvel film the amazing Stan Lee has a cameo. It’s really short, so make sure you don’t blink. You can also notice that Disney is now the owner of Marvel. You must listen very carefully though when someone whistles one of Disney’s songs which fits perfectly in the storyline and is therefore pretty funny.
Being the Ant-Man is more than putting on a suit and getting into shape. Scott Lang must use his new skills to control his new buddies; the ants. It’s amazing how Scott and his ‘friends’ work together in their quest and how the ants actually look like. There’s absolutely nothing wrong with the special effects. The ants look pretty incredible and the fast switches between Lang’s ant size and human size is well done. There’s one real fighting scene between the Ant-Man and Darren Cross’ Yellowjacket which looks very impressive, since they can both use their shrinking skills. The place where this fight happens is also really hilarious because it’s like two very tiny people fighting on a toy train.
Ant-Man will probably be the first film in an upcoming franchise. It’s a good introduction of Hank Pym and Scott Lang as the Ant-Man. The storyline between Hank and is daughter is an interesting one and might be explored more in a sequel where her character will also do amazing things, like the end credits showed. The difference between Ant-Man and a lot of other Marvel films is the action. It’s only logical the action in this film is limited because of the size of the superhero. But that’s also what makes the film special and more funny. The switch between what Scott Lang sees when he is the size of an ant, and what the normal sized people see is really hilarious. Both the Falcon from Captain America: The Winter Soldier and Stark’s building made an appearance in the film. There were also some conversations about the Avengers and Tony Stark, which were quite funny. Therefore I think it’s probably only a matter of time before we see Scott Lang’s Ant-Man doing business with the Avengers. You can also make this conclusion out of what Luis says during one of his funny, ridiculously long comments.
Ant-Man is for both children and adults really enjoyable. The film is very light, funny and definitely not scary. This newest film in the Marvel Cinematic Universe is a good introduction to this ant sized character and keeps you the entire time interested. In contrast to other Marvel superhero films, “Ant-Man” offers less action. It might be small but the action scenes are both funny as impressive with the use of special effects. Because of the many references to The Avengers, I feel like it’s only a matter of time before we see the Ant-Man doing business with the other superheroes. The most funny characters are Scott Lang and his friend Luis. Where Lang uses a lot of nice facial expressions, Luis says the most funny things! Don’t leave the theatre right away because just like every Marvel film there is this short end credits scene. This one gives the impression we can expect to say a female Ant-Man: Ant-Woman perhaps? Who would like to see that happen?