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Marvel’s Ant-Man is here and we have it covered down to the smallest detail here on ComiConverse!
We are now living in the golden age for comic book movies, with lesser known characters getting chances at big franchises.
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Marvel have shown us that smaller heroes can work on the big screen most recently with Guardians of the Galaxy, which blew expectations with its overall quality and family-friendly elements.
This current trend caries on in the next outing in the Marvel Cinematic Universe (MCU) with Ant-Man, an intriguing character who can shrink and talk to insects. This might sound strange to non-comic fans, but it actually works in the modern movie world.
Ant-Man might seem like a small film to many, but that is not the case. It feels like the biggest spectacle this year; with brilliant visuals and touching story ideas that prove that Marvel has got their secret movie formula right yet again.
It features some of the best effects in the Marvel Universe with realistic ants who come together in the unique sequences to keep you on the edge of your seat.
The movie was not meant to be a game changer for the MCU, which is fine because it did not need to be, with Civil War around the corner. Instead this film focuses on deep character development, making this the most emotional outing in recent times for Marvel fans.
With the ability to shrink in size but grow in strength, a noted con-man must help his mentor protect the secret of his Ant-Man suit and pull off a heist that will save the world.
The film is basically set up like a heist film, with Scott Lang and his crew doing their thing, but there’s a twist. Lang, aided by Hank Pym, agrees to use miraculous new technology to save the world from great danger.
This might seem like just another Marvel movie, but Ant-Man feels like the most unique film in this franchise with awesome new takes on the superhero world.
I would love to see future movies would tackle the back stories of Hank Pym, because he is one badass in the story, with so many interesting tales to tell. Michael Douglas gives us a modern day Dr. Emmett “Doc” Brown from Back To The Future.
Paul Rudd plays Scott Lang aka the Ant-Man, who assumes the role so naturally that he is sure to draw to comparisons how Robert Downey Jr. is owned Tony Stark. Rudd steals each scene with his cocky elegance, which makes the movie feel like so much fun. If Rudd’s comedy was an experiment, it has proven to be a successful one.
Michael Douglas plays the scientist Hank Pym – the original Ant-Man. An older, wiser version of Scott who stakes out the moral high ground for the crew.
I do want to say that the character development between Hank and Scott is an aspect of story-telling we haven’t seen before, with the comedy often hitting belly-hurting levels. There’s also some backstory explained in the film about Hank, that we won’t spoil here.
Evangeline Lilly is Hope Van Dyne, the daughter of Hank Pym and Janet van Dyne and a senior Board Member of Pym Technologies; who helps Darren Cross take over the company. Lilly kicks so much ass in this role, training Scott and even getting into some romantic space. She is so much fun in this role. Hopefully we will see her in future movies.
Corey Stoll plays Yellowjacket (Darren Cross) the evil new owner of Pym Industries, who wants to create the world’s first army of shrinking soldiers. Yellowjacket could actually be the best villain yet in the MCU due to Stoll’s brilliant portrayal in this film.
Michael Peña, T.I and Wood Harris also appear in this film as supporting cast members who do their best with the plot and offer the comedic relief to good effect.
Ant-Man is the best marvel move since Iron Man, with immense action, a fresh comedic tone and a brilliant cast who all come together in a truly epic summer movie. I have to say that Peyton Reed has delivered the best film in the Marvel Cinematic Universe.
Marvel fans will be pleasantly surprised with Ant-Man this year because it goes into the heart of these superheroes in a way that previous films have not explored.
This movie proves that Marvel can make any character work with the right direction. Hopefully future moves follow this trend at giving lesser known heroes the chance they deserve on the big screen.
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