As the last film in Marvel’s “Phase 2″ of the Marvel’s Cinematic Universe, Ant-Man marks the end of an era, yet the beginning of a new hero.
The latest film from the Disney side of Marvel, shows down and out thief, Scott Lang (Paul Rudd) being enlisted by legendary scientist Hank Pym (Michael Douglas) to help stop the production of a new weapon that utilises Hank’s shrinking technology the “Pym Particle”, from his Protege Darren Cross (Corey Stoll). Not working alone, Hank and Scott are aided by Hank’s daughter, Hope (Evangeline Lilly), their person on the inside.
Ant-man runs down a slightly different vein to most Marvel films as it feel’s more like a heist film rather than an action, adventure film. It also felt a bit more comedic than previous films. This may have been because of Paul Rudd being the lead. As a generally comedic actor, his presence may have given the film a different feel on the surface, even when you consider the non stop musing’s of Robert Downey Jr as Tony Stark.
The story paces well, watching Scott process what is happening and adapt to his new environment is fun to watch, and you look forward to him getting the wins whilst enjoying the humour of his failings. The character story arcs all flow together nicely, and you can see the development of the other characters helping Scott, which gives the film more depth, beyond the heist story.
Overall I really enjoyed Ant-Man, it was a great film to finish Phase 2 on, and whilst it wasn’t an “A-list” Avenger film, it is definitely one of the more superior solo feature lengths produced to date. The characters are enjoyable, the film paces nicely, and there is some nice easter eggs and cameos to tie it into the wider Avenger universe. I’d definitely recommend it whether you are a comic fan or not.