That’s a weird title for a film, huh?
But when you brand it as Marvel’s Ant-Man, you immediately see it as a new addition to the ever-growing Marvel Universe of films that find themselves knotting together quicker than a shoelace.
Starring Paul Rudd as Scott Lang, a Master Thief who comes upon a suit that pushes him to embrace his inner-hero.
He finds himself mentored by Dr. Hank Pym (Michael Douglas) who, along with the help of his daughter Hope (Evangeline Lilly), must work with the new Ant-Man to stop a new generation of towering threats.
Marvel are starting to plateau with a sort of formula to their origin tales. Act I establishes our hero, villain, mentor and general threat. Act II moves our hero through their learning phase which may or may not reveal a redemption story, while Act III is a chaotic crescendo of world-ending events with superpowers used that the hero appears to have been born to do.
That’s not to say it’s a bad thing, but the ease with which this can be seen may start to hinder Marvel’s success moving forward.
What makes Ant-Man different to this formula though, is what it adds to it. Yes, the Acts still play out as they do, but this time it’s wrapped around a heist film with the type of wit that made 2014’s Guardians Of The Galaxy such a success.
As the jokes are delivered, you can see why Rudd was signed up to play Lang, his comedic styling fitting the tone of a character who’s trying to find his feet in a world he feels out of place in.
It also helps that he’s surrounded by the likes of Douglas and Lilly who play up a fantastic ‘damaged family’ storyline; Corey Stoll as Darren Cross, former protege to Pym who may or may not be going mad, and Micheal Pena, T.I and David Dastmalchian as Lang’s bumbling ‘Band Of Thieves’, Pena a stand-out as he showcases the diversity of his acting repertoire.
With so many references laid throughout the film, the dream of a unified universe being fully realised, character names are dropped left and right, previous film locations are used to thrilling success and a large drop of plot devices that set-up the next phase of Marvel movies, it’s hard not to be happy with this film even if the Marvel formula is clear.
Because they have so much fun with such a wild new character in a world filled with “conventional” heroes, Ant-Man might just be the weirdness Marvel needs going forward.
While it's nothing new in presentation, it's heist storyline and humour will win you over faster than Ant-Man can shrink!