For starters this review may contain spoilers for those that haven’t watch the movie yet!
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Marvel really outdid themselves with the new Ant-Man movie, and is arguably the best origin story done by them to date, bringing a fresh perspective on superhero movies. Ant-Man breaks down all that you thought you knew about origin movies and instead introduces the second Ant-Man to don the mantle. This is Marvel’s first departure from the standard winning formula, and it provides a unique spin to an origin story.
There is ample character development for the main cast in the movie, and for the first time in a while we aren’t overwhelmed by a large superhero cast. The human connection found in Ant-Man is the strongest and most relatable in the MCU (Marvel Cinematic Universe). You are taken through the struggles of an ex convict which involve finding employment, acceptance from loved ones, and the temptations of a quick buck. How many of us can actually relate to a “billionaire playboy philanthropist “?
Comedy is always found in the MCU. However, this time around we are introduced to it through scale and perspective play. As shown in the trailers the epic ant-sized battles between Ant-Man and the Yellowjacket are hilarious when seen from a normal sized person’s perspective. Quick jabs at other films and characters in the MCU are littered all over the film. Mention of the flying city, the Avengers, and Iron Man are tossed around freely.
In the comics, Hank Pym (Ant-Man) is notorious for beating his wife in the comics and this has followed him character since then. Marvel boldly addresses the elephant in the room early on, and allows enough time for you to either forget that fact or let it kill you in suspense.
Surprisingly I found myself to be very entertained and educated by the numerous ant facts throughout the movie. This adds a new element to the typical Marvel movie -educational value! The jokes are well placed and timed. The supporting cast in the movie almost steals show such as Luis (Michael Peña) tells his crazy stories.
There are many little Easter Eggs in the movie, and one of them is confirmed in the mid credits scene with Hank and Hope Pym speaking about the Wasp. The post credit, scene that is actually worth waiting for! Unlike the other post credit scenes before it, this is a scene from Captain America: Civil War! The teaser game has been raised once again by Marvel, and they definitely know how to hook in their fans.
Some major differences found in the movie vs. the comics:
The original creator / father of Ultron is none other than Hank Pym, the first Ant-Man. This change was needed in the Marvel Cinematic Universe to make the films relatable for the general masses attending the theatres; as Ant-Man is a much lesser known hero than Iron Man. Honestly, who doesn’t know or love Iron Man?
Also the Yellowjacket was actually Hank Pym in the comics! Over the years Hank Pym has dawned many different identities, – Yellowjacket, Ant-Man, Giant-Man, Goliath, and the Wasp just to name a few.
Overall, this movie is definitely worth spending your movie and time on. You won’t be disappointed and will feel refreshed by the angle Marvel took with Ant-Man.
See you at the war…