Ant-Man

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Posted by gmanfromheck (42524 posts) - - Show Bio

With each Marvel Studios film, the pressure to be another hit increases. We’ve come to expect a certain level of quality superhero adventures in the Marvel Cinematic Universe. With all the movies being connected in the shared universe, it gives each film an advantage. Ant-Man isn’t quite as obviously connected. Some have questioned whether or not it will live up to the established standards. The answer is, yes--Ant-Man was a fun and enjoyable action-packed movie.

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As far as movies being connected to the bigger picture, we have seen Guardians of the Galaxy, a movie with very little connection to the others, do extremely well. Like Guardians, Ant-Man focuses on telling its own story in its own corner of the movie universe. Even though the movie mainly takes place in San Francisco, there are some elements that do remind you of that bigger picture. The movie opens with a flashback that really captures your attention. Word of a certain cameo has also been widely revealed. Both cases do serve to strengthen the story and are not merely done to add padding to the movie.

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As an origin story, the movie succeeds in introducing us to all the players and makes us care about them. Scott Lang is not your typical hero. Anyone that’s read the comics knows he’s a flawed character. This is made abundantly clear in the story. He’s not a horrible person but is one that needs to redeem himself. Seeking that redemption is what drives him in the movie. He’s not an idealistic hero like Captain America. He brings something to the table and the situation is exactly what he needs to begin his journey. Paul Rudd handles the balance of comedic moments with a bigger focus on the serious nature of the situation. It could be said this is the best origin movie since 2008's Iron Man.

One of the big concerns going into this movie is the level of comedy. It’s no secret that the Marvel Studios movies have their fair share of humor. It usually brings an uplifting atmosphere to the movies but, at times, it can become a little much. In Ant-Man, it did feel like the right amount.

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Despite this being a ‘solo’ movie focusing on one hero, we get quite the ensemble cast. They do add a lot to a movie about a guy that can shrink and talk to ants. The movie is essentially a heist story mixed with the origin. At the same time, there is plenty of action and suspense. There is also a heavy nature of loss and, of course, pure evil seeping between the scenes.

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The movie also ventures into other themes. We get a great sense of the relationships between fathers and sons as well as fathers and daughters. In the midst of setting up the main story for our new hero, we see plenty of development with the other characters and their relationships with each other.

It's no secret the Marvel movies have been a little lacking in the female characters. Characters like Scott Lang and Hank Pym are greatly fleshed out but it should be noted that Evangeline Lilly's Hope Van Dyne has some great scenes.

You can't have a superhero movie without a great villain, right?

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Corey Stoll adds a nice mix to the movie as Darren Cross/Yellow Jacket. At moments, he does feel a little like your typical mustache-twirling villain but he does provide a nice foil for the heroes. There are different layers to the character. He is clearly motivated but his attempt at carrying out his plans is a little questionable.

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This leads to the visuals. In some ways the shrinking scenes makes it feel like a different and separate movie. You might expect some silly looking visuals but they do a pretty great job making it work without coming across as too cheesy. The battle scenes with Yellow Jacket feel pretty big, even when he and Ant-Man are fighting at a shrunken size.

The movie may not lay heavily in the already established Cinematic Universe; you can see how aspects of this movie will carry over into other ones. There are moments you’ll find yourself leaning forward in your seat to take in every single moment in a scene. You will become aware why this is the “conclusion” to Phase 2 in the Marvel Cinematic Universe. It has a great mix of action, character development, and humor. Each are used at the right moments. Some have said the Marvel Studios films have been constrained to follow a certain formula or are required to have the same vibe. Ant-Man does feel different from the others but, at the same time, you can see how perfectly it fits into the Cinematic Universe. I can't wait to see it again.

And I shouldn't have to tell you, but please stay until the very end. This is a Marvel Studios movie after all.

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#1 Posted by theMightyMODOK (439 posts) - - Show Bio

Glad to hear all the great reviews this has got.

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#2 Posted by Master_Thief (1100 posts) - - Show Bio

Yup especially with the 2 after credit scenes all I've gotta say is

BRING IT!!!

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#3 Posted by Batman3000 (5652 posts) - - Show Bio

3rd comment Wwhoooo!

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#4 Edited by Batman3000 (5652 posts) - - Show Bio

But in all seriousness I'm glad this movie was good

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#5 Edited by RavenVice01 (4408 posts) - - Show Bio

Something tells me that Hope Van Dyne will retrofit Yellowjacket's suit and make herself the new Wasp.

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#6 Posted by SaintWildcard (21784 posts) - - Show Bio

Not even Ant-Man can shrink to the size of my interest in this movie

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#7 Edited by goonage (2085 posts) - - Show Bio

Glad to see that this movie appears to be good, especially after all the controversy.

At moments, he does feel a little like your typical mustache-twirling villain but he does provide a nice foil for the heroes.

This is the only thing that really worries me, since one of my (and other people's) biggest complaints is the lack of proper villains.

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#8 Posted by tparks (11807 posts) - - Show Bio

Awesome. Looking forward to seeing it.

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#9 Posted by ScrappyDont27 (531 posts) - - Show Bio

Glad this is getting good reviews I like Paul Rudd, can't wait to see this next Friday

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#10 Posted by Deathstroke52 (7006 posts) - - Show Bio

Yup especially with the 2 after credit scenes all I've gotta say is

BRING IT!!!

What are the post credit scenes?

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#11 Posted by WastelandMan (8797 posts) - - Show Bio

Yeah, seems like the consensus is that it's better than most people thought it would be. Looking forward to seeing it now.

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#12 Posted by sinikettu (2629 posts) - - Show Bio

Nice to know that it isn't a 'turkey' in the way Thor or Hulk were.

Been planning to go see it.

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#13 Posted by dondave (41752 posts) - - Show Bio

@goonage said:

Glad to see that this movie appears to be good, especially after all the controversy.

At moments, he does feel a little like your typical mustache-twirling villain but he does provide a nice foil for the heroes.

This is the only thing that really worries me, since one of my (and other people's) biggest complaints is the lack of proper villains.

What controversy?

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#14 Posted by Lvenger (36338 posts) - - Show Bio

@dondave: I think he's referring to Edgar Wright's dispute with Marvel Studios and Wright dropping out of working on the movie. I could be wrong though.

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#15 Edited by goonage (2085 posts) - - Show Bio

@dondave said:
@goonage said:

Glad to see that this movie appears to be good, especially after all the controversy.

At moments, he does feel a little like your typical mustache-twirling villain but he does provide a nice foil for the heroes.

This is the only thing that really worries me, since one of my (and other people's) biggest complaints is the lack of proper villains.

What controversy?

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@dondave: I think he'sshe's referring to Edgar Wright's dispute with Marvel Studios and Wright dropping out of working on the movie. I could be wrong though.

I was talking about what @lvenger said. A lot of people were worried about it and some were talking about boycotting the movie.

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#16 Posted by Rixec (463 posts) - - Show Bio

@saintwildcard: People said the same of GotG. And besides, once spoilers come out, people are bound to go, based on what people say about the two post credits scenes. Might just have something big enough to draw people. Besides, this movie is doing something different from the others and is bound to be great on its own.

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#17 Edited by flameboy298 (2805 posts) - - Show Bio

@deathstroke52 said:
@master_thief said:

Yup especially with the 2 after credit scenes all I've gotta say is

BRING IT!!!

What are the post credit scenes?

From what I hear one features Falcon,Captain America

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#18 Posted by dan12456 (3006 posts) - - Show Bio

What are the post-credit scenes about GMan? Come on you can tell us, we won't let anyone know it was you ;)

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#19 Edited by Deathstroke52 (7006 posts) - - Show Bio

@deathstroke52 said:
@master_thief said:

Yup especially with the 2 after credit scenes all I've gotta say is

BRING IT!!!

What are the post credit scenes?

From what I hear one features Falcon,Captain America

Nice

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#20 Posted by Master_Thief (1100 posts) - - Show Bio

@deathstroke52: @dan12456: @deathstroke52: the two credits are

Mid credits:

Hank telling hope about her mother and giving her the wasp suit.

After credits

Cap and falcon find winter soldier tied up. falcon says should we call iron man cap says no. falcon says i know who to call (antman)

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#21 Posted by RavenVice01 (4408 posts) - - Show Bio
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#23 Posted by dan12456 (3006 posts) - - Show Bio
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#24 Posted by gmanfromheck (42524 posts) - - Show Bio

@master_thief: Thank you for using spoiler tags. I appreciate it!

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#25 Posted by the_stegman (40190 posts) - - Show Bio

I hear it was good, but my excitement levels are near zero. Guess I'll have to watch it and find out.

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#26 Posted by RavenVice01 (4408 posts) - - Show Bio

@the_stegman: I'm curious as to how Cap knows about ant-man. I know he has been educating himself but I don't think he would be that familiar about Pym. Agent Carter would. I wonder if season 2 of agent carter will feature ant-man and wasp

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#27 Edited by the_stegman (40190 posts) - - Show Bio

@ravenvice01: I haven't seen the movie yet, so idk, maybe they've met off screen. I'm sure we'll find out.

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#28 Posted by Owie (7175 posts) - - Show Bio

So, I guess ComicVine isn't doing staff reviews of comics any more?

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#29 Posted by AwesomePerson (2767 posts) - - Show Bio

Very glad to hear that this film has been getting good reviews!

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#30 Posted by MAZAHS117 (12537 posts) - - Show Bio

Nice to see another lessor known Hero's movie gettng good reviews. I wonder if MARVEL has another "Guardians" on their hands in terms of a hit.

For those who have see it, where does Yellowjacket rank among the pantheon of MCU villains? Thery're all but unstoppable as a studio, but Villains seem to be the MCU's Achilles heel.

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@ravenvice01 said:

Something tells me that Hope Van Dyne will retrofit Yellowjacket's suit and make herself the new Wasp.

That would be cool if it were based on this suit:

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#33 Posted by flameboy298 (2805 posts) - - Show Bio

Nice to see another lessor known Hero's movie gettng good reviews. I wonder if MARVEL has another "Guardians" on their hands in terms of a hit.

For those who have see it, where does Yellowjacket rank among the pantheon of MCU villains? Thery're all but unstoppable as a studio, but Villains seem to be the MCU's Achilles heel.

More like alot of mixed reviews right now.

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#34 Posted by daredevil21134 (15932 posts) - - Show Bio

Not even Ant-Man can shrink to the size of my interest in this movie

Hahahha.I still don't know how he got a movie before so many others but I'll watch it eventually.

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#35 Posted by Space_Coyote (3209 posts) - - Show Bio

Something tells me that Hope Van Dyne will retrofit Yellowjacket's suit and make herself the new Wasp.

Ooh, I like that idea. I didn't click on master_thief's spoilers. I wanna go in fresh.

We haven't had a "shrinking" movie like this since Honey I Shrunk the Kids which was almost 30 years ago. Plenty of untapped potential there for jokes and action scenes.

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#36 Posted by Lurkero (507 posts) - - Show Bio

This review did not convince me that I should take any of the major Marvel villains seriously. It seems like they are building up to the infinitely war and introducing disposable evils up until that point. Winter Soldier has been the best villain so far while the rest are forgettable.

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#37 Edited by Xrated48 (654 posts) - - Show Bio

It's sad to see another forgettable villian but it sounds like it will be a good movie

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#38 Posted by scavengerFist (1935 posts) - - Show Bio

I'm so excited!!! Skipped watching AoU for this!

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#39 Posted by MICKEY-MOUSE (36712 posts) - - Show Bio

Ehhh...a lot of sites are trashing this movie. Daily Beast called it Marvel's First Big Bomb.

http://www.thedailybeast.com/articles/2015/07/08/ant-man-marvel-s-first-big-bomb.html

Guess I'll have to wait and see.

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#40 Posted by ips (209 posts) - - Show Bio

So the big question: Would Edgar Wright's Antman have worked in the MCU?

It sounds like Marvel knew exactly what they were doing when they parted ways, and it sounds like it's a good thing he left. From all accounts he was focused on making a great comedy/camp movie. At best a Tim Burton Bat-caricature movie and at worst a Joel Schumacher Bat-disaster. Neither would have appealed to me.

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#41 Posted by RavenVice01 (4408 posts) - - Show Bio

@space_coyote: it could happen right after yellow jacket gets smashed by a rolled up newspaper

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#42 Posted by Asgaard (4378 posts) - - Show Bio

@lukehero:

Apparently some reviewers are just exploring Edgar Wrigh exit to justify their claims... More references to the production problems than the movie content...But like you said I'll have to wait and see.

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#43 Posted by Moufino (95 posts) - - Show Bio

So thrilled that this film is actually good!

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#44 Posted by Space_Coyote (3209 posts) - - Show Bio

@lukehero: They haven't all been negative. IGN liked it, though they said Yellowjacket is another lackluster Marvel villain.

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#45 Posted by acekalama (28 posts) - - Show Bio

Not even Ant-Man can shrink to the size of my interest in this movie

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#46 Posted by MysticMedivh (32250 posts) - - Show Bio

Hold on ... if it hasn't been released yet then how's there a review ... or did I miss something?

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#47 Edited by Skit (5292 posts) - - Show Bio

Trying to convince some people to go with me, the reviews so far have made me concerned.

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