So it was recently brought to my attention that Honey I Shrunk the Kids was not the Ant-Man prequel and in fact has nothing to do with the actual Ant-Man...
You can imagine my disappointment considering that I’m a big Rick Moranis fan. His portrayal as Darth Helmet still makes me yell Ludicrous Speed whenever i hit the highway.
But setbacks like this can sometimes lead to leaps forward and with that faithful readers I say: "Let's Talk About" Marvel's Ant-Man.
WARNING SPOILER ALERT. IF YOU DO NOT KNOW ANYTHING ABOUT ANT-MAN AND WANT TO KEEP IT THAT WAY, TOO BAD…
The films premise follows as such:
"Armed with a super-suit with the astonishing ability to shrink in scale but increase in strength, con-man Scott Lang must embrace his inner hero and help his mentor, Dr. Hank Pym, plan and pull off a heist that will save the world."
As a young pup, I never read Ant-man. The animal in me aspired to be more like Wolverine. Never really been into bugs frankly, and I’m sure the feeling is mutual among many. During the summer especially when the coat gets a little shaggy I always got to deal with the little buggers and taking the dip frankly is something I do not look forward to)….And this reason is what makes this whole thing curiously exciting...in a creepy, crawling, omg there all over me kind of way.
You cannot question Hank Pym's weight and contributions in the Marvel Comics Universe, but even so, Ant-Man failed to crack Marvel's 100 greatest comics and isn't usually considered among the most popular characters when you ask for people's top 5. Giving him his own franchise is a risk, but as recent events have proven, sometimes risks come with their rewards. Marvel wants to reward the history of Ant-Man and the characters deep ties to the company with this film many call a risk.
We all know that events depicted in the MCU may differ from those depicted in the Comics Universe. With that said it seems Marvel has taken elements from various Ant Man story lines to weave his Cinematic history. The biggest eyebrow raiser was the choice to got with Scott Lang as the Ant Man that will be running the current timeline while using Hank Prym the original Ant-Man in the comics as a mentor. Rumors say there will be flashbacks to WWII era and the founding of Shield which makes me wonder if we’ll see a young Hank Pym make an appearance on the upcoming Agent Carter series. I like taking Yellowjacket and using that for the villain. Totally makes sense in terms of insects battling for survival.
I think Paul Rudd is fully capable of manning a Marvel franchise. He's an established recognizable face for a character that isn't as popular as some others. The casting carries a fitting vibe and even though he hasn't had a flat out hit, there's a sense that Rudd has earned this chance. He has always been funny and during his run with Will Ferrell in Anchorman he's honed his comedic charm and this should prove a good fit for the likes of Downey and company. Since the 90's he's been making females crush over him and Rudd was seemingly meant for the good guy role so it's will be interesting to him transition into an action hero. Looking back at his filmography, the argument can be made that this has the potential to be his biggest hit to date since Night of the Museum O_o. If you want more proof of his capabilities, look no forward that his brilliant performance in Wet Hot American Summer.
But I'm mostly looking forward to seeing Michael Douglas in a Marvel film.
I’m actually really happy for Douglas. I think he will bring the same charm and weight as Anthony Hopkins does for Thor. Should be a good intereaction between both actors, and it might resurrect memories of Wall Street with Douglas & Sheen.
And let's be serious, this is Michael freaking Douglas..like stab you with an ice pick and black rain all over you while proving his innocence in a sexual harassment law suit Michael Douglas. If there's one thing I've learned over the years from watching film is to appreciate these moments. It wasnt too long ago that Douglas was battling throat cancer. Being asked to star as Hank Pym says a lot about what Marvel thinks of him as an actor and of his accomplishments. Pym in the comics (SPOILER ALERT) founded the Avengers (Marvel Studio's crown jewel), and was responsible for Ultron, one of the universe's greatest villains, and the main antagonist in the upcoming Avengers: Age of Ultron. Suffice to say the character Pym, is responsible for a lot of Marvel's history much like Douglas has been responsible for so much of Hollywood's modern history.
The one rock the boat moment so far has been the "replacing" of Edgar Wright as director with virtual unknown Peyton Reed. Lets be serious, Bring it On is more relevant than The Breakup or Yes Man with Jim Carrey. But after I questioned Gunn's placement as director with barely a career, I continue to whip myself for defying Marvel. They recognize talent but favor cooperation and compliance will be rewarded. There is a specific look/ feel/ vibe/ mold/ whatever and if you don't fit that well then you don't get to work for Marvel. They more than likely saw Reed could execute their vision, stick to a time frame and knock it out with no problems. Wright was hoping to inject his personal flair into the film which deviated from Marvel's intended vision. He had to go, so they made the switch. Now the film is in post, and the first trailer is out next week.
So we can trust the script, trust the talent, i guess we can bank on a winner?? Right? WRONG!! It's going to take more than just a perfect script, Oscar winning actors & actresses with masterful performances, and crazy effects of giant bugs and ants flying around, biting people’s heads off while Paul Rudd rides them like a cowboy and Michael Douglas is all like “If you pull it, you better use it…” …
[Ted whispers into Who's ear]
[Ted continues whispering]
Oh? That’s exactly what it’s going to have?
And that's exactly what we want?
[Ted finishes whispersing]
Oh…Well in that case….never mind. I'm officially giving Marvel's Ant-Man the Shut Up And Take My Money Meme of Approval!
So faithful readers I leave you with some key comic issues to check out to get you in the game. (YES we all know Internet that we should have gotten these comics a billion years ago. My info is for people who are just getting into collecting and may not know, ok Internet? Thanks.).
Please offer your favorite Ant-Man Moments & comic keys so that we all get informed and ready for some ants crawling all over you feeling. Also don't forget to tune into Agent Carter for the Ant Man teaser trailer!
Data Research and Analysis by Ted
Now you can check out the first trailer!