Marvel's Ant-Man movie has the unpleasant position of having to follow up The Avengers: Age of Ultron this summer. But listen up folks, has Marvel disappointed you yet? Do you recall the number of naysayers that were hitting the message boards before the Guardians of the Galaxy movie? Lemme tell ya there were more than a few.
Ant-Man as Comedic Relief Movie
The doubters about the Ant-Man movie aren't the only thing that makes this movie similar to Guardians of the Galaxy either. There is little doubt going in that the Ant-Man movie is going to be a comedy. Just as Guardians of the Galaxy had James Gunn as its director, the Ant-Man movie has Paul Rudd and Peyton Reed. So brace yourselves now, but yes, like Guardians of the Galaxy, Ant-Man isn't going to be an overly serious affair.
And I, for one, think this is perfect timing for the Marvel cinematic universe. The Avengers Age of Ultron is surely going to leave things in a super dramatic state of affairs, no matter how their behind the scenes videos want to lead us to believe it was all a fun time at the Marvel rodeo...
The Ant-Man Initiative
There are three things that are very much assured with Marvel's Ant-Man movie. One: you are going to laugh. Two: you are going to see the birth of Ant-Man. Three: you are going to see the birth of Wasp. If you are hoping to see Ant-Man suiting up to join forces with the Avengers, I recommend you press play on this movie trailer that combines The Avengers Age of Ultron with Ant-Man. I assume it's the closest you're going to get.
Actor Bobby Cannavale has told the press that the vibe around the set of this Ant-Man movie was similar to the improv-heavy sets of previous Paul Rudd comedies like Anchorman or I Love You, Man. This lightness is exactly what the Marvel Cinematic Universe will be requiring after the events of Avengers Age of Ultron.
As they say, every action calls for a re-action and Paul Rudd's Ant-Man movie is the same reaction that was required after the events of Captain America: The Winter Soldier. There's only so much devastation and destruction one can put up with before they realize that something like Ant-Man is the exact kind of comic relief they need.
The Indie Ant-Man Movie
Just like James Gunn, Ant-Man director Peyton Reed is the kind of indie-sensible director that has spent years carving out his own little stake in the movie world before getting called up to the superhero big time. Just because this first name doesn't start with Edgar and his last name isn't Wright doesn't mean Peyton Reed's movie isn't going to kick all sorts of ass.
If you're a fan of 90's indie rock bands, you might even recall that Peyton Reed was a director of music videos like a personal favorite of mine: Superchunk's Driveway to Driveway.
Just like James Gunn did with Guardians of the Galaxy, Peyton Reed is going to deliver a much needed straight-up comedy with the Ant-Man movie. It's going to be very interesting to see how the Marvel Cinematic Universe will continue to expand and who the overlords at Marvel and Disney will pick to direct the likes of Black Panther and Captain Marvel.
What do you think? Is [Ant-Man](movie:9048) a future Avenger just waiting for the Infinity Wars? Will Wasp end up overshadowing Ant-Man? Let your voice be heard in the comments below !