Warning: potential spoilers for Marvel's Ant-Man and the wider MCU below.
First of all, I'll apologize for the lack of, well, anything at all, really, in terms of my profile recently. I've just made it through my practice exams weeks, and when you mix exam stress with teenage anxiety something truly, truly awful happens.
Usually, this results in lack of Moviepilot posts if you are indeed a Moviepilot creator. So, here I am (again) ready to rant to you all about the up-and-coming superhero movie that is Ant-Man.
Seeing as (in the UK at least) the awesomeness of [The Avengers: Age Of Ultron](tag:293035) no longer graces our cinema screens, we're sorta stuck in that awkward period where we don't have much of a clue what to do. The most popular option among members of the superhero fandom is obvious - hype the absolute heck out of the next superhero fix you'll be getting.
And of course this post is going to do just that. Without any further ado - here are ten reasons why Ant-Man is gonna top all of the solo-superhero movies so far:
(Yes, including Iron Man's.)
1. It's freaking Ant-Man!
If you're not an avid reader of Marvel's more page-based publications, then you probably won't know too much about this character's backstory. Fun fact: this dude is a figurehead in the Marvel Comic Universe. Like, a big one. He's also a pretty big piping-hot mess. I mean, he'd have to be - he invented this dude:
So yeah, you get the picture? He's a founding member of the Avengers and his actions are actions that tend to shake the whole of the comic world up every now and then - so it's gonna be great to see him brought to the big screen.
2. Scott Lang!
Controversially, the protagonist superhero's not-so-secret identity in this film will be Scott Lang, and not the original Ant-Man Hank Pym. For those who don't know, Hank Pym is the most popular Ant-Man comic-wise, and it was Mr. Pym that invented the homicidal toaster that is Ultron.
Some fans are unhappy about the fact that we're not gonna see Hank Pym in the main suit, but personally I'm happy about it. Why? Mainly because, y'see, Hank Pym's a genuinely horrible, nasty guy.
In the comics, Scott Lang is a thief who steals the Ant-Man suit to save his daughter from a fatal heart condition. Noble stuff, huh? Meanwhile, Hank Pym is a cheating, alcoholic, wife-beating genius who has split personality disorder. You seeing why I prefer Mr. Lang in this scenario?
Hank Pym will appear, however, in the shape of Michael Douglas, as Scott's mentor and supposed inventor of the Ant-Man technology.
3. A Relevant, Well-Embedded Storyline!
Now that we're a fair way into the grand scheme of things in terms of the MCU, it's fair to say that Ant-Man can't afford to just be a movie that's completely irrelevant to wider happenings in its respective world. I'm gonna be on the lookout for cameos, and I'm expecting some pretty awesome easter eggs too.
(Please reference Iron Man, please reference Iron Man!)
Rumor has it that during the post-credits scenes, we'll see Ant-Man making his way into Cap's Civil War Team. More on that later in this post..
4. Awesome Action Scenes!
Tying into the fact that the MCU is now well-established, the directors and actors both know there's now a bigger-than-ever demand for all kinds of superhero butt-kicking action. Luckily for us, this leads to the stunt choreographers and such creating even better action scenes than in previous films. Cool stuff, huh?
What's also great is we know, via set pics from [Captain America: Civil War](tag:994409), that Marvel is now moving away from entirely-CGI action scenes like those in the Avengers films. As an example, here's a set picture from Cap: Civil War including a bridge which has been smashed through by an adventurous truck.
This just means that the action parts are going to feel much more real now - I feel like the entirely-CGI aspect in the latest Avengers film made the movie feel a little weightless.
5. Hank Pym!
Okay, so while this dude does have a ton of issues, he's got a charm of his own kind. As I've said, he'll be playing an older mentor - perhaps as a way of trying to redeem himself - for Scott Lang, and Mr. Pym will have seemingly invented (or at least co-created) the Pym particle tech/Ant-Man suit.
He'll be played by Michael Douglas, and word on the street (well, not street, but internet blogging community) is that we might be going to get to see a flashback to an older super-squad involving Mr. Pym, Howard Stark, Janet Van Dyne (The Wasp) and Peggy Carter herself.
What's also potentially awesome is that we might be going to get to see Hank Pym suit up at the end of the movie, perhaps in time for the final boss-battle type thing with the antagonist that is Yellowjacket. You may be asking yourself: 'what backs up this theory?' Well, see for yourself:
Check the bottom right corner of the box. That's right! LEGO recently released a promo of their new Ant-Man set which includes not one, but TWO Ant-Men! One, however, is not labelled merely as Ant-Man - it's Hank Pym in a different super suit! Here's to hoping we'll get to see Michael Douglas kick some bad-guy related ass this July.
6. A Falcon Cameo?
After months of truly awkward Falcon-type silence, it's finally been said by the folks over at Heroic Hollywood that:
"Falcon is in Ant-Man in a few key scenes."
This not only helps to almost confirm a lot of speculation and rumors, but ties in with the theory that Ant-Man will very much associate with the wider MCU. It means Anthonie Mackie gets a bigger role in the grand scheme of things too, and also helps to tie all the super-powered people together! Go Marvel! And, as it turns out, the awesomeness doesn't stop there...
The post-credits scene (meaning the one at the very, very end) is said by the same guys at Heroic Hollywood to go a little like this:
Captain America and Falcon have tracked the Winter Soldier to a remote location. The Winter Soldier is tied up. Falcon asks Cap:
Should I call Stark?
Falcon responds with:
I know who to call.
This implies Ant-Man.
So, does this mean we'll get to see Paul Rudd's superhero team up with Falcon and Cap at some point? I don't know, about you guys, but I'm definitely gonna stick around to see the post-credit clips.
8. The Wasp?!
That's right, it's possible we'll see the Wasp tech appear in the Ant-Man film. It employs the same technology, only the suit has shrink-able (is that a word?) wings, and comes equipped with a different color scheme.
We know that helping to mentor Scott Lang will be Hope Van Dyne, the child of who's supposed to be the original Wasp - Janet Van Dyne. We know that she's good friends with Hank Pym in the movie, and is trusted enough by him to let her help further educate Scott.
The mid-credits scene is supposedly gonna show a conversation between her and Hank Pym, where Hank tells the story of her mother, and passes the Wasp suit on to her. Awesome.
9. Ants! (Um, duh.)
Woohoo! Because when an Iron Man suit isn't enough... you're gonna need ants. And a heck of a lot of 'em. Luckily for Mr. Lang, this movie comes well equipped in terms of insect allies to telepathically communicate with.
I'm looking forward to seeing how Marvel will incorporate the whole new size dynamic into their films - it's a risky step, and judging by the trailers - it looks like it's a step that's going to pay off.
So it's clear that Marvel had wayyyy too much fun designing the costumes for this film. I mean, I think Loki's whole reindeer-games look even pales a little in comparison to this slick super-suit. And hey, what's a top ten list without a bad guy?
I think that, seeing as Marvel has a track record of creating somewhat, uh, lousy supervillains, that this guy could be the first one to seriously leave a mark on the watcher's mind. If you haven't seen the trailers, you're both stupid and in for a treat, because this dude looks as if he's about to seriously mess stuff up for our shrinking superhero.
So, there you have it folks - the spoilerific top 10 list of why I think Ant-Man is gonna be the best solo super-film out there come July. What do you guys think though? Take the poll, and be sure to leave your thoughts in the comments! And hey, if you feel up to the challenge - become a creator and create your own post about it.
Until next time folks!