Marvel’s Ant-Man will be released in theaters on July 17th. That date is fast approaching and we as movie fanatics (or Marvel movie fanatics for that matter) cannot wait to see what kind of film Marvel has up their sleeves this time!
After changing the script multiple times including the director, Ant-Man did not have much of a positive vibe when finally going in to development. Even when the first teaser trailer was released, fans witnessed a possible disappointment to Marvel’s arsenal of films. The teaser made the film look more serious than what the public was expecting. However, most fears were soon put to rest once the first official trailer was released back in April.
This trailer showcased more amazing footage from the film including Ant-Man’s incredible shrinking ability and technique. Also, we viewed more of his little friends as Scott is seen running and partnering up with ants to take down the films protagonist. Speaking of which… we also received glimpses of the movie’s villain Darren Cross aka Yellowjacket. His suit looks absolutely astounding with the dark yellow and black exterior look.
This film will no doubt be far more CGI heavy than possibly any Marvel film to date. I mean how else are you going to showcase a man or in this case men constantly growing and shrinking while fighting each other and also introducing different species of ants!? Peyton Reed appears to be the right man for the job to take up this “new” Marvel character who will soon become an Avenger. Unfortunately there have not been any reviews released online just yet for the public to see, however there is one major film director named James Gunn (who you may have heard of) who shared his thoughts on Reed’s telling story of an ant-sized superhero:
"Ant-Man may just be my favorite Marvel film since Jon Favreau’s Iron Man (well, maybe excluding one film to which I’m partial)…”
For those of you who are unaware, let’s just say that Gunn is the director who created a lesser known comic book property into one of the biggest blockbuster films in history. That little known film was last summer's Guardians of the Galaxy. Gunn had nothing but positive things to say about this movie. Although I don’t know that it may be the best since Jon Favreau’s Iron Man but it’s a great comment nonetheless (what about EVERY other Marvel film in between!?).
I think what Gunn meant when he said that it was as good as Iron-Man is that this movie is potentially going back to the basics. What I mean by this was that Iron-Man started this whole Marvel Cinematic Universe since 2008. The film Ant-Man appears to be different than the other films from a story perspective meaning that most of the other films AFTER Iron-Man was created to set up future films (Iron-Man 2 anyone?)
We know that this will be the very first Marvel hero in this universe to give us a father and daughter relationship. Based on recent tv spots and rumors, the film will touch on S.H.I.E.L.D. and make slight nods to The Avengers. After all, Paul Rudd will be reprising his role as Ant-Man in next summer’s Captain America: Civil War. However, this movie I don’t believe will DIRECTLY connect to the other films.
Seeing as how the general public may never have heard of Pym Particles or the character of Ant-Man himself, it’s almost certain that Marvel is developing this character from the start rather than wasting precious time fleshing out the future films. It would be very smart for Marvel to make this film solely about Ant-Man rather than trying to incorporate him alongside the other Avengers (that will come later).
A similar example of this was again James Gunn’s Guardians of the Galaxy. Even though it was a Marvel film, there were no DIRECT connections to the other Avengers unless you want to count Thano’s small cameo role. Gunn was wise to stick to just the unpopular characters and in response fans now cannot get enough of a dancing Groot and a loud mouthed talking raccoon named Rocket!
Here is the Full Quote:
“Honestly, the movie is a complete blast! I was so happy after seeing it. It’s never boring for a second and it’s hilarious and warm throughout. It doesn’t get caught up in the webbing of its own science-fiction concept like so many movies do these days, remaining simple and elegant. It’s a part of the Marvel universe without being ruled by that fact. Paul Rudd is nuanced and charming and funny and is a surprisingly natural fit as a modern superhero (side-fact – Paul must be a nice guy, because he and I dated the same girl in college, and yet I still love him). Michael Peña KILLS IT – this movie is going to make him a huge star. My old pal Judy Greer (she was Deadly Girl to my Minute Man in The Specials (film) many moons ago) is great in a small role. And Michael Douglas is awesome. I think all of Peyton Reed’s years directing have led him to making something as deft and nimble and joyous as this; he did an incredible job. And, despite Edgar Wright’s parting from Marvel, his spirit is felt through the entire project, and there is no doubt everyone owes him a huge debt of gratitude. I left the theater incredibly happy. So often I see movies by people I love which are just okay – it’s great to love a movie as much as I love the people who made it.”
There is a lot to digest from that quote but Gunn clearly knows a great film when he sees one. The words “simple” and “elegant” when describing the film is EXACTLY what I want to hear. I don’t know a great deal about this character but quite frankly we do not need a big spiel on Pym Particles or the scientific knowledge that explains how the suit works. Just give me a movie with great characters with good dialogue, a great story, and an overall FUN movie is all I ask for. This film has a lot to live up to if it wants to be in the likes of the original Iron-Man, Captain America: The First Avenger, and my personal favorite: Captain America: The Winter Soldier, but you know what, it doesn’t have to. The film does not need to be in the shadow of the other films. It just needs to be another entertaining Marvel film that will allow us fans to chat away.
I know that this film will succeed no matter what. It’s quite a shame that some people on the internet out there firmly believe that the film will be disappointing. I honestly do not understand why that is. Sure some of the sequels weren’t great including Iron-Man 2, Thor: The Dark World, and for some: The Incredible Hulk. I understand that those films may have been mediocre at best, but after last year’s surprise hit with Guardians of the Galaxy, I truly believe that everyone should be giving Marvel the benefit of the doubt.
This is a new character however in this cinematic universe and one that should be received with open arms. Ultimately, Ant-Man was one of the founding members of the Avengers and should be given a ton of respect. He may not be one of Marvel’s best selling or popular characters but I believe this film will put that to rest. Society saw what happened when Guardians of the Galaxy exploded last year, just wait till Earth’s tiniest hero takes center stage on July 17. You may have never heard of Ant-Man before, but I promise you will KNOW exactly who he is and what he does after watching him lead his ant-army to victory. That much I can assure you.
So what did YOU think of James Gunn’s quotes? Are you MORE excited for this film after hearing what he had to say or are you still on the fence that this film will be awesome? Please share your thoughts and comment below!
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