First of all, SPOILERS! For those of you that haven’t seen the film, I have a non-spoiler review here:
Anyway, down to business.
Ant Man was a fantastic film. It had some great action sequences, some great effects and amazing humour. It revelled in its comicbook origins, but it wasn’t afraid to break them. Let’s talk about why it was good
The humour was so well done. It really felt like a comedy film. While even Guardians ended with the team flying off into the distance, Ant Man ended with Luis simply saying ‘yes’ before letting his lip quiver like he was about to say something else, and then cutting out. It was amazingly done. Scott Lang delivered some really funny lines and some scenes were definitely suited more towards comedies than superhero films, like that Baskins & Robbins scene where the customer comes in and requests something “hot”.
Connections to the MCU
This film was very loosely tied to the MCU, but also heavily tied, being the first film to feature another hero turning up briefly. Its heavy ties came in with the Avengers facility and the appearance of Falcon, but its loose meant that these scenes were only briefly referenced, alongside Avengers references. This is a true realisation of a comicbook world onscreen, because this is exactly how the comics would go down.
Comicbook Easter Eggs
One of the most out-there easter eggs was so brilliantly campy that I nearly clapped in the cinema at its pure brilliance. It’s from the scene where Darren shows Hank the plans for Cross Technologies. The reference in question isn’t the Zoolander one everyone picked up on, but instead a reference to ‘Tales to Astonish’. It was so fun and as such, it definitely suited the tone of the film. There was a pretty awesome reference to Spider Man. The Stan Lee cameo was the most revitalising and funny so far, especially since his voice didn’t even feature. I did love how the film didn’t care about Cassie’s age. She won’t be becoming Stature any time soon, and that’s fine. I also noticed the red chair in Hank’s house. While I’m aware there were probably more, that’s all I found.
Proper end credit scenes
It’s been a longtime since there’s been end credit sequences done right. End credits sequences used to promise more from the sequel, but ever since the MCU, these have been mixed in with teases for connecting films like ‘Avengers’. In ‘Iron Man’ we got a connecting one (GOOD) , in ‘Incredible Hulk’ we got a connecting one (GOOD), in ‘Iron Man 2’ we got one for a completely different character (BAD), In ‘Thor’ we got a connecting one (GOOD) and in Captain America we got a connecting one (GOOD). Then Avengers came along and introduced the idea of two credits scenes. That one had a tease for the sequel (GOOD) and a funny bit (which, while great, in the scheme of connecting the films, is BAD). Iron Man 3 had a punchline (which I enjoyed, but again, looking at the big picture, BAD). In Thor 2, we got a scene which connected to another character, but it featured characters from the film it was in , so it gets merit points for that (OK). The second scene was a comedy scene of sorts that simply belonged in the film (BAD). In Captain America 2, we got a connecting scene which somewhat featured references to the film it was in (GOOD) but then an end credit scene which should have stayed in the film (BAD). In Guardians, we got two comedy scenes, and while they were both fun and from one of the best MCU films, they didn’t mean anything (BAD-BAD). Age of Ultron featured one scene which, while promising for a sequel, didn’t really deliver anything new (BAD). Have you seen what’s been happening? Slowly, the mid and after credits scenes are getting worse, but Ant Man revitalised that. The first scene was the Wasp scene. This scene was promising for a sequel or even a connecting film (GOOD). The second scene was for a different character film (the next film) and it incorporated Ant Man so that he was technically the focal point of the scene, even though he wasn’t in it (GOOD). Ant Man brought back the mid/after credits scenes with a bang. We also may have an idea of where Ant Man will fall in the Civil War
A theme of family
This movie was about Scott Lang’s Ant Man, but it was definitely more about Hank Pym and his struggles. In the comics, Hank Pym always came off to me as a man who wanted to profit off the success of his Pym particles and make the most of it. He did this by donning various costumed personas. We see this same desperation to continue his Pym particle legacy in this film. It’s about him choosing a suitable heir to the Ant Man suit, which would technically allow Ant Man to be passed down from actor to actor in the Marvel Cinematic Universe. Scott Lang becomes Hank’s son of sorts, a role that villain Darren Cross tried to fill but he couldn’t, ironically because he was too much like Hank. Then we see the direct family ties to the Van Dynes. We see Janet in flashbacks and Hank’s guilt over her death, while we see Hope as the perfect successor to the Wasp suit. It’s all about passing on the torch, and maybe that’s why the movie had such a revitalising feel to it.
Ant Man was a very fun and well-done film. It revelled in its comicbook roots, but differentiated itself enough to not distance non-comic readers. All in all, it’s probably the best film Marvel Studios has put out. A definite 10/10