Marvel's Ant-Man packed a superhero-sized punch with Paul Rudd portraying the tiny protagonist. With a great story, deep character relationships, and action packed sequences, Ant-Man is a must see. We are going to dive pretty deep into this review and there are spoilers so read on at your own risk. There is a video podcast of our review embedded right below and you can skip the synopsis if you want.
After finding out S.H.I.E.L.D. attempted to replicate his Pym Particles, scientist Hank Pym resigns. The technology allowed him to shrink to small sizes and fight hostile forces while still retaining his full size density and augmented his strength. He feared that it would be dangerous in the wrong hands so he dedicates the rest of his life to protect the secret.
Fast forward to present day, Hank is now estranged from his daughter Hope Van Dyne and was outed from his own company by his protege Darren Cross. Cross who is obsessed with making his own shrinking suit called the Yellowjacket causes Hank to come up with a plan to sabotage the project.
In comes Scott Lang, recently released from prison and trying to straighten out his life for his daughter Cassie. Vowing to leave his criminal life behind him, Scott is forced back into his thieving ways after losing his job. His ex wife Maggie also tells him that in order to see their daughter he is to prove that he can provide stability for her with a job and house.
Scott's friend Luis sets up the job for Scott saying that a rich old man has a safe he can steal from. After using his skills to break into the house and safe, he tells the team that it was a bust. Finding only a "biker suit" Scott takes it and is in for a surprise after putting it on.
After experiencing going small and hearing the voice of a man telling him he can help him, Scott tries to return the suit, only to result in his arrest. Hank Pym comes and introduces himself to the police as Scott's lawyer and offers to help him. In return for getting Scott out and his daughter back to him, he asks Scott to use the Ant-Man suit to steal Cross's technology. It is then revealed he set Scott up to steal the suit, to test his abilities and see if he was worthy take up the mantel. Scott takes the deal and with the help of Hank and an army of ants, he breaks out of the jail using the Ant-Man suit.
He then commences training with Hank and Hope. As one of the tests they send him to steal a device from the New Avengers headquarters where he fights with Sam Wilson. Scott is able to defeat him and steal the device.
Once ready, Scott and his crew go to steal the suit however it was a set up. Darren knew their every move from the start and takes the Yellowjacket suit. All of this leads to a climatic battle between the Ant-Man and Yellowjacket on Scott's daughter Cassie's Thomas the train set. Though the ant army suffers many casualties, especially Scott's friend Antony, Scott beats Darren by going subatomic.
Scott is then thrown into the Quantum Realm and seems to be stuck there. It is a place Hank had mentioned before and that it had taken his wife (known as Wasp) from him. Scott manages to get back to the real world after tinkering with the suit. Paxton, grateful for Scott's heroism helps him get out of jail and to spend more time with Cassie. Hank wonders if his wife is still alive after seeing Scott making it out of the Quantum Realm. The movie ends with Scott meeting with Luis after having dinner with his family, saying that Sam Wilson is looking for him.
If you read the synopsis above or seen the movie, the story is pretty straightforward, but it was a super fun and amazing. Much like Guardians of the Galaxy it really focused on heart and humor while balancing it with great action scenes. The family theme to this was really great and the whole time you are rooting for Scott to fight for his daughter. The same thing can be said for Hank and Hope, whose relationship is mended at the end. The fight scenes were well done and the shrinking scenes were just spectacular. I don't think I've seen anything more interesting and more beautiful than the Quantum Realm. It also opens up a window of possibilities.
The MCU has yet to disappoint when it comes to casting their characters. Everyone in this movie were amazing at the respective roles. Seeing Paul Rudd go from funny man to hero is just amazing. Very much like Chris Pratt's transition from goofball Andy from Parks and Rec to Star-Lord, leader of the the Guardians of the Galaxy.
I also really liked the take on Hank Pym's character where in the comics he was a bit more of a loose cannon. Evangeline Lilly is a natural badass as Hope Van Dyne and Corey Stoll's Darren Cross was a really good villain.
Cassie played by Abby Ryder Fortson just melted our hearts in scenes with Scott and I can not wait to see her again. Luis, Dave and Kurt played by Michael Pena, T.I., and David Dastmalchian respectively; delivered on the comedic relief in this movie. I really hope to see those three again in the future. Judy Greer as Maggie and Bobby Carnivale as Paxton were great too, but I really wanted to punch the latter's character in the face at times. Though Wood Harris' character Gale had short screen time, he had one of the funniest scenes in the movie having to do with a giant ant.
Seeing Anthony Mackie's Falcon was great especially since he had a pretty substantial part. That fight scene between him and Scott was just so great. This was the perfect way to connect Ant-Man to the Avengers. Stan Lee's cameo was pretty funny because his part was voiced over. John Slattery as Howard Stark was good and seeing Hayley Atwell as the lovely Peggy Carter is always a pleasure. I love how they were able to still have S.H.I.E.L.D and Hydra tied into the movie without having it forced in somehow.
Finally, the cameos of Chris Evans as Captain America and Sebastian Stan as Bucky Barnes had all of us in the theater applauding ;and even more excited for Civil War! Ant-Man has to be one of the most interesting characters introduced into the MCU so far and I can not wait to see what Scott Lang does next.
Mid Credits/Post Credits:
In the mid credits scene we see Hank revealing to Hope the Wasp costume he had designed for her. We know she will be suiting up and teaming up with Scott in the future, but the question is how soon? It's going to be awesome and worth the wait though.
Now for the post credits scene. Captain America and Sam Wilson have finally got Bucky (who seems to be in pain) with them and are thinking of who they can approach to help. Cap says they are alone but Sam tells him he knows a guy. The person they are obviously talking about is Scott Lang which would make sense because of what Luis said at the end of the movie. If it plays out in our favor, Scott will go subatomic and into Bucky's robotic arm or whatever is wrong with his body and fix it. He is surely going to play a decent size part in Civil War.
Let's get the obvious ones out of the way first. The New Avengers base. Sending Scott there and having to confront Falcon set it up well for him to work with the Avengers in the future. Scott also tells Hank that he should have asked them to help instead of him, but Hank says he felt that they had a lot on their plate after dropping a city out of the sky. This is a direct reference to Avengers Age of Ultron.
Mitchell Carson who sought to buy the suit from Cross actually got away, taking with him Cross' Particles. He is also revealed to be part of Hydra, so it looks like he will be coming back.
Finally we have a Spider-Man reference at the end of the film. As Luis is giving Scott the "facts" he mentions new superheroes showing up and says,"We’ve got one that jumps, we’ve got one that swings, we’ve got one that crawls up the walls.”
The last one is definitely my favorite. While in the Quantum Realm Scott free falls and if you look closely, you see a silhouette of someone who looks like Janet Van Dyne/Wasp. It comes and goes very quickly, but I am sure she is alive in there. This maybe a very big jump in movies, but in Big Hero 6, Hiro and Baymax go to rescue Callahan's daughter who was trapped in a place between time and space in hyper-sleep. The setting also looked very similar to the Quantum Realm in Ant-Man. So maybe that's what happened to Janet Van Dyne. She is in hyper-sleep and just needs someone to go in after her. We may also be introduced to some Cosmic beings thanks to Scott's discovery of the microverse in the future. There is so much to be excited about.
Paul Rudd is confirmed to be in [Captain America: Civil War](tag:994409) and the side he chooses is obviously Cap's. I don't think he would want to side with Tony who seeks to have heroes reveal their identities, since he wants to protect Cassie. Same would go for Hank Pym. Even though in the comics it takes Bill Foster's death to change sides, this version of him seemed to not agree with Tony's father. It's likely he will side will Cap or be neutral. It also sounds like we are going to be seeing a giant Paul Rudd so that's something to look forward to.
As far as Ant-Man's story, there is so much to just take in and theorize about. My guess is that in sequel, which I'm sure we will be getting, will focus more on the Quantum Realm and saving Janet Van Dyne. Hank sends both Scott and Hope, but not without some complications. It will be cool to see what villain they pick to have an epic battle with. As said in the embedded video, it looks like Hayley Atwell's appearance could a set up for Hank Pym's Ant-Man to be on Agent Carter. That would definitely boosts their shows ratings.
The movie exceeded our expectations and this was a great way to end Phase 2 of the MCU. Even though Captain America is my favorite Marvel hero ever, Scott Lang/Ant-Man has emerged as the most fascinating and epic hero the MCU has put on the big screen. With Paul Rudd portraying the titular hero, I can not wait to see what the future has in store for his character beyond this movie. If you haven't seen it, what are you waiting for?! Ant-Man is a must see! Hope you enjoyed this review and please leave your comments below on what you thought of the film. We'd love to read them.