With the success of 'The Avenger's' in 2012,' Marvel has set the bar for action hero films so high that it would be almost impossible for any film to top. The question that I'm sure Disney and Marvel studio Execs are now faced with is, how do you top yourself?
Imagine yourself as a Disney / Marvel Studio Executive a few years ago. You one day find yourself sitting in a board room, staring at this list, which automatically begs the question. Can each of these movies top the next? The answer to that is no in my opinion. So next you have to come up with a strategy to set up the movies that you feel will likely be widely accepted by audiences. Then "sacrifice some lambs" so to speak, for the sake of others.
Here's where 'Ant-Man' comes in to play. I'm not going to sit here and bash 'Ant-Man' because I don't think It was a terrible movie. But I do believe that it wasn't intended to be one of Marvel's epic scale movies as referred to earlier. The problem with this is, Marvel and Disney have gotten us so accustomed to over the top movies, filled with CGI, large scale sets, action and storyline , which in turn makes it difficult to not compare the next movie in line with what was before it.
But, this strategy may be one that was planned.
'Ant-Man' tells the story of Scott Lang, a con-artist/thief trying to "Bring down the establishment." Lang, after doing prison time, is doing his best to try and remain on the right path for his daughter. Things just don't seem any easier for him on the outside. All the while, Scott's friends are continually trying to get him back into the lifestyle that landed him in trouble in the first place.
By chance or maybe not by chance, he meets Hank Pym, a brilliant scientist who decides to offer Scott a chance at redemption. A chance to earn the look of a hero in his daughters eyes.
Hank charges Scott with a mission to become the Ant-Man, and stop interested parties in getting their hands on his creation, the Pym particles. Which leads to some pretty cool scenes in which Scott learns to use his abilities to communicate with ants, shrink and re-grow his body. When small he's like a bullet, super strong and dense. A punch to hard could kill someone, a light punch would feel like nothing.
'Ant-Man' is funny at times and Paul Rudd is definitely "Paul Rudd". The comedy is a little tamed down which makes the movie come across slightly bland. Though, I would expect that from a movie thats soul purpose isn't meant to be a comedy. The action sequences are slightly above average, with Ant-Man battling Darren Cross aka The Yellow Jacket from Pym Technologies, across the city and into Lang's daughters bed room.
With that being said, I think Marvel has come up with the idea that they have to sacrifice one or two movies to keep the ball rolling. The only way to make a movie more epic, is to throw in a movie less epic before it. We tend to compare recent items in our memory. The next item on the docket for Marvel is 'Captain America: Cvil War' which is set to blow the doors off and introduce Spider-man back into the MCU, while also leading us toward the epic showdown with Thanos in 'Infinity Wars.'