ByNiall Thorley, writer at
I love Marvel, in specific, Marvel Studios. I like to read fan theories, however ridiculous they may be, and finding Easter eggs is a grand
Niall Thorley

Upon its July release, Ant-Man stunned the non-comic familiar crowd with its deep character development and suprisingly sweet titular hero. I was lucky enough to attend a prescreening the Monday before it was released. Because of this, I was turned into a walking Marvel billboard. I recommended the movie to everyone, because it is a movie made for everyone. I stand and proudly say that Peyton Reed is a master, being able to come in at halftime (developmentally speaking) and make this project into an incredible film.

Hank Pym, Scott Lang and Hope Van Dyne in Ant-Man
Hank Pym, Scott Lang and Hope Van Dyne in Ant-Man

The film starts with Hank Pym (Michael Douglas, who was masterfully transformed to look younger) getting sufficiently pissed off at Howard Stark for attempting to weapon use his formula (The Pym Particle). Later in the movie, Hank tells Scott Lang about his hatred for the Stark family, and now the Avengers. This should create an interesting dynamic between Hank and Scott once Ant-Man becomes a full blown Avenger (which, by my guess, happen in [Captain America: Civil War](tag:994409).

This film is all about relationships. The relationship between Scott and his daughter Cassie, is the central driving force for Scott. The relationship between Hank and Hope is central to Scott's involvement in the film. And Scott's relationship with Antony (247) is just awesome.

What interests me is the choice to change Hank Pym from his comic ways. Typically, the Marvel Cinematic Universe will change characters to fit their own situations, but core elements will stay the same. This is somewhat the case with Hank Pym in Ant-Man, but he seems a little more sinister and desperate. When you think about the way he motivated Scott to become the Ant-Man, you begin to realize that he uses a form of blackmail to do it. He says something along the lines of, "if you do this, you'll see your Cassie again." Great. Now that I've butchered my favorite script of 2015, I can continue. He is basically using Scott's unfortunate situation to his advantage by saying, "if you help me, I'll let you see your daughter, but if you don't, you've gotta wait for 377 days." This is a much darker way of going about things than Comic Hank would have used (besides the whole slapping his wife thing. Sorry, Janet).

Ok cool. Ranking time.

12. Iron Man 2
11. Captain America: The First Avenger
10. Thor: The Dark World
09. The Incredible Hulk
08. Thor
07. Iron Man 3
06. Avengers: Age of Ultron
05: Guardians of the Galaxy
04: Iron Man
03: Ant-Man
02. Captain America: The Winter Soldier
01. Marvel's The Avengers

For your information, that list took a long time to make. Seriously. I'm talking, like, 15 minutes. But yeah. I'll probably change my mind on the order of that list in about an hour. But that's what I think right now.

Well, time for my super official and classy premature ending to my first post. Here we go. I'm tired, hungry, and my butt hurts from sitting in this chair. If you haven't seen Ant-Man, see it, and if you have, see it again. Cause seriously. I mean, it's incredible. Thanks for reading. Except, like, if you read this and then hate it. In that case, sorry for this. Seeya.


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