Joss Whedon said that Edgar Wright’s original script for Ant-Man was the “best” and “most Marvel” script the studio ever had. In that regard, it’s immensely depressing that Wright left the project because of creative differences.
In spite of that, though, Ant-Man is an extremely entertaining movie and the “most Marvel” movie (thanks for the phrase, Joss!) the company has made since, I don’t know, the first Iron Man?
To be honest, I’m pretty easy to please when it comes to Marvel movies. They blend action and humor in a way that is right up my alley. I know that all Marvel movies are not created equal, but it’s rare for me to dislike one of their movies. Even a “bad” Marvel movie is more enjoyable (for me, anyway) than most other Hollywood blockbusters.
Ant-Man is one of my five favorite Marvel movies, and it’s leaps and bounds better and more enjoyable than Avengers: Age of Ultron. It’s a return to the charm and appeal that earlier Marvel movies had, before they were required to (a) tell a story, (b) make a billion dollars, (c) set up the next two Marvel movies, and (d) be enjoyable and good and of the Marvel quality. Not too much to ask for, right?
[Also, side note: with recent news that Captain America: Civil War will “set up” Thor: Ragnarok, now is the perfect time for me to shout, “LET THESE MOVIES STAND ON THEIR OWN, MARVEL. PLEASE. THANK YOU.”]
Paul Rudd kills it in the lead role, and the rest of the cast is made up of actors I love (like Corey Stoll, Michael Pena, and Evangeline Lilly, to name a few).
Ant-Man gives me hope that not all is lost within Marvel. I don’t think they’re going to start making bad movies, but it worries me how focused they are on setting up the rest of their releases. Marvel, hear me out: we’re all going to go see all of your movies. You don’t have to sell us on them during other movies. We’ll get there! I promise.
Ant-Man is definitely worth your time. And since he’s going to make his way into the Avengers (and probably other Marvel movies, too, because who doesn’t want Paul Rudd in their movie?!), you have to! You know, for Marvel!