By Okema “Seven” Gunn
Ant Man is a sci-fi superhero action film that is part of the 12th “Marvel Cinematic Universe”. Paul Rudd takes up the helm as Scott Lang, the mischievous Tech thief. Lang’s claim to fame was pulling off one of the biggest heists in history. Lang steals the Ant-man suit from billionare, scientist Dr. Hank Pym (an ex-SHIELD compatriot). Lang is put through a trial to see if he has what it takes to be Ant-Man. Afraid of the suit, Lang returns it to the house where he broke into. The police arrive and Lang goes to jail once more. Pym gives Lang an ultimatum…. stay in jail or use the suit to escape.
Eventually, Dr. Pym (Michael Douglas) uses Scott Lang, turning him into a good guy via the Ant-man suit. Dr. Pym and his daughter, Hope (Evangeline Lilly), train Lang to help them take down Darren Cross (Corey Stroll), infiltrate Cross Industries, and destroy the plans for Project Yellow Jacket. Scott Lang gathers his team of vagabonds and thieves (T.I., Michael Pena, David Dastmalchian) to assist Dr. Pym and Hope, to save the world from the secret of the Pym particle getting into the wrong hands .
Small points of Interest-
1. Who is Ant- Man in Marvel Comics? I hadn’t really heard too much about Ant-Man until now. Maybe they tucked him away for such a time as this. In the film, he is associated with trying to steal from the Avengers. Segway into next film…Falcon (Anthony Mackie) will be looking for Ant-Man…
2. He’s Single Sexy and Smart. Scott Lang has a Masters in Electrical Engineering and specifically chosen by Dr. Pym. He’s divorced and trying to prove to his little girl that he can be a great dad. Ant-man has met his match with Hope Van Dyne, too.
3. Cool Ant-Man Suit…. and boy Michael Douglas; you look great after what you’ve been through. The power and determination behind the suit is ability to be a leader among the ants. Pym (Douglas) developed the suit and used it to spy on the USSR during the Cold War. Consequently, Hank Pym’s wife, Maria (Wasp) was killed when she went subatomic to try to stop a nuclear missile from entering US soil. From then on he never stopped researching to try to find a way to get her back. Learning to shrink and grow is a skill that the wearer of the suit must master. It’s about life or death. But, once you shrink to the subatomic level….you are lost for eternity……
Overall, Ant-Man delivers. I would give it 4 stars out of 5. The plot is simple to the point, entertaining, and action packed without too much divergence. Characters are clearly defined and relevant. Great graphics and special effects, with the right amount of humor. As always stick around after the credits for defining moments for the sneak peek for the next film where Ant-Man will appear!
This film was Distributed by Walt Disney Studios in conjunction with Marvel Studios. Directed by Peyton Reed. Special guest appearance by Stan Lee. Running Time 117 minutes. Release date July 17, 2015.
*This is the original article by Okema “Seven” Gunn*