Na na na na na na na na na na na na na na na na Ant-maaan!!! Ha, couldn’t resist. Anyway! I’ve said it before, and I’m likely to say it many times for many years to come. I fricken love what Marvel has been doing these past 8ish years with their filmic universe! They’ve done such a great job, that Spiderman, who’s rights were sold to Sony back in the day, has had to partly give them back so that Marvel can add him into their universe. Also with Marvel Comics messing with Fantastic Four, and possibly X-Men comics on the horizon, makes you wonder if there will be a time when Fox also has to relinquish some of their control over the brand they got the rights to back before Marvel started kicking ass.
All of that aside though, means we get to see at least a couple Marvel films every year come out, and there’s no sign of that stopping anytime soon, which to a Marvel fan like myself, is simply a dream come true. Not only that, but as the years pass, they are starting to pay attention to a whole host of characters from that world, which opens up so many possibilities and exciting storylines. One of those interesting characters is Ant-man, who has been an Avenger stalwart for decades, so it was only a matter of time before he hit the big screen, and boy did they do a nice job of it.
Firstly the negative. Some of the directing, especially at the start, felt a little amateurish, or un-filmic like, but they seemed to sort their shit out eventually. Also it’s an origin story, and it has the odd clunky moment around this fact, especially with the training montage which spanned only 2 or 3 days, which even for me was a bit silly to see how much he was able to learn and master in such a short time.
On the positive though, and well, there’s a hell of a lot to be positive about. It was funny, and comedy movie funny, it was fun, it was clever in parts, the acting was what it needed to be, and the way in incorporated itself into the winder scope of the Marvel universe just made me giddy! On that note, remember this film has two credit sequences which are both very much worth staying for, one of which happens after the main actors credits, and the other at the end of the whole credit roll.
8.5 out of 10 from me!!!