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Ant Man Review

Just got back from Ant-Man, and here are a few thoughts on it.  Spoilers under the cut!


Okay, so it was a pretty cut and dry superhero origin story.  As I’ve said in my earlier comments, the greatest risk Marvel runs right now is stagnation, and this was a pretty good example of that.  However, it wasn’t without its saving graces, 

NEGATIVES

  • Same old superhero origin story, more or less.
  • Only five named female characters throughout the film (Maggie, Cassie, Hope Pym, Janet Pym, Director Carter), none of whom pass the Bechdel Test. 
  • Hope falls under the same old trope of being more skilled but shoved under the carpet for the male lead. 
  • Hope and Scott kissing?  I didn’t? Feel? Any? Chemistry????
  • The villain had some depth to him and I really bought that the man was stone-cold crazy, but I didn’t really buy it. (Ultron was a hard act to follow, imho)
  • I can’t quite put my finger on it, but the ending just felt weird. A bit abrupt.

POSITIVES

  • The humor was good enough to carry it through.
  • The previous trope about Hope getting shoved under the rug was reversed at the very end, which was nice although I fail to see why she couldn’t have had actual action.
  • I love, love, love the continuity that is upheld, starting with bringing in Peggy Carter and Howard Stark, to finding the ‘secret’ Avengers headquarters, to HYDRA still being a major threat out there
  • Falcon
  • People of varied ethnic backgrounds regularly interacting in funny and memorable ways without falling back on tropes. 
  • Scott Lang being the most literal-minded character as of yet. (”Call the Avengers” would be my first response too.)
  • FALCON
  • Janet Pym was not iced, as was previously believed.  In fact there was a lot hinting at her future return. (If we can have Coulson back from the dead, there is no reason why Janet can’t be brought back from subatomic unreality.)
  • DID I MENTION THE FALCON BECAUSE THAT WAS WHAT I PAID TO SEE
  • END CREDITS SCENES (CIVIL WAR HERE I COME TAKE IT AWAY RUSSO BROS)

OVERALL: 7/10

I feel like this was a generic tie-in to bide the time until Civil War. Ant Man seems to have some degree of importance in Civil War, but it could have been an arc of Agents of SHIELD.  That being said, what they did well carried the movie enough that I legitimately enjoyed the experience.