Six months ago I was very vocal in saying that Marvel should probably rethink Ant-Man – its release, the film – everything. I even said they should table the character until they, inevitably, reboot the Marvel Cinematic Universe. Following the US premiere of Agent Carter – a show about Peggy Carter starring Hayley Atwell, who reprises her role from the Captain America-films – Marvel released the first teaser trailer for Ant-Man, starring Paul Rudd, Michael Douglas & Evangeline Lily. Today, I’ll give you my thoughts. Do I still feel this is a mistake?
The short answer? No. I don’t. To be honest, I quite like the direction they’re taking this film – and I’m warming to the idea that it might work. Now, this isn’t Hank Pym – or rather, the main protagonist is not Hank Pym. Instead, they’ve gone with Scott Lang – the second Ant-Man, and this will be his origin story. Hank Pym is in the movie, however, Michael Douglas is taking over on that front.
This story has a lot of potential, seeing as Lang’s daughter will be the no. 1 motivation for Scott Lang and his adventures. You’ll see why in the comics, or in the movie when you go see it – and who are we kidding, you’ll see it, it’s Marvel.
- We need to talk about three quotes from the film, and the first one is this: “Now, don’t let anyone tell you that you have nothing to offer.” – A part of me takes this as a brief note for the fans – ’cause not a lot of people care about Ant-Man, to be truthful. He’s a minor character… Yes, that was an unintentional joke about Ant-Man.
- “It’s not about saving our world, it’s about saving theirs. ” – Thus solidifying that this is a much more personal story than something like Iron Man, Captain America or The Avengers. I really like this, ’cause maybe now we won’t hear people complain about the Avengers not helping the protagonist.
- “One question: Is it too late to change the name?” – This is hilarious, and it reminds me of that hugely popular trailer scene from Guardians of the Galaxy with Star-Lord and Korath – “Who?”
Finally, here’s a little known fact that I doubt even Marvel knows about. Ant-Boy is a Danish Kid-Superhero Franchise… So yeah, the fancy Disney lawyers should probably look into that. Honestly, I don’t know why they haven’t.
– I’m Jeffrey Rex.