Marvelous Monday #15 – Am I Excited For Ant-Man?

I'm Jeffrey Rex' Marvelous Monday - 15

Having now seen Avengers: Age of Ultron and released a spoiler-free review, I’m ready to now look forward to the next Marvel Cinematic Universe-film. And the next one up (the Phase 2 epilogue) is a controversial one for some, it’s finally – FINALLY – time for Ant-Man.

“Armed with the astonishing ability to shrink in scale but increase in strength, con-man Scott Lang (Rudd) must embrace his inner-hero and help his mentor, Dr. Hank Pym (Douglas), protect the secret behind his spectacular Ant-Man suit from a new generation of towering threats. Against seemingly insurmountable obstacles, Pym and Lang must plan and pull off a heist that will save the world.” – Marvel Official Plot Synopsis

So, I’ve flip-flopped on Ant-Man. Initially I didn’t know if I wanted it to be made, and then I was getting more and more excited. Right now, I’ve got to admit, I’m really really excited about Ant-Man. So what changed? There are a couple of things to note here – including a perfect trailer – but I’ll get to that. First, though, let’s talk about the cast.

I love Paul Rudd. A funny guy, which is good in the MCU, and he is to be coupled with Michael Douglas – I love that odd couple of Ant-Men. Evangeline Lily was wonderful in Lost, and even though I didn’t care for her story in The Hobbit-trilogy, I really like the idea of her in the MCU.

Now if you’ve seen House of Cards season one, then you know who Peter Russo is… I mean Corey Stoll. I enjoyed him in that show, and I’m excited to see what he’s able to do with the role of the MCU antagonist – though I suspect it’s just another one-off antagonist.

Edgar Wright would’ve been great for Ant-Man, but now that he’s gone – I’m settling into the idea of having Adam McKay and Paul Rudd writing it. Similarly, I’m not opposed to Peyton Reed directing it. Marvel has a good track-record with their directors, so I have faith in Feige and Co.

But the one thing that made me incredibly excited for the film is the trailer featuring Thomas the Train – hilarious trailer:

Are you excited for Ant-Man? Have you seen Age of Ultron? Did you love Age of Ultron as much as I did? Sound off in the comments!

I’m Jeffrey Rex

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4 comments

  1. I am positively ‘meh’ about Ant Man, and have been ever since Edgar Wright left the project. The way I see it is that if you have creative differences with that guy, you’re probably wrong. I’ll still watch, but I’m not impressed by its trailer, either.

    1. No one man is perfect. I like Edgar Wright, but I don’t think it’s fair to say that Marvel’s wrong when we don’t have the whole story.

      The rumor I heard was that Wright had pushed the movie, due to him wanting to finish the Cornetto Trilogy first. And I think that’s been made official. Wright was hired in 2006, at some point they need to just make the film.

      A while ago I didn’t want them to make the film, but it’s a valuable part of the franchise and company.

      Has Marvel not done enough right for us to give them the benefit of the doubt?

      1. Eh, I don’t know. They’ve certainly done well with the already established characters, but with a movie with the history of this one that really hasn’t grabbed my interest, I don’t exactly see what I owe Marvel. I’m going to watch it anyway.

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