Originally, Marvel Studios seem to indicate that Ant Man would kickstart the third phase of the Marvel Cinematic Universe, but at some point they changed gears slightly and instead relegated it to the conclusion of Phase Two.  It’s kind of weird because the Phases generally tend to build towards some massive conclusion, and Age of Ultron fit that bill, so to see Ant Man kind of tagged onto the end feels a bit off.


At its core, Ant Man is the anti Avengers… as large and world encompassing as Avengers is, Ant Man is small and self contained.  In essence a high tech heist film, it features the Scott Lang version of the character picking up where Hank Pym left off, using a super suit and the “Pym Particle” to shrink to miniature size and fight crime.


Like Guardians of the Galaxy, Ant Man uses humor as a strong leverage, and it works to a degree, but not nearly as effectively as Guardians did.  The main villain, Darren Cross (AKA Yellow Jacket) feels over the top and Lang’s compadres are the very definition of stereotypical dumb crooks.  Paul Rudd and Evangeline Lilly are excellent in their respective roles, and I’m really glad to see them become a larger part of the Marvel Cinematic Universe.


This does feel like there’s a smaller piece to the larger whole in this film, with a pretty cool cameo of Falcon and the new Avengers facility in upstate New York.  I enjoyed the sequence at the beginning with an older Peggy Carter and Howard Stark dovetailing nicely into the Ant Man backstory and finding a way to heavily utilize Hank Pym, yet still kick off this new more “modern” update to the old school hero.


I enjoyed Ant Man… I did.  But there’s some heavy competition in the MCU slate and ultimately it falls near the bottom of the list.  The action, effects, and fast paced story tell a good tale and do a good job of bringing one of the Avengers founding members back into the team.  It doesn’t stand out in the way other MCU films have, but it falls into place naturally and feels like a smaller part of a bigger whole.


I’m really looking forward to seeing Ant Man’s second cinematic adventure as part of Captain America: Civil War in the theaters.

Ongoing Rank:

#12 – Iron Man 3
#11 – Thor (The Dark World)
#10 – Iron Man 2
#9 – Ant Man
#8 – Thor
#7 – Incredible Hulk
#6 – Guardians of the Galaxy
#5 – Avengers: Age of Ultron
#4 – Captain America: The First Avenger
#3 – Iron Man
#2 – Avengers
#1 – Captain America: Winter Soldier

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