One of the lesser known Marvel superheroes get’s a shot at Hollywood this summer, as Ant-Man enters the ever-expanding universe.
ex con-man Scott Lang (Paul Rudd) is trusted by Dr. Hank Pym (Michael Douglas) to be the man to wear the super secret suit that he has designed. The suit gives Lang the incredible ability to shrink to the size of an insect, whilst maintaining the full strength of a human. Dr. Hank Pym also gives Lang the ability to control ants and get them to do what he wants. The ex con is trusted with the suit to help Pym pull off a heist that could save the world (in typical Marvel style).
While this will probably be a lot like other Marvel films, as you can tell by the CGI action sequences above, this particular movie is expected to be a lot more comedic than its serious predecessors (minus Guardians of the Galaxy, of course). That would explain giving the leading role to Paul Rudd – with previous successes for the actor coming primarily from funny roles. The selection of Rudd as Ant-Man worried me at first, because while he is one of my favourite funny men in film, it’s no easy feat swapping that over to what is ultimately a serious role. While it’s not necessarily the same, Seth Rogen in The Green Hornet (2011) is an example of where a funny actor has tried to move into a funny-cool superhero movie and tanked.
This movie is directed by Peyton Reed – a director with a commendable CV, but not in this kind of movie. Reed has previously directed The Break-Up (Vaughn & Aniston), Yes Man (Jim Carrey), Down with Love (McGregor & Zellweger), and 3 episodes of TV show New Girl back in 2010-11. These are all good little films, but nowhere near what Marvel will be expecting to see from Ant-Man. I must be missing something…
I must say though that I like the idea of a Marvel movie that isn’t taken too seriously. My favourite film ever by Marvel is Guardians of the Galaxy, purely because it was more entertaining that the fighting/explosions filled strength-fests that superhero films usually are. This trailer for Ant-Man shows that there will be genuinely funny moments to this film, and if It can replicate any of the magic from the unlikely success of last year, then Marvel could be on to a winner.
Set for release on 17th July (which is just 14 days before Guardians of the Galaxy was released last year (31st)), this is definitely a film that could swing either way right now. Personally, I don’t think this will be very well received, at least in comparison to the rest of Marvels superhero’s. Risks are being taken with Ant-Man, with casting and directing, and it could end up being one of the smallest Marvel films in years* if it doesn’t pay off. That being said, the Marvel name carries enough wait at the moment to get people through the doors and put cash back into their bulging pockets.
*I’m sorry. I had to make at least one ‘small’ joke though, didn’t I? I mean, everyone else has, even the trailer!