I’m writing this at the expense of my relationship with my almost-14 year old son. I totally feel the need to lead with that because if Marvel’s Ant-Man weren’t as awesome as it is, I wouldn’t even be writing this – at least not at the expense of my relationship with my firstborn child.
OK, so maybe I’m being slightly dramatic, he’ll still talk to me because he relies on me to pay for his braces and get him back and forth to school, but the truth is, he’s green with envy over the fact that I got to see Marvel’s Ant-Man before it actually hit theaters during my recent trip to NYC.
To add insult to injury, Paul Rudd hosted the event, and I caught an ant-sized part of his opening speech on Periscope, but I saved it so I could rub it in . . . er. . . I mean, show you all how funny he is in person. Make sure you watch to the end to see how he surprises some fashionably late movie viewers.
I knew more about Ant-Man before going into the movie than I did about any other Marvel flick, because Styles wouldn’t stop talking about it pretty much from the moment he knew the movie was coming out. I knew about Hank Pym (played by Michael Douglas), and the Pym Particles, and how Mr. Pym found Scott Lang (played by Paul Rudd), so that he could become the next Ant-Man. I knew one of the Avengers would make a guest sighting in the movie (sorry, no spoilers here), and I knew that Yellow Jacket is actually a good guy in the comics, but a bad guy in the movie, and at least one little comic book nerd was unsure how they felt about that.
I wasn’t sure how I could actually enjoy a movie about an ant-sized super hero, and I thought the name was a little funny, but I was assured by my know-it-all fourteen year old, that Ant-Man is actually one of the coolest superheroes in the Marvel universe and that I’d love the movie.
How he knew that before I actually saw Ant-Man, I have no idea, but he was right.
The movie follows Scott Lang on his unlikely journey to become Hank Pym’s heir to Ant-Man. As a modern-day Robin Hood, Scott Lang comes into Hank Pym’s radar, and is put through a couple tests to prove he’s worthy of wearing the Pym Particle suit. The kicker is that our unlikely hero has no idea he’s being put to the test at first which makes for some great scenes.
Once the challenge is accepted, Hank Pym and his formerly estranged daughter, begin the task of preparing Scott to keep Yellow Jacket from taking over the world.
*Cue heart-rate-raising music here*
The journey is full of hilarity, but the movie doesn’t lack a healthy dose of the feels. Scott’s daughter thinks he hung the moon, and his number one mission, and the very thing that helps him transition to Ant-Man, is to prove to his daughter that he’s as great as she thinks she is.
I might not be Scott Lang’s daughter, but he certainly proved to me how great he is, and once again, Marvel Studios managed to knock my socks off. My socks might have been knocked even further off than they were after Avengers: Age of Ultron, and that’s pretty darned far.
I’m pretty sure my socks are somewhere in California, and I watched the movie from New York.
I’m relatively easy to entertain, but Ant-Man far exceeded my expectations. If you haven’t seen it yet, make sure you run thyself to the box office and see it STAT. Don’t even stop for popcorn, you won’t need it in order to keep yourself entertained – Ant-Man does all that for you.
I hope Styles will talk to me long enough for me to tell him I’ll gladly go see it again if he cares to join.
Looking to get your kids all hyped for the movie, Print out these Ant-Man coloring sheets.