I Need to Apologize to Ant-Man

Don’t worry. This post will be spoiler-free. 

Ant Man Poster

I’ll be honest. When I heard that they were making an Ant-Man movie, I really couldn’t have cared less. When I heard that Edgar Wright would have a hand in the movie, I got a bit more interested, and when I heard that Paul Rudd would be Ant-Man himself I got…confused.

Don’t get me wrong here. I loooooooove Paul Rudd. His awkward sense of humor speaks to me on a spiritual level, almost. And sure, we all are well aware of what the MCU did to Chris Pratt, changing my favorite, loveable goofball and making him into one of my favorite heroes of the MCU. But still. This guy?

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I know, it’s not fair for me to have struggled so much with the fact that this guy…

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…would now be taking part in protecting our planet. I knew that I should give him a chance, but I was too quick to pass him off as a goofball than anyone with costumed hero potential. Paul Rudd is amazing. He’s funny, he’s clever, and he’s super lovable onscreen, but I just couldn’t picture him as a superhero.

Turns out, I was wrong. Straight up.

The MCU is doing something brilliant with its superheroes. Sure, for characters like Thor and Captain America–those classic, straightforward superheroes–they’re casting the Chris Hemsworth and Chris Evans of the world. But those aren’t the only superheroes in the Marvel universe, and now that they’re bringing in those off-beat superheroes like Star-Lord and now Ant-Man into the MCU, they can be a little more creative with their casting choices. Just like Guardians of the Galaxy wouldn’t have been as perfect without a lead actor who was a bit goofier, funnier, and less serious than most superheroes, Ant-Man was great because its hero was played by this guy:

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In short, Paul Rudd is a great Ant-Man. He brings that Paul Rudd-ian charm to the character from the very beginning, which makes you fall in love with Scott. More than that, his attitude of being confused and slightly weirded out by the entire Ant-Man situation helps disarm the audience and bring you into the character and the story.

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But Paul Rudd isn’t the only awesome part of the movie. The supporting cast is fantastic. Evangeline Lily is, unsurprisingly, flawless as Hope in the movie. Watching her interact with the fully helpless Scott was one of my favorite things ever.

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Hope is driven, she’s smart, she’s brave, and she’s loyal. She’s basically amazing, and they do an awesome job of laying a strong foundation for her character. It’s also hard not to enjoy the fabulous chemistry between Evangeline Lily and Paul Rudd. More than anything from the film’s actual main plot line–without getting spoilery–I’m very, very interested to see what the future holds for Hope.

And while the rest of the cast was great, I fell in love with Michael Pena’s character, Luis.

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Getting to hear Luis tell you a story is one of the greatest, unsung gems of the film. In fact, the whole film ends on a Luis story. It’s weird, awkward, fantastic, and one of my favorite things in the entire movie.

The movie also took full advantage of the size differences with Ant-Man. Because Scott spends a lot of his time insect-sized as Ant-Man, the fight scenes would move from following Scott as he shrunk to staying with the human-sized perspective so we could see Scott shrink, grow, and zip around his opponents. The fight scenes were always very fun to watch, and they managed to show us an ant-sized superhero fighting bad guys in cool and creative ways. However, one of my favorite things they did with the fight scenes was the recurring gag where they would focus in on a fight happening on the insect-level, and then pan out to show the fight from a human perspective.

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This gag paired with Luis’ stories alone make this movie utterly fabulous. Stupid sight gags and awkward stories are the quickest ways to my heart.

I’m incredibly excited for what Marvel has in store for Ant-Man, and I am fully comfortable with admitting that I was so very wrong when I thought it would be a horrible film. Ant-Man is a very strong addition to the MCU, and they did a great job of laying the foundation for how Scott will fit into the larger Marvel cinematic universe–though I won’t get into specifics here. Basically, Ant-Man is a must-see for MCU fans, fans of Paul Rudd, and fans of super heroes in general. My first impressions of the film from the trailers were completely wrong, and I’m so happy to admit that. Besides, if you’re willing to give yet another Spider-Man reboot a chance, you should definitely give a new hero a chance, too. It’s only fair.

Have you seen Ant-Man yet? What did you think of it? Let’s talk about the movie in the comments!

8 thoughts on “I Need to Apologize to Ant-Man

  1. B says:

    I think this movie had one of the best supporting MCU casts. Everyone was just perfect in their role! And Rudd was such a great Scott, and Michael Douglas was perfect as Hank Pym. Just prefect! I love that Marvel is able to land these older and bigger name actors now for some of their roles! I love the movie! I’d seen it 3 times so far!

  2. mrsaverna says:

    Loved your use of appropriate Paul Rudd gifs. I agree that the movie did a great job of building up the humor and still keeping it uniquely different from, say, Tony Stark humor. What we have here is Rudd humor and it works pretty darn well. Once again Marvel took a “Um Okay?” kind of idea and turned it into something enjoyable!

    • Kendall Ashley says:

      Ha! Thanks. While I was writing this, I definitely got super distracted and just started looking at Paul Rudd gifs instead of actually writing. He’s too funny. I totally agree, Scott has a completely different style of humor than Tony, and they did a great job showing it. Definitely a fun flick!

  3. kaycreate says:

    I am hearing nothing but good things about this, and I am so happy about that! I didn’t really think it would be a bad movie, I just had (have?) zero interest in Ant Man as a superhero. So I was entirely ‘meh’ about the whole thing. But I’ve heard it’s great, and I’m really hoping to enjoy it!

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