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I saw Ant-Man this morning. I loved it. It's very different from other more recent Marvel movies.

In the Cold War, Hank Pym and his wife Janet worked with SHIELD as Ant-Man and the Wasp. The Wasp sacrificed herself to get into a rogue nuclear missle, shrinking too far and sliping into a quatum universe. Hank abandoned super hero work, trying to find some way to get Janet back - and refused to give SHIELD and Howard Stark the secret of his size changing technology.

Jump forward to today. Hank's old assistant has almost recreated the technology. Hank needs a thief. And Scott Lang was just let out of prison...

There's something inherently silly about a superhero who shrinks, and the movie doesn't ignore that. On the other hand, there are great fight sequences that show that yes, Ant-Man is a true super-hero. Unlike the other heroes in the Marvel Cinematic Universe, Scott needs training to know how to use the shrinking suit - and it doesn't come that easily.

But he learns. He has an epic fight with The Falcon, and then the main fight is on. Heroics and severe ass-kicking takes place. And you'll never look at Thomas the Tank Engine again - but the fights are still deadly and a sense of real threat.

Scott does have some sidekicks, and I think the movie would've been stronger without them. But given the decision to include them, the sidekicks step up well.

There are two extra scenes in the credits (one in the middle, one after credits) that are must sees. It's pretty clear that Ant-Man will be in Captain America: Civil War, and will be on Team Cap

If you're looking for a serious drama, this isn't it. But if you want fun and some real heroics, you want to see this movie.

Posted on July 17, 2015, 9:05 pm

Donald Brown
@GadgetDon

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