After seeing his shrinking technology as a potential threat in 1989, Hank Pym, a SHIELD Agent codenamed Ant-Man, vows to suppress the technology and keep it from getting into SHIELD’s or anyone else’s hands.
Fast forward to present day, Scott Lang is getting out of prison after stealing from his former employers. His digital burglary was not for selfish means, but to steal back innocent people’s funds that his company had scammed. He is divorced, his ex-wife is dating a cop, and they do not want him to see daughter.
Meanwhile, Hank Pym and his estranged daughter Hope Van Dyne see that current Pym Technologies’ CEO Darren Cross (Pym’s former protege) is attempting recreate the Pym Particles that allow something or someone to shrink. They know they must stop him or the formula will fall into the wrong hands.
Hank recruits Scott to become the new Ant-Man so they can stop Darren Cross and his Project: Yellowjacket before HYDRA can get their hands on it.
I will admit, I came into this film with low expectations. I was not sure what to expect from a film about a founding Avenger, but still a minor hero in the Marvel Comics line. However, I was pleasantly surprised. While the reference to HYDRA should have gone to Iron Man 3‘s AIM, I found the film very entertaining, action-packed, and just a fun ride. It has several references to upcoming Marvel films including Captain America: Civil War, season 2 of Netflix’s Daredevil, and even a subtle reference to Spider-Man.
However, it stands alone as a great movie with great one-liners and slapstick comedy. Paul Rudd’s performance is particularly great in this newest installment to the Marvel Cinematic Universe. Check it out!
Favorite Quote: Hi, my name is Scott.
PARENTAL CONCERNS: Language, violence, disturbing images
- Paul Rudd as Scott Lang / the new Ant-Man
- Michael Douglas as Hank Pym
- Evangeline Lilly as Hope van Dyne
- Corey Stoll as Darren Cross / Yellowjacket
- Bobby Cannavale as Paxton
- Michael Peña as Luis
- Tip “T.I.” Harris as Dave
- Wood Harris as Gale
- Judy Greer as Maggie
- David Dastmalchian as Kurt
- Anthony Mackie as Falcon
- Chris Evans as Steve Rogers