“Sorry I’m late, I was saving the world. You know how it is.”
As the Marvel movie juggernaut rolls on, seemingly unstoppable, they have to dig deeper into their comic book roster of characters top populate this ever expanding world. With mega popular characters like the X-Men and Fantastic Four tied up with other studios, last year Marvel took a gamble on the little known Guardians of the Galaxy, and it paid off big. I was skeptical of that movie, then found it amazing fun. But even with that hindsight, and even with the always delightful Paul Rudd in the lead, I found it hard to look past the corny premise in the lead up to Ant-Man.
Scott Lang (Rudd) is released after a few years in jail for some Robin Hood style embezzling from big business to pay back exploited employees. With a young daughter as his inspiration, Scott is determined to stay on the straight and narrow and find straight work. But when his record as a felon makes that impossible, he takes one last job as a cat burglar so he can make the cash he needs to gain visitation rights with his kid. He robs the house of Hank Pym (Michael Douglas) and finds a mysterious suit locked away in a heavy duty safe. When curiosity gets the better of him, he tries the suit on and discovers it gives him the power to shrink to the size of an ant. (more…)