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Directed by Peyton Reed

Year Of Release

Peyton Reed

Edgar Wright

Paul Rudd, Michael Douglas, Evangeline Lilly, Corey Stoll, Bobby Cannavale

The back story of Ant-Man ties-in closely with Iron Man. The film begins with a flashback to 1989 with Dr Hank Pym (Michael Douglas) arguing with Tony Stark's father over the development and ownership of his breakthrough 'Pym particles' - which can increase and decrease the mass of objects or living beings. To trigger the particles, Pym developed a special serum, which only he knows the how to make. He leaves Stark industries after the argument and later starts his own company.

Now back to the present day. Pym's young protege Darren Cross has his own plans for Pym particles - and intends on using them to create an army to sell to the highest bidder. The only problem is he doesn't know the secret to doctor Pym's special serum, and tries in vain to replicate it. This is when Scott Lang (Paul Rudd) comes into the picture. As an ex-con with nothing much to loose, and because of his skills as a professional thief, Dr Pym chooses Scott Lang to become the owner of his Ant-Man suit. In exchange for helping him stop Darren Cross, he promises to help him regain the trust of his family.

The film has a wacky comedy vibe, which really prevented me from taking it as seriously as I would other Marvel films. The love story between Scott Lang and Hope van Dyne and the sickly, tear-drenched scenes in which Dr Pym reminisces about the past, had me looking up at the cinema ceiling and thinking "when will the action start?". It's does eventually start - over an hour in... With one pretty good one on one battle, and then the rest of the action is concentrated on the ending. The ending is the highlight. It was both hilarious and spectacular. Not all of it worked for me, but if anything, Ant-Man brings something different to the Marvel universe.