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Ant-Man (2015)

by  |  July 27th, 2015  |  Sci Fi  |  2 Comments

Alright, so like everyone else who loves the Marvel movies, I have been following the MCU pretty fervently, I personally have enjoyed all of the independent franchises, ‘Thor’ probably being my personal favorite in this batch…

Now for me, I have to admit that I personally was not the biggest fan of the second Avengers movie…. (Trust me when I say that no one was more surprised then myself…) The fact is, is the second Avengers movie was missing that original element that made the individual characters so awesome, and made their collective first Avengers movie even better!

What I mean by this is that all of the Avengers up to this point have been believable as their characters… Thor was a big tough warrior with a lot of honor, Captain America was the man who would get the job done, for truth, justice and the American way, etc…

But in this movie, it was so corny and over commercialized, that half the time you would expect one of the Avengers to break in to a commercial moment to promote something for the audience to buy!

Don’t get me wrong… Avengers: Age Of Ultron (2015) had it’s good moments… But ultimately the movie was pretty humdrum… That was why I was so excited to experience: Ant-Man (2015)!

Written by: Edgar Wright (Shaun Of The Dead), Joe Cornish (Attack The Block), Adam McKay (Step Brothers) & Paul Rudd (Anchorman: The Legend Of Ron Burgundy). Directed by: Peyton Reed (Yes Man). Starring: Paul Rudd, Michael Douglas (The Game), Evangeline Lilly (Lost), Corey Stoll (The Bourne-Legacy), Judy Greer (Dawn Of The Planet Of The Apes), Bobby Cannavale (The Bone Collector), Abby Ryder Fortson (Playing It Cool), Michael Pena (Fury), David Dastmalchian (Prisoners), T.I. (Furious 7) & Anthony Mackie (Avengers: Age Of Ultron).

“Wait I didn’t steal anything! I was returning something I stole!” – Scott Lang/Ant-Man (A quote by Paul Rudd from, Ant-Man (2015)!)

This movie tells the story of Hank Pym (Douglas), who decades ago had managed to crack the code that would allow him to shrink to the size of an, ‘Ant’… During this time, he and his wife worked for Shield…

Hank Pym… A younger looking Michael Douglas before he quits, ‘Shield’!

After Hank finds out what some of the people at Shield want to use his technology for, he ends up quitting Shield and taking steps to ensure that this dangerous technology never gets in to the wrong hands… That is till decades later when his former protege comes close to not only creating a safe and viable shrinking potion, but is on the verge of mass producing it as a weapon for all the wrong (and some of the right people…)

To make this right, Hank will hire ex-con, ‘Scott Lang’ (Rudd) ┬áto replace him as, ‘the Ant-Man’ and along with Lang’s team, to try and steal the formula, and everything associated with his former protege’s shrinking program, before this guy starts mass-producing the smallest/strongest army in the world!

Scott Lang (Paul Rudd) running with ants during his training as, ‘Ant-Man’!

Now there is a couple of things that I will admit that I really like about this movie:

1. I do like the various references to other MCU franchises, it helps real well with the frame work for having cross overs and what not!

2. I also like how Peyton Reed created a movie at the beginning of it’s franchise, and not some over the top film… Trust me when I say that, that would be more damaging if they made it overblown…

3. The last thing that I wanted to mention here, is the story… Being that I am a writer myself, I found that this story was really brilliantly well crafted, one that gave insight in the characters, made you want to root for them… etc…

In the end, if you haven’t seen this movie yet, do so, I loved it, and so will you!

Nathan Strack


Nathan Strack is a Writer/Director/Filmmaker & Owner/Founder of: Hell In Space, Strack Web Design Service & Strack Store.


  1. William D. Prystauk

    August 3rd, 2015at 9:32 AM(#)

    Your excellent review comes as no surprise. From the comedic trailer, I knew Marvel would try to impress the kids instead of the adult comic book readers who actually buy and read the comics. Sigh.

  2. Nathan Strack Nathan Strack

    September 10th, 2015at 12:09 AM(#)

    Hey Crash!

    This one… Lets just put it this way, where as the do a great job keeping children’s interest in this movie, they also in the end do a solid job of keeping adults interested as well.

    – Nathan

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