The MCU has been delighting fans with big superhero events like Spider-Man: No Way Home for many years, but it can also be scaled down – and it’s actually a lot of fun, as you can see with “Ant-Man” on TV today can experience excellently.
Not only are the “Avengers” movies getting bigger and more bombastic at Marvel (from six characters in “The Avengers” to the assembled MCU staff in “Avengers: Endgame”), the solo films are also becoming more and more unusual events – regardless of whether “Spider-Man: No Way Home” or “Doctor Strange In The Multiverse Of Madness”. But there is another way – Marvel proved that with the two “Ant-Man” films, for example.
Ant-Man airs today, March 31, 2022, at 8:15 p.m. on VOX and is unquestionably one of the less-seen and underrated Marvel films compared to the MCU mega-hits from “Endgame” to “No Way Home”. Because even if (or precisely because) it’s not about saving the world and the whole universe, “Ant-Man” is a lot of fun.
If you have plans tonight or are reading this post after March 31, don’t worry. Because “Ant-Man” is there as well as the similarly underrated “Ant-Man And The Wasp” and most other Marvel films on offer from Disney +:
No Avengers bombast
After “Avengers 2: Age Of Ultron” and before “Captain America: Civil War”: “Ant-Man” has come to the cinemas between two of the biggest MCU blockbusters and offers a complete contrast program. Instead of a floating city like in “Avengers 2” or the civil war between Captain America and Iron Man-like in “Civil War”, Ant-Man revolves around a kindhearted crook (Paul Rudd) who just wants to see his daughter again.
And this deliberately small concept not only suits the hero with his shrinking powers but is also reflected on the plot level. The “big” finale of “Ant-Man” takes place in a child’s room, where neither skyscrapers collapse nor aliens fly through the air but only a “Thomas and Friends” toy train derails (which nevertheless seems very large due to the creative play with the proportions).
And that’s exactly right. “The surprising thing about it: This playfully staged miniature showdown is much more fun than the sheer overwhelming bombast,” writes DashFUN editor-in-chief Christoph Petersen in the DashFUN review, in which “Ant-Man” received a strong 4 out of 5 stars.
The plot of “Ant-Man”
The scientist dr. Hank Pym (Michael Douglas) once invented the technology to enlarge and shrink creatures and objects, but fearing that the technology would fall into the wrong hands, he has withdrawn not only from the superhero life but also from his company withdrawn.
However, Pym’s protégé Darren Cross (Corey Stoll) is now on the verge of discovering the secret of his former teacher. To prevent this, Pym needs a new Ant-Man, whom he finds in Scott Lange (Paul Rudd), who has just been released from prison…