Wednesday, January 7, 2015

Tease Me, Baby! - Ant-Man

NOTE: This article was originally published by me on TheWebsiteofDOOM.com

What a long and strange trip it's been. Production of this film started back in 2006. Ant-Man was originally supposed to be part of the line-up in the first Avengers movie. Edgar Wright (the original writer/director) unfortunately took so long to get the film off the ground, and with rumoured creative disagreements, left the project last year. The film was then handed to comedic director Peyton Reed, with the likes of Bring It On and The Break-Up on his CV. Worryingly, star Paul Rudd (who was already cast) was then allowed to edit the script with his friend Adam McKay who has Anchorman 2 and The Other Guys on his CV.

So what kind of film are we likely to see now with so many cooks working on the broth? It's hard to tell, so pay extra special attention to the first teaser trailer released last night.





- Don't Worry, He's White, They Won't Shoot Him

Unlike a lot of Marvel's line-up, Scott Lang is a criminal. It will make Ant-Man a bit different both as a film but also as a character, making it especially interesting when he eventually teams up with the likes of super-do-gooder Captain America.

Ant Lives Matter

- The Hank Tank

Another plot point which will make Ant-Man stand out is the fact that he will be a second generation superhero. Hank Pym, played by the great Michael Douglas, is the original Ant-Man. How does that effect Scott's use of power and motives considering that he will have a mentor to guide him?

Pym

- Damnit Janet!

Evangeline Lilly will play Hope Van Dyne, the daughter of Hank Pym and the original Wasp Janet Van Dyne. Considering the actress they've gotten to play her, I'd be shocked if we didn't see Hope take up her mother's mantel at some point.

You're Looking A Little Waspish

- The Money Shot

This is the iconic moment. If I had a dollar for every time Ant-Man has been drawn on a comic cover riding into battle on the back of a flying ant I'd probably be richer than all the comic cover artists who have drawn Ant-Man riding into battle on the back of a flying ant.

Money Shot

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Overall: God, it's really hard to gauge much from this. You know that there is going to be a lot of comedy elements with all the talent involved but little of that is shown here. Neither is there much of the action shown either. Considering how much we've seen of other films coming out this year or even further away, if this is all they have to show for it then they must be struggling to get Ant-Man finished on time. I hope they pull it off, otherwise their brave step of letting Edgar Wright go might have shot them in the foot.