With Avengers: Infinity War releasing soon, I am going back and watching all of the Marvel Cinematic Universe movies in release order. Next up is the final film of Phase 2, Ant-Man.
How Was Ant-Man Perceived At Release?
As the finale of Phase 2, Ant-man received a mixed reception. He may have been one of the original Avengers in the comics, but was not well known by the public-at-large. Marvel again mixed up the super-hero movie formula by adding in a new genre, heist movies. Scott Lang is a burglar by trade and gets out of prison at the beginning of the movie vowing to not steal again. He gets brought back into that life by his friend Luis and ends up stealing the Ant-Man suit. This leads him to help the original Ant-Man, Hank Pym, set up an elaborate heist to steal another shrinking suit. The movie really felt like a heist movie in the vein of Ocean’s 11 or the Italian Job and was a nice departure from superhero movies. The movie did pretty well at release but is now largely forgotten in the pantheon of Marvel Cinematic Universe.
How Does Ant-Man Hold Up Now?
I think Ant-Man holds up really well. It moved into my Top 3 as of the end of Phase 2. The movie has great special effects, great humor, and great action. I have always been a fan of Paul Rudd, and this role is perfect for him. He brings the right amount of levity to Scott Lang and works well with the rest of the cast. His crew is also great and adds a lot of fun to the movie. There is one character who steals every scene he is in. His ‘storytelling’ is hilarious and Marvel needs to use him to recap the MCU at some point. A video like that would get millions of views and garner a lot of attention.
How Does Ant-Man Fit into Infinity War?
Ant-man does not have a direct impact on Infinity War and serves to introduce the character into the larger MCU. We do know that Ant-Man will appear in Captain America: Civil War and in Infinity War, but there is no direct connection to it here.
End of Phase 2
Ant-Man wraps up Phase 2, so here is my current ranking of the MCU movies. As you can see, Phase 2 was really good (except Thor: The Dark World) and pushes down a lot of Phase one movies.
- Guardians of the Galaxy
- Captain America: The Winter Soldier
- Iron Man
- The Avengers
- Iron Man 3
- Age of Ultron
- Captain America: The First Avenger
- Iron Man 2
- Thor: The Dark World
What did you think of Ant-Man? Do you hold it in as high regard as I do? Sound off in the comments.
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