A Movie Entry – Ten Things I Learned from Marvel’s “Ant-Man”

1) Despite my misgivings, it turns out Marvel can make an entertaining movie about one of my least favorite heroes.
2) Agent Carter looks absolutely amazing for a woman who’s got to be at least 70 years old.
3) Darren Cross is not as generic a villain as he seems, but this nuance is going to be lost on anyone who is not aware of the time in Henry Pym’s comic book history when he developed dissociative identity disorder and became the murderous Yellowjacket.
4) Hope is right, it is about damn time; she is a thousand times more competent than Scott Lang.
5) Making Scott Lang Ant-Man was the correct choice.
6) Ex-girlfriends don’t have to be evil, nagging shrews, and boyfriends of ex-girlfriends don’t have to be arrogant douche-bags.
7) Science is magic, clearly.
8) Despite all the changes to Henry Pym’s character and back story, he still comes across as kind of crazy, and I’m okay with that.
9) “Why don’t we call the Avengers?” Scott Lang is the only hero so far to react as I would expect an “everyman in over his head” would in fact react to this kind of craziness.
10) In classic heist movie fashion, everyone made the plan much more difficult than it needed to be.

I really was surprised how much I enjoyed this movie. Casting was spot-on and I’m glad Marvel embraced some of the inherent absurdity of a shrinking hero, including having the climatic battle take place in a kid’s room. I’m also very glad about how genuine Scott’s ex Maggie and her boyfriend Paxton were written. Sure, Paxton was kind of a jerk, but he has no reason to be sympathetic towards Scott and he clearly cares very much for Scott and Maggie’s daughter Cassie. When Scott redeems himself, Paxton makes the effort to give space in the new family dynamic for his girlfriend’s ex.

Overall, this is the most enjoyable Disney movie about shrinking people and ants since Honey, I Shrunk the Kids (a movie I am 95% certain the writers had seen).

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S. J. Drew is an aspiring writer who finally entered the blogosphere to shamelessly promote that writing (as evidenced by the title of the blog). Whether or not this works remains to be seen, but S. J. hopes you are at least entertained. And if you're actually reading this, that's probably a good sign.

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