Armed with a super-suit with the astonishing ability to shrink in scale but increase in strength, con-man Scott Lang must embrace his inner hero and help his mentor, Dr. Hank Pym, plan and pull off a heist that will save the world.
Marvel Studios are known for taking risks. Take for instance their entire existence and how one 30 second scene has set up the biggest movie franchise of the last decade. Not only that but they also brought the notion of an expanded universe to the big screen which forced more established studios to sit up, take notice and start embracing the smarter cinema audience goer. With the announcement, at their Marvel event, of their phase 3 slate of movies with such titles as “Black Panther”, “Doctor Strange” and “The Inhumans” it is clear that their success has not made them risk adverse.
This brings us onto the big movie trailer release of the week which is Ant-Man. The movie has a checkered history thanks to the loss of original director, and main driving force behind bringing the movie to the big screen, Edgar Wright shortly before the movie was set to begin filming. There was also the rushed nature behind bringing in the new director Peyton Reed and the fact that many of the main cast were not announced until filming had started. But Marvel know how to make an unknown property into a household name as we saw with “The Guardians of the Galaxy” and from our first look at “Ant-Man” it looks like we might get another Marvel gem.
So what do we know so far about the movie.
Add in the fact that www.imdb.com have included Hayley Atwell (Peggy Carter) and John Slattery (Howard Stark) in their casting lists for the movie it is clear that, unlike previously thought, Ant-Man is going to be a key part of the expanded Marvel universe. With Marvel’s comic book history and Kevin Feige’s capacity to bring a movie to the big screen, that audiences love, this movie has potential to be one of the movies that goes under the radar of many movie fans over the next couple of months much like “Guardians of the Galaxy”.
The potential behind this movie, from a comic book lovers perspective, lies in the wording of some of the most recent changes to how Hank Pym has been referenced in recent press releases from Marvel Studios. Pym has been referenced as a founding member of the Avengers which could mean that we will get to see an original iteration of the Avengers at some point that was hinted at in the first Avengers movie.
With the clever marketing campaign that kicked off this week with the brilliant use of the ant sized trailer and movie poster I feel that Ant-Man has made a mark in the sand as one of the movies to look forward to over the coming year.