Marvel’s latest outing introduces us to the smallest member of the MCU: Ant Man. Directed by Peyton Reed, the film follows Scott Lang (Paul Rudd) – a good-natured but desperate thief, who inadvertently finds himself taking on superheroic responsibilities when he discovers a suit that can shrink him down to microscopic size, while increasing his agility and strength.The suit’s creator, Hank Pym (Michael Douglas) and his daughter, Hope (Evangeline Lilly) train Scott in the hopes that he will be able to steal back Pym’s microscopic formula from treacherous figures who want to use it as a weapon.
In the same way that Chris Pratt smashed it in Guardians of The Galaxy, Paul Rudd proves himself to be a more than worthy Marvel superhero; mixing humour, emotion and oddly chiselled hunkiness in equally great measure. Douglas and Lilly are also great as they skilfully navigate superheroics alongside an emotionally strained father-daughter relationship. Michael Peña’s supporting role as one of Scott’s criminal buddies is also brilliant – with his one-liners stealing several key scenes. Meanwhile Corey Stoll’s Yellowjacket, is a competent antagonist in terms of threatening the hero – but he is nowhere near the masterful heights of past Marvel villains such as Loki and Ultron. Ultimately, though it isn’t as thoroughly entertaining and laugh-a-minute as Guardians or The Avengers, Ant-Man is a surprisingly fun heist movie, with a mostly brilliant cast and a lot of promise for the future of the MCU