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Scott Lang (Rudd), a petty thief, is trained to wear and operate a super-strong, size-modifying suit by tech genius Dr Pym (Douglas). Lang needs to save humanity from destruction by thwarting the plans of the evil Darren Cross (Stoll), Pym's nemesis.
To start with, the idea of a superhero character that can shrink down to infinitesimal size, become stronger the tinier he gets and command an infinite army of ants, sounds extremely interesting. Reed and team have crafted a superhero film that is not only action-packed (not excessively so), but also funny and thankfully devoid of bluster. At its heart though, this is a heist movie.
Cross was Pym's protege but went renegade and tried to crack Pym's human-shrinking formula to create his own kind of 'ant man' suit - Yellowjacket. Pym knows that Cross will sell this deadly tech to the wrong people - something that can only bode ill for humanity. Lang is trained to infiltrate Cross's HQ and destroy Yellowjacket along with the entire facility. Pym's daughter Hope (Lilly) doubts Lang's competence for the task. That aside though, it's easy to discern the crackling chemistry between Lang and her from the outset.
Ant-Man's effects are often astounding - for one, flawlessly recreating a younger-looking Michael Douglas early on in the movie. Then of course, the plethora of ant scene renderings as well as other sequences, like Lang's journey into the sub-atomic realm.
But this isn't just a VFX flex-fest. Douglas' Pym could have had more of an edge (think Gordon Gekko) and Lilly is a bit ho-hum. However, Rudd's Lang is refreshingly self-effacing and charming. Pena is flat-out hilarious; apart from getting the last line of the film, he absolutely owns the scenes he's in. If he had a bigger part, doubtless he'd have stolen the show.
Guardians of the Galaxy ushered in a new flavor of superhero films - of fairly 'ordinary' people who learn to do extraordinary things - and this brings a more human angle to the film. Ant-Man continues the trend. Oh, and don't miss Marvel legend Stan Lee's cameo too!
The themes of fatherhood, mentorship and abandonment play a big part in the relationships of the lead characters in Marvel’s “Ant-Man.” With the story of the film centering on Hank Pym and Scott Lang’s newfound partnership and relationship, the characters are grounded as they struggle with the everyday challenges of being a good father and mentor.“We always felt that this story and film was a two-hander, in which an older character bestows the mantle to a younger character,” says producer Kevin Feige. “It’s right out of the comic books, and the older character, of course, is Hank Pym and the younger character is Scott Lang, and that relationship is really the story of this film.”
Describing his role, Rudd says, “In the beginning of the film, my character Scott Lang has just gotten out of prison. He doesn’t know anything about Ant-Man and has nothing to do with Hank Pym. On the other hand, Pym singled him out and, quite aware of his notoriety, has been watching him with ulterior motives. He sets up a scenario where Scott has to resort to his old ways. He breaks into Hank’s house to steal some money to help pay child support for his daughter, the only person he really cares about. Unbeknownst to Scott, Hank has orchestrated the entire scenario. This brings Scott into Pym’s world where he can potentially teach Scott how to use the suit properly and steal something Pym really needs.”
For director Peyton Reed, having Rudd on board as Scott Lang was a great piece of casting. “One of the things that excited me most about ‘Ant-Man’ was having Paul Rudd in the lead role,” says Reed. “There’s nobody more likable than Paul Rudd, but this role re-contextualizes him a little bit as an ex-con and a master thief, which was really fun to me. If you know Paul’s work, he’s done plenty of comedy work, but he’s also done a lot of dramatic work in both film and stage and he’s an amazing actor. I think audiences are going to really enjoy seeing him in a type of role that he really hasn’t done before."
For Michael Douglas, joining the cast of Marvel’s “Ant-Man” was something that made him very cool within his own household. He admits, “Before ‘Ant-Man,’ I had no career in my kids’ eyes. I’ve never done a picture as far as they were concerned. Two Academy Awards® meant nothing. Now I’m cool. I am cool to my son and to his friends, too. This is the first time I’ve ever heard my kids say, ‘Can we go to the premiere?’ So they’re going to come.”
When Scott Lang gets out of prison for what he hopes to be the last time, he reconnects with his old friend and former cellmate Luis, played by Michael Peña. Affable, loyal Luis is a good friend but still has dreams of making the heist of a lifetime—with help from trying-to-go-straight Scott. This dynamic leads to some great humor between the characters, but as producer Kevin Feige relates, there is more to Luis than meets the eye. “We meet Luis at the beginning of the film,” says Feige. “He’s a lot of fun and provides what you think is some of the best comic relief of the movie. But over the course of the film, by the end, you see himstep into this role of heroism. And one of the themes of the movie is when people believe in you, it inspires you to do the right thing.”
One of the biggest challenges for head costume designer Ivo Coveney was building and perfecting the helmet, which gives Ant-Man the power to control armies of ants. “When you look at the costume and the concept art as we were given, it looks fairly straightforward, but then when you start breaking it down you start to see just how many circuits there are for lights, you see how much the belt needs to move and all the parts of the helmet as well and you start tosay this is not as simple as it looks. In fact, it is one of the more complicated suits built for Marvel because everything needed to work practically in this suit and helmet and that became a daunting task.”
Wearing the Super Hero suit on a daily basis was something that Paul Rudd had not experienced before. The actor describes how he kept his cool inside of the Ant-Man suit. “The only downfall of how cool the suit looked was that it didn’t breathe much,” explains Rudd. “But to their credit they knew that and prepared for it, so it17wasn’t too bad. They built cold packs into the suit and they would hook a hose up to the back of the suit to cool you off. But who needs that when you’re filming in Georgia in August? Thankfully, we mostly shot on soundstages during the first part of the schedule and they kept those things like a meat locker.”
The film was supposed to focus on the original Ant-Man but due to the unfriendly history of the character, focus was then shifted to Scott Lang.
Director Edgar Wright had proposed the film in 2003. He continued developing the movie since then.
Edgar had requested Marvel not to use Ant-Man anywhere till the movie was completed.
Paul Rudd's costume had to be altered to suit his muscle and build.
Joseph Gordon-Levitt was considered for the role of Scott Lang / Ant-Man.
In one scene, where Dr Pym is shot in the left shoulder, we see him later on with his right arm in a soft cast.
It was in 1989, that the brilliant scientist Hank Pym resigned from S.H.I.E.L.D. after discovering that they, without informing him, tried to replicate his Ant-Man shrinking technology. Believing the technology is dangerous, Pym vows to hide it as long as he lives. In the present day, Pym's estranged daughter, Hope van Dyne, and former protege, Darren Cross, have forced him out of his own company. Cross is close to perfecting a shrinking suit of his own, the Yellowjacket, which horrifies Pym.Upon his release from prison, well-meaning thief Scott Lang moves in with his old cellmate, Luis. Lang's ex-wife, Maggieâengaged to policeman Paxtonâagrees to let Lang see his daughter Cassie if he provides child support. Unable to hold a job due to his criminal record, Lang agrees to join Luis' crew and commit a burglary for money. Lang breaks into a house and cracks its safe, but only finds what he believes to be an old motorcycle suit, which he takes home. After trying the suit on, Lang accidentally shrinks himself to the size of an insect. Terrified by the experience, he returns the suit to the house, but is arrested on the way out.
Pym, the homeowner, visits Lang in jail and smuggles the suit into his cell to help him break out.At his home, Pym, who manipulated Lang through Luis into stealing the suit as a test, wants Lang to become the new Ant-Man to steal the Yellowjacket from Cross. Hope, who has been spying on Cross for Pym despite her strained relationship with her father, helps Pym train Lang to fight and to control ants. They send him to steal a device from the Avengers' headquarters, where he briefly fights and defeats Sam Wilson, who is The Falcon.
While Hope still shows anger towards Pym about her mother Janet's death, he reveals that Janet, known as the Wasp, disappeared into a subatomic quantum realm to disable a Russian nuclear missile. Pym warns Lang that he could suffer a similar fate if he overrides his suit's safeguards.Cross perfects the Yellowjacket and invites Pym to the unveiling ceremony. Lang, along with his crew and a swarm of flying ants, infiltrates the building during the event, sabotages the servers, and plants explosives. When he attempts to steal the Yellowjacket, he is trapped by Cross, who intends to sell both the Yellowjacket and Ant-Man suits to Hydra, led by Mitchell Carson. Lang breaks free and defeats most of the Hydra agents, though Carson is able to flee with a vial of Cross' particles. Lang pursues Cross as he escapes, while the explosives detonate, vaporizing the building.
Cross dons the Yellowjacket and fights Lang before Lang is arrested by Paxton. His mind addled by the imperfect shrinking technology, Cross holds Cassie hostage to lure Lang into another fight; this time, Lang shrinks to subatomic size to penetrate Cross' suit and sabotage it to shrink uncontrollably, killing Cross. Lang disappears into the quantum realm but manages to reverse the suit's mechanism and return to the real world. In gratitude for Lang's heroism, Paxton covers for Lang to keep him out of prison. Seeing that Lang survived and returned from the quantum realm, Pym wonders if his wife is alive as well. Later, Lang meets up with Luis, who tells him that Wilson is looking for him.In a mid-credits scene, Pym shows van Dyne a new Wasp prototype suit and offers it to her. In a post-credits scene, Wilson and Steve Rogers have Bucky Barnes in their custody. Unable to contact Tony Stark due to "the accords", Wilson mentions that he "knows a guy".
Ant-Man - starring Paul Rudd, Paul Rudd, Corey Stoll, Corey Stoll, to name a few, has been receiving rave reviews ever since the film hit theatres. Social media is abuzz and fans Marvel fans across the world are talking about the film. Here are some responses to Ant-Man on micro-blogging site Twitter...
@AntMan Possibly the best @Marvel movie yet!🐜 Brilliant action and funny! 😆 Make sure you stay for mid AND end credit scenes!! #AntMan
frankly on paper this movie does not work. the idea is a big whopper. the plot has holes. the writing is sloppy, and michael douglas is here with the worst performance of his career. however, it still manages to entertain.