Reaction Time: Ant-Man

By Sara Da Silva

We all had our initial doubts, but Ant-Man certainly measured up.

Paul Rudd plays Scott Lang, a cat burglar recently released from prison, who catches the attention of scientist Hank Pym. Pym is forced to conceal his work into organic miniaturization from his ex-protégé Darren Cross, who is trying to invent something similar. Armed with the super-suit that allows for the ability to shrink in scale but maintain human strength, Scott is called upon to help Pym and his daughter defeat Cross.

The casting of Paul Rudd as Ant-Man signalled to the viewers immediately that it would take more of a comical route, as opposed to a serious and dark path. He certainly did not fail us there. My appreciation for Paul Rudd as an actor skyrocketed after watching Ant-Man on Friday. But of course the film would be nowhere without the hilarious writings of Edgar Wright and Joe Cornish. Although, they could have gone further and added even more comedic sequences but it’ll do. It’ll do nicely.

This movie had everything: a hilarious protagonist, an unbelievably hot and badass female lead, unexpected comedy gold from Luis, played by Michael Peña, and countless MCU Easter eggs. Including: Peggy Carter, Howard Stark, Mitchell Carson, the Avengers and their new facility, Hydra, and of course our beloved Stan Lee. That’s more than enough Easter eggs to make any Marvel fan squeal with excitement.

Now, let’s talk about those end credit scenes.

The first scene showed Hank Pym gifting his daughter, Hope, with a never-before-scene suit. Ant-Man is the only confirmed Marvel movie that will star Evangeline Lilly, but we’re hopeful that we might see a cameo of the Wasp in future Marvel movies, maybe Civil War or Avengers: Infinity War.

The post-credit scene threw me into a complete fit of excitement. My love for Captain America knows no bounds, so when Cap and Bucky appeared I may have slightly lost it. The scene, if you missed it, started off with Cap and Falcon revealing that they’ve found Bucky Barnes. Falcon suggests calling Tony Stark but Steve immediately shuts down that idea, saying that no one else can be trusted (hinting at the rift between Cap and Tony in Civil War). But there is one superhero that can be trusted: Ant-Man. Yes, that’s right, Ant-Man will be making an appearance in Civil War and I am over the moon.

Civil War is next up on the Marvel roster so start getting pumped. Bring on 2016.


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