MCU Moments: Ant-Man
With Avengers: Endgame tickets now on sale, we are officially on a countdown. Avengers: Endgame is the culmination of the universe as we know it, and we have been reviewing some of the origin stories in preparation for this event. So far we have reviewed The Incredible Hulk, Thor, Captain America, and Guardians of the Galaxy, and today we reach one that was a smaller release for Marvel Studios. Released in July of 2015, Ant-Man was directed by Peyton Reed and written by Edgar Wright, Joe Cornish, Adam McKay, and Paul Rudd. The film debuted Paul Rudd as Scott Lang and Michael Douglas as Hank Pym. The film’s cast also introduced Evangeline Lilly, Corey Stoll, Bobby Cannavale, Michael Peña, Tip “T.I.” Harris, Judy Greer, David Dastmalchian, and Abby Ryder Fortson to the Marvel universe. The film went on to earn over $519 million worldwide with its 2018 sequel outperforming the original.
So, what moments stand out in this miniature adventure?
1) The Tip
This is an aspect of the Ant-Man films that has become not just a running gag but a hallmark of these films. Luis is a hilarious and likable character, and he certainly does have a penchant for stories as evidenced here. Whenever Scott asks him to explain how he received this tip for a potential score, Luis gives an excessive amount of unnecessary information. However, the real highlight is hearing his voice coming out of the mouths of countless other people. This is the first time we witness this unique brand of storytelling, and I will never forget cracking up in the theater about it.
As a bonus we also get a second story like this at the end, so that can be our unofficial fifth memorable moment.
2) Scott’s Suit Introduction
While this is not the funniest sequence in this movie, Scott’s introduction to the suit is extremely memorable. He puts on the suit not expecting much, and then he finds himself in the terrifying situation of being tiny and essentially invisible. He doesn’t know this voice that is speaking to him, and he must dodge feet during a party in addition to rodents and vacuum cleaners. Scott learns how terrifying the world can be from that standpoint, and after this harrowing experience, he quickly and hilariously returns the stolen suit.
Hope also calls the police on him immediately after this, and it’s kind of the perfect next step after his initial reaction and experience with the suit.
3) The Job
There are a lot of fun moments leading up to the job, but the actual execution of their plan is a great sequence. The inclusion of Scott’s three friends add to the hilarity and intricacies of the job. Additionally, it truly is the culmination of all the storylines that have been established. Cross has finished the suit and offers it to buyers. Scott uses all of his training to successfully destroy the files and attempts to kidnap the suit. We have the twist where Cross has figured it all out, and we get a nice hero moment for Scott. He manages to save Hank, and we get to witness Scott fully utilizing his Ant-Man capabilities.
We also get to experience Hank and Hope crashing out of the lab in a full-sized tank to the amazement of the police, so that cool and unexpected moment really deserves to be highlighted.
4) Into the Quantum Realm
Obviously all of the fights in the third act between Scott and Cross are exciting to watch. You have to love the fight on the toy train track and the enlargement of random objects, but it all culminates in a decision that is central to the Ant-Man character. Years before Janet had to decide to sacrifice herself in order to save many, and Scott is faced with the same choice. He has to go subatomic to save Cassie, and he makes that decision with little hesitation. The destruction of Darren’s suit is uncomfortable to watch, but the bright colors and distorted realities of the quantum realm are intriguing. We watch Scott pass through into nothingness, and then at the end of it all, he manages to come back. He defies the odds and finds his way back to Cassie, baffling Hank and everyone involved.
It’s quite a memorable sequence, and this moment only becomes more important in the grand scheme of the MCU as the quantum realm will likely play a huge role in Avengers: Endgame.
So, what moments stand out for you from Ant-Man? Where does it rank among your favorites in the franchise?
Be sure to let us know in the comments, and catch up with us next week as we look at another origin story in our countdown to Avengers: Endgame.