Hearing that Paul Rudd would play Ant-Man seemed like one of the stranger castings in recent memory. Seeing a rom-com goofball play a superhero just didn’t sound like a good fit, especially when Rudd, who is a modern day Dorian Gray, is best known for these types of roles. Heck, even Rudd admitted he never thought he’d see the day when Marvel came calling. So it’s with great surprise to see that not only was he the perfect fit for Ant-Man, but he absolutely nailed the part.
We’ve been skeptical about the potential of Ant-Man since the beginning. Starting in 2008, Marvel has slowly built up an entire cinematic universe, introducing us to characters like Hulk, Iron Man, Captain America and more. So it was always a little weird to see a character like Ant-Man introduced this deep into the MCU; the movie marks the end of Marvel’s Phase 2 after all, giving off the impression that Ant-Man is kind of a side project, and not part of the bigger picture.
But that couldn’t be further from the truth. In fact, Ant-Man is easily among the better Marvel movies that have come out so far, which is saying a lot. And it’s not just Rudd that stands out. Director Peyton Reed brilliantly sets up what’s to come down the road, giving us a taste of some important plot points that will play a big role when Phase 3 kicks off (starting with Captain America: Civil War next year.)
The premise of Ant-Man sounds corny no matter how you slice it. “Imagine a soldier the size of an ant.” But check your preconceived notions at the door, because Ant-Man will surprise you—and surprise you again. Not only are the action set pieces believable and incredibly fun, but Ant-Man as a whole is wonderfully charming and hilarious. There are also some touching moments with Rudd and his onscreen daughter, which helps ground the film in a beautiful way.
We won’t spoil any of the movie for you, but just know that Ant-Man is completely unexpected (in a good way). Paul Rudd is perfect as Ant-Man, and some key elements are introduced to the MCU, setting up some exciting stuff to come. Check out Jon’s review above to hear more about what he thought about Ant-Man, and why it shouldn’t be missed.