“Ant-Man may just be my favorite Marvel film since Jon Favreau’s Iron Man (well, maybe excluding one film to which I’m partial). Honestly, the movie is a complete blast! I was so happy after seeing it. It’s never boring for a second and it’s hilarious and warm throughout. It doesn’t get caught up in the webbing of its own science-fiction concept like so many movies do these days, remaining simple and elegant. It’s a part of the Marvel universe without being ruled by that fact. Paul Rudd is nuanced and charming and funny and is a surprisingly natural fit as a modern superhero (side-fact – Paul must be a nice guy, because he and I dated the same girl in college, and yet I still love him). Michael Peña KILLS IT – this movie is going to make him a huge star. My old pal Judy Greer (she was Deadly Girl to my Minute Man in The Specials (film) many moons ago) is great in a small role. And Michael Douglas is awesome. I think all of Peyton Reed’s years directing have led him to making something as deft and nimble and joyous as this; he did an incredible job. And, despite Edgar Wright’s parting from Marvel, his spirit is felt through the entire project, and there is no doubt everyone owes him a huge debt of gratitude. I left the theater incredibly happy. So often I see movies by people I love which are just okay – it’s great to love a movie as much as I love the people who made it.
Congrats to the the whole Ant-Man team. Amazing work, guys! And, for the 99.99% of the people reading this who aren’t part of the Ant-Man team, go check it out when it hits theaters (in a lot of places) July 17.”
You could say he’s biased, working for Marvel and all, but his enthusiasm for the whole project and everyone involved seems genuine.
It’s also very promising to know that Edgar Wright’s wit, humor, and presence are still in the film because it was one of the biggest blows when he left the project. One of the things I’ve always believed about this film is that, at the very least, it would be fun and funny, especially with a lead like Paul Rudd, and Gunn reaffirms this. You can check out some of the humor for yourself in the new TV spot below.
We saw how well comedy worked for Marvel with Guardians so it’s exciting to have another entertaining and refreshing superhero film to look forward to. I’m more eager for this film than I ever have been.
Ant-Man, directed by Peyton Reed, and starring Paul Rudd, Evangeline Lilly, Corey Stoll, Michael Douglas, Bobby Cannavale, Michael Peña, Judy Greer, Tip “Ti” Harris, David Dastmalchian, Wood Harris, and Jordi Mollà, will hit theaters on July 17, 2015.
Are you looking forward to the film? What do you feel about Gunn’s thoughts? Sound off in the comments!