The production of Ant–Man was less than straight-forward following the loss of British director Edgar Wright. The man behind Shaun of the Dead abandoned the project in May 2014 due to “creative differences” with Marvel, and that left the movie in a difficult position.
Leading man Paul Rudd and Anchorman director Adam McKay took on the rewrite, while Peyton Reed (Yes Man) stepped into the director’s seat. As a result, there is a general feeling of what might have been throughout the finished product.
Rudd stars as ex-con Scott Lang, fresh out of prison for anti-corporate crimes and as a result, struggling to find work as well as a way to reconnect with his daughter who he rarely is allowed to see.
After breaking into the home of former tech-head Dr Hank Pym (Michael Douglas), Scott steals a hidden suit that he discovers can shrink him down to the size of an ant (believe it or not).
Upon his discovery, Lang is approached by Dr Pym and offered the role of Ant-Man in order to stop villainous Darren Cross (Corey Stoll) from stealing the doctor’s formula and weaponising it.
Casting is all-important in these films and Rudd’s comedic comforts tie in well with the superhero role. We saw the same with Chris Pratt in Guardians of the Galaxy in a film that didn’t take itself too seriously and flourished as a result. Ant-Man follows a similar trend but not quite to the same extent, which is a slight disappointment.
There is plenty of typical Marvel laughs and the action and CGI is very impressive – but again, it’s up for debate whether the final product would have been different under the direction of Wright.