The Marvel Universe continues to expand with Ant-Man, starring Paul Rudd as Scott Lang, a small time crook who is given the chance to become a tiny superhero. The production problems with this film have been well documented so what’s the point in bringing them up again. Instead we’ll just say that Peyton Reed directs a film that also stars Evangeline Lilly, Corey Stole and Michael Douglas, and sees the return of Marvel mainstay Hayley Atwell as Peggy Carter and John Slattery as Howard Stark.
From the personnel involved, it’s clear Marvel are going for a more comedic tone with this one, and the trailer delivers at least one laugh but you have to hope that the train set isn’t the best gag, otherwise this film will seriously disappoint. There is also the risk that Marvel will reach peak saturation point soon; how many more origin stories can we handle, although the story of someone stepping into the persona of a pre-existing hero is new to this universe but if done right here, could prove to be a common theme as the original Captain America and Iron Man actors walk away from their roles.
Marvel will hope this film proves to be light contrast to the darkness coming in Avengers: Age of Ultron, just as Guardians of the Galaxy was the ideal counter-programming to Captain America: The Winter Soldier.
Ant-Man arrives in cinemas on 17 July 2015
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