How Does Marvel’s Ant-Man Stack Up Against the Rest of Phase Two?

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Directed by: Peyton Reed

Story by: Edgar Wright, Joe Cornish

Screenplay by: Edgar Wright, Joe Cornish, Adam McKay, Paul Rudd

Starring: Paul Rudd, Evangeline Lilly, Corey Stoll, Bobby Cannavale, Michael Peña, Tip “T.I.” Harris, Wood Harris, Judy Greer, David Dastmalchian, Michael Douglas

Stingers: Two

3D: Yes

Marvel has a plan for their modern cinematic universe. We know of at least three planned phases. The first phase started with Iron Man (2008), and ended with Marvel’s the Avengers (2012).

Phase two started with Iron Man 3 (2013) followed by Thor: The Dark World (2013), Captain America: The Winter Solider (2014), Guardian of the Galaxy (2014), Avengers: Age of Ultron (2015), and closes out with Ant-Man (2015). Phase two has been epic to say the least. Iron Man 3 being the only mediocre film of the bunch. I have to also say the excitement of Age of Ultron has worn off on me and I’m accepting the fact it wasn’t as good as the first Avengers’ film, nor as good as it should have been. 
So how does Ant-Man stack up against the other phase two films? Quiet well actually. This is probably my favorite (not necisarily the best, there is a difference) of the Marvel movies. Watching this movie at the Boeing IMAX theater in Dolby Digital 3D definitely helps. It couldn’t save Terminator: Genisys from being a horrible film, but it definitely elevates Ant-Man in an epic way. 

 I made the bold statement a few months back that if Marvel wanted to avoid the inevitable burn out of their fans that they needed to do something different. I suggested going dark e.g. Nolan’s Batman series. While Marvel did take my advice (they didn’t know I gave them) and changed things up, they didn’t go dark. Instead they made a hilarious heist/big adventure movie. It was like Innerspace (1987) meets Oceans Eleven (2001), or Fantastic Voyage (1966) meets the Italian Job (2003). I think this can be attributed that is the genius that is Edgar Wright and the writing credit he received for this film despite leaving the production due to differences of opinion.  

So all that being said, where would I rank Ant-Man among the other movies in phase two? Here’s my list best to worst. Not necessarily my favorite to least favorite. I tried to exclude my personal preference, and look at each film objectively. I also considered things like popularity, production, writing, contribution to the overall phase 2 story arch, little things like that. 

1. Winter Solider

2. Guardians of the Galaxy

3. Ant-Man

4. Thor: the Dark World 

5. Age of Ultron

6. Iron Man 3 

These movies are hard to rank because I like them all for different reasons.

I can’t wait to bring my daughter to see Ant-Man. She’s never been to the theater before and I want to see her eyes light up when Ant-Man shrinks down for the first time and rides a tsunami in a bathtub. As corny as that sounds it had me awe. I hope it’s similar to how excited I was when I first saw Go see this movie in theaters, in 3D, and in IMAX if you can. It’s worth the extra money. 

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