The biggest danger the Marvel films have is their ever expanding universe, a person almost feels that they have to brush up on all the movies and televisions show before going to see the latest installment.
Ant-Man begins in the 80s with Dr. Hank Pym (Michael Douglas) pissed off when he finds out that S.H.I.E.L.D. and Howard Stark (John Slattery) have been trying to reproduce his "Pym-Particle" which allows a person to be shrunk to ant size. He believes the technology is too dangerous to be left in the hands of governments so he walks away from it all, “No one will have this formula while I am alive!” We then jump ahead to the present where we find out that Pym’s company is now being run by evil Darren Cross (Corey Stoll) and Pym’s estranged daughter Hope van Dyne (Evangeline Lilly). How evil is Cross? Well he’s also been spending his time trying to create shrinking soldier tech, but has only been able to get it to work on non organic matter, so he tests his latest formulas on a lamb. On cute fluffy white lamb!
He’s basically Lex Luthor without the charisma.
“We can’t let Stark get a hold of this, he’s an asshat.”
She is no one’s female sidekick.
When Darren Cross eventually dons the Yellow Jacket suit we are treated to an epic battle on a really small scale, and it gets huge points for originality and humor throughout the big finale, but unfortunately Cross just isn’t that interesting of a bad guy and he joins the ranks of Obadiah Stane, Whiplash, and Ronan as two dimensional villains we could care less about.
“Did I mention my costume shoots lasers?”
Overall this is a good Marvel film, just not one of the cream of the crop but a nice addition to the Marvel universe, and I’m sure he’ll make an excellent Avenger.