Following The Avengers und Guardians of the Galaxy, Marvel will bring one of their "smaller" super heroes to the big screen this summer: the Ant-Man
Master thief Scott Lang (Paul Rudd) is ready to atone for his wrong-doings, when Dr. Hank Pym (Michael Douglas) approaches him and becomes his mentor. Soon he shares his secret of the mysterious Ant-Man Suit with Scott, whom he wants to save the world using a rather strange alias: Ant-Man. Scott doesn't seem too happy with his funny new name, but embraces the new super power that comes with his spanking new costume: The suit lets him shrink to the size of an ant, at the same time making him super strong. The safety of the whole world is at stake - a usual scenario whenever the Marvel super heroes team up. And once again the story has been spiced up with a good portion of humour - and a rather "wishy-washy" villan: "Yellowjacket".
Peyton Reed directed the Ant-Man and he is an unknown figure in the realm comic film adaptions. His focus had been on comedy, mostly, when he followed in the footsteps of British director Edgar Wrigth in 2014. Wright, who has a portfolio of several awards and nominations, had been the initial choice to direct the film. He left the project due to "creative differences" but still is credited for his collaboration on Ant-Man's screenplay and story.
The change of directors - and the latest trailer - herald a rather family friendly motion picture. Next to the ususal end-of-the world stuff a lighter tune will probably set the tone.
Ant-Man is the 12th installment of Marvel's cinematic universe and is going to celebrate its world premiere on June 29, 2015 in Los Angeles.
Ant-Man co-creator Stan Lee first presented the idea of a film to Marvel's former parent company New World Entertainment in the late 1980s. It is said that the idea was dismissed, because Walt Disney Pictures were following a similar film concept with their comedy Honey, I Shrunk the Kids. At least this is how Sean Howe tells it in his 2012 Marvel Comics: The Untold Story.
Recently the first Ant-Man press screenings were held and general response indicates that Marvel will probably celebrate another huge box office success thanks to one of their "smaller" super heroes.