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Film: Ant-Man

"One question... Is it too late to change the name?"
— Scott Lang

Ant-Man is a July 2015 film directed by Peyton Reed and written by Adam McKay, based on the comic book property of the same name. It marks the twelfth film of the Marvel Cinematic Universe and the last entry in the MCU's Phase 2 slate.

Its story follows Scott Lang, a career criminal who is bailed out of prison by retired inventor Hank Pym for One Last Job: steal Pym's research from his former company, before it can be abused by the firm's new owners. To accomplish this, Pym outfits Lang with the "Ant-Man" suit, a piece of technology with the ability to both increase the wearer's strength and shrink them down to the size of an ant.

The film stars Paul Rudd as Scott Lang / Ant-Man, Michael Douglas as Hank Pym, Evangeline Lilly as Hope van Dyne, Corey Stoll as Darren Cross / Yellowjacket and John Slattery as Howard Stark. Other cast members include, Michael Pena, Judy Greer, T.I. and Wood Harris.

Previews: Ant-Sized Teaser, Human-Sized Teaser, Trailer 1

This movie includes examples of:

  • Adaptation Dye-Job:
    • Scott's daughter Cassie is a brunette rather than a blonde.
    • Lang himself is a redhead in the comic, and black-haired in the film.
  • Adaptational Heroism: In the comics, Hope Van Dyne - or rather, Hope Pym - appears in the Marvel Comics 2 continuity (a future-based timeline to the main series) and is an Axe Crazy villain called Red Queen. In the MCU, all leaked information suggests that although she is on strained relations with her father due to her mother's death years ago, she's more-or-less on the side of good here.
  • Age Lift: Hank Pym, a contemporary of Tony Stark and Bruce Banner in the comics, is depicted as a retired superhero from the 1960's, making him as old as he would have been had the comic character aged in real time.
  • Animal-Themed Superbeing:
    • Ant-Man wears a costume that looks a bit like a red ant and has the power to shrink to the size of an ant.
    • Yellowjacket wears a black and yellow variant designed to evoke the image of a wasp.
  • Applied Phlebotinum: Henry Pym's scientific discovery, the "Pym Particles", are what allows Ant-Man to change his size.
  • Atrocious Alias:
    • Scott appears to think this of "Ant-Man".
      Scott: One question: is it too late to change the name?
    • This might also be a reference to the various names the character has had in the comics.
  • Bald of Evil: Darren Cross
  • Big Bad: Corrupt Corporate Executive Darren Cross, a Starter Villain for Scott in the comics.
  • Black Best Friend: T.I. has stated that his character, Dave, is "A superhero's homeboy." He is part of a trio of inmates Scott grows close to in prison, who are later instrumental in Scott's plan to steal the Yellowjacket suit from Cross.
  • Call Back: Posters for "Pingo Doce," the Brazilian soda company that Bruce Banner worked for in The Incredible Hulk, can be seen in the San Francisco scenes.
  • The Caper: Was described as a "heist movie" by Edgar Wright when he was still set to direct. In the comics, Scott Lang stole the Ant-Man suit in hopes of pulling off enough heists to save his sick daughter. This time around though, it's Hank who wants Scott to use the Ant-Man technology to pull off a heist.
  • Composite Character:
    • Douglas says that Janet died in the process of him inventing the Ant-Man gear, so possibly Janet with Pym's first wife, Maria.
    • In a rare example that also counts as a Decomposite Character, Yellowjacket is Darren Cross, who was a completely separate character in the comics. The Yellowjacket suit also has mechanical legs much like the Ant-Man suit worn by Eric O'Grady.
    • Hope sports her mother Janet's trademark bob hairstyle. She may also end up being the MCU's version of the Wasp, either as a Legacy Character to Janet or as a replacement - we'll have to wait and see.
  • Decomposite Character: Yellowjacket is the villain of the film, though he will be Darren Cross instead of Hank Pym.
  • Demoted to Extra: Henry Pym, the first Ant-Man in the comics, is a supporting character. The movie focuses on Lang instead.
  • Evil Counterpart: Yellowjacket, to Ant-Man.
  • Every Thing Is An I Pod In The Future: The Ant-Man suit was invented decades ago and looks rather rough. In contrast, the Yellowjacket suit has been described as looking like "Apple made an Ant-Man suit."
  • Legacy Character: Scott Lang seems to be the main character, and as in the comics is the second person to take the role of Ant-Man, following Hank Pym.
  • Mad Scientist's Beautiful Daughter: Hope van Dyne, who is estranged from her father Hank after something that happened between him and her mother Janet.
  • Movie Superheroes Wear Black: The costume is a lot darker than the one from the comics, but still has red in the chest area.
  • Mythology Gag:
    • Hope Van Dyne sports a short bob hairstyle, much like the one her mother Janet wore in the comics.
    • The Yellowjacket suit looks similar to the G.I. Ant-Man armor from the short-lived Irredeemable Ant-Man series.
    • Lang suggests changing the "Ant-Man" name. Pym is prone to changing his superhero name.
  • Patrick Stewart Speech:
    • Pym gives Scott one:
      Dr. Pym: Scott, I've been watching you for a while, now. You're different. Now, don't let anyone tell you that you have nothing to offer. Second chances don't come around all that often. I suggest you take a really close look at it. This is your chance - to earn that look in your daughter's eyes. To become the hero that she already thinks you are. It's not about saving our world; it's about saving theirs. Scott, I need you... to be the Ant-Man.
    • Which is immediately ruined by Scott's unimpressed reaction:
      Scott: Huh.
  • Pint-Sized Powerhouse: Scott retains his human strength even when he shrinks down to the size of an ant, as in comics.
  • Retired Badass: Hank Pym is now a retired superhero who operated in the 60s.
  • Season Finale: The film is actually the final film of Phase Two, instead of Age of Ultron, as was presumed since The Avengers was the finale to Phase One.
  • Self-Deprecation: The trailer contains this line in reference to the Ant-Man moniker:
    Scott Lang: One question. Is it too late to change the name?
  • Size Shifter: The Ant-Man suit allows its wearer to shrink in size, yet retain their strength at their normal size.
  • Three-Point Landing: We see this in the trailer. When he gets shrunk, he appears to keep his center of gravity stationary, so falls to the ground and lands all classy.
  • Unexpected Character:
    • Few were expecting the Ant-Man movie to get off the ground after years of Development Hell; by the time it arrived, the superhero was considered an unexpected pick for the Marvel Cinematic Universe.
    • In the film itself there's Hope van Dyne, who goes by Red Queen (Hope Pym) in the Marvel Comics 2 universe.
    • The use of Darren Cross, a character who appeared in one issue before dying, as the Big Bad.