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Film: Ant-Man

Ant-Man is a 2015 film and the twelfth film of the Marvel Cinematic Universe, and the first film of Phase 3.

Ant-Man follows the adventures of a superhero who can shrink himself down to the size of an ant using a special subatomic particle, and communicate with ants through the use of a cybernetic helmet. Has been in production for a LONG time, with director Edgar Wright first pitching the story to Marvel in 2006. Stars Paul Rudd as Scott Lang / Ant-Man, Michael Douglas as Hank Pym, Evangeline Lilly as Hope van Dyne and Corey Stoll as Darren Cross / Yellowjacket. Other cast members include John Slattery as Howard Stark, Michael Pena, Judy Greer, T.I. and Wood Harris. Wright was originally set to direct the film, but left the movie in May 2014 due to creative differences. The film will now be directed by Peyton Reed, the director of Yes-Man and Bring It On, with writing from Adam McKay.

This movie includes examples of:

  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Big Bad: Corrupt Corporate Executive Darren Cross, a Starter Villain for Scott in the comics.
  • Call Back: Posters for "Pingo Doce," the Brazilian soda company that Dr. 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 Jan died in the process of him inventing the Ant-Man gear, so possibly Janet with Pym's first wife, Maria.
    • In a rare Composite Character / Decomposite Character example, Yellowjacket is Darren Cross, who was a completely separate character in the comics.
    • Hope sports her mother Janet's trademark bob hairstyle.
  • Decomposite Character: Yellowjacket is the villain of the film, though he will be Darren Cross instead of Hank Pym.
  • Death by Adaptation: Janet Van Dyne
  • 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.
  • Everything Is an iPod 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.
  • 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.
  • Size Shifter: The Ant-Man suit allows it's wearer to change his size.
  • Unexpected Character: Thought Marvel would go back to making A-list hero movies after something like Guardians of the Galaxy? Well think again.
    • 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.

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