While the Avengers are off doing their own thing, this film focusses in on Scott Lang (Paul Rudd), a thief and a father who's trying to redeem himself after being released from prison. That's when Scott is approached by Hank Pym (Michael Douglas), a scientist formally known as Ant-Man. Hank comes to Scott with an offer. An offer that'll pay off big time. Low on cash and in desperate need to support his daughter, Cassie (Abby Ryder Fortson), Scott agrees to work with Hank, attempting to steal back Hank's technology from Darren Cross (Corey Stoll), who's using it to create weapons. Y'know, the usual bad guy stuff.
I am a comic book reader. I love them. When looking at all three incarnations of Ant-Man, the only one I haven't read much about is Scott Lang, so going into this film I didn't really know where his character was going, aside from the obvious fact that he'll be appearing in Captain America: Civil War next year. Just like with last year's Guardians of the Galaxy, this played to my advantage, and the result was completely enthralling. He felt fresh, rather than someone I know almost everything about. It's Marvel doing something new.
The plot is so unlike-Marvel, choosing to do a heist movie rather than an end of the world-type scenario. The formula was getting familiar and people were starting to pick up on that. So now we have Ant-Man, and although the plot is very un-Marvel, that doesn't necessarily make it new. It's the same old plot we've seen in dozens of other movies, except this time around it adds a superhero twist to the whole thing, but that doesn't stop it from feeling a bit 'been there, done that.'
An element of this movie that I wasn't expecting was its heart. It's no tear-jerker, but it does manage to tangle its way into our hearts. Although the final outcome of everyone's relationship with each other can be seen a mile away, it adds a layer to the film that was missing from films such as Age of Ultron. That film was a visual representation of its robotic antagonist, and the result is far from perfect. I'm not saying that this is a perfect movie either, but I am saying that it knows how to be touching, so what else could you possibly want? An original story? An even sinister villain? The trailers to not ruin the whole plot? Good point.
To sum up, Ant-Man has to work hard to earn its fanbase, unlike all but one of the Marvel films that came before it, and it does a damn good job at doing so, creating an entertaining, hilarious and exciting movie with plenty of pulse pounding action and a lot of heart.