There is no end to Marvel Comics' characters. This PG-13 actioner is unique in a very special way and its crossover plan is firmly in place by the final (final, final) curtain. Of course the movie consists of a steady stream of special effects, hung on a fairly flimsy story punctuated by Daddy Issues, but I LIKE Paul Rudd, and the "Avengers" link is fun. (You have to watch for it, I'm not telling...smile...)

Director Peyton Reed (Lots of TV) has all he needs to make a blockbuster. My impression was that he cooked up a cinematic Chinese dinner: Tasty, but it didn't stick to my ribs. Instead, to my delight I found much of my attention focused on the humor to be found in our hero's "support" team.

The cast:
  • Paul Rudd ("Parks and Recreation") Con-man Scott Lang becomes Ant-Man in an unusual way...well, maybe not for a Marvel character...but... His first official job as Ant-Man is to burgle Tony Stark's warehouse. I liked the back story about his crime that landed him in prison in the first place.
  • Michael Douglas ("Beyond the Candelabra") Dr. Hank Pym is either evil or brilliant depending on how his Ant-Man suit is used. He still grieves the loss of his wife and fears for his daughter's future.
  • Evangeline Lilly ("The Hobbit") Hope van Dyne seems to be confronting her father with her choice of profession.
  • Corey Stoll ("The Good Lie") Darren Cross is a former colleague of Dr. Pym's. His creation, Yellowjacket, is a villain to (try to) avoid!
  • Michael Peña ("The Martian") Peña almost steals this movie. To me, Luis is the most consistently funny character on the screen and Director Reed uses him extremely well.
  • T.I. ("Get Hard") Dave is one of Lang's accomplices. He too, is very funny as a would-be thief and Luis wouldn't be as funny without Dave to help: "back up...back up...back up..."
  • Judy Greer ("Archer") Maggie Lang took her little girl Cassie and has moved on with her life after her husband went to prison. Cassie misses him, though.
  • Bobby Cannavale ("Danny Collins") Paxton is a flummoxed cop determined to put Lang back in jail.
  • Garrett Morris ("Two Broke Girls") This cabdriver doesn't have much to do, but I wanted to acknowledge Mr. Morris's very long, very productive career.
The Computer Generated Imaging is so overwhelming during the many action scenes, I was rarely sure what was going on; however, watch for the unique lip sync scenes when Luis relates what just happened. Even Stan Lee gets in on the act as a bartender! We always watch for him!

Expect non-stop action, a chaste kiss and no nudity or F-bombs, but lots and lots of gunfire, fisticuffs and special effects. Whew! Remember, this is a Marvel movie but this time wait for TWO little teasers during and after the closing credits scroll. As a rule, we expect only one little snippet to give us a hint about an upcoming film.
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Here is a sample:
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