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Led by a charming performance from Paul Rudd, Ant-Man offers Marvel thrills on an appropriately smaller scale -- albeit not as smoothly as its most successful predecessors.



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The next evolution of the Marvel Cinematic Universe brings a founding member of The Avengers to the big screen for the first time with Marvel Studios' "Ant-Man." Armed with the astonishing ability to shrink in scale but increase in strength, master thief Scott Lang must embrace his inner-hero and help his mentor, Dr. Hank Pym, protect the secret behind his spectacular Ant-Man suit from a new generation of towering threats. Against seemingly insurmountable obstacles, Pym and Lang must plan and pull off a heist that will save the world. -- (C) Marvel

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Paul Rudd
as Scott Lang/Ant-Man
Michael Douglas
as Dr. Hank Pym
Evangeline Lilly
as Hope Van Dyne
Corey Stoll
as Darren Cross/Yellowjacket
Judy Greer
as Maggie
John Slattery
as Howard Stark
Jordi Molla
as Castillo
as Dave
Sam Medina
as Bunker Guard #2
Bari Suzuki
as Howard Stark Assistant
as Prison Officer
Rod Hallett
as Ten Rings
Zack Duhame
as Beta Guard
Aaron Saxton
as Pym Security Guard
Raul Colon
as Prisoner
Fred Galle
as Limo Driver
Jim R. Coleman
as Pym Gate Guard
Desmond Phillips
as Pym Tech Security #1
Steven Wiig
as Lollipop Man
Laidee P. Jas
as Latina Gangster
Leilani Amour Arenzana
as SF Tenderloin Resident
Bradley Bowen
as CIA Agent
Chace Beck
as Pym Tech Employee
Joe Bucaro III
as Ring Buyer
Etienne Vick
as Jeep Driver
Erik Betts
as Helicopter Pilot
Kimberly Tran
as Pym Tech Receptionist
Michael Zovistoski
as Uniform Police Officer
Amor Owens
as Shareholder
Walter Hendrix, III
as Police Det. Brown
Joel Hebner
as Pym Tech Elite Security Guard
Jonathan Roger Neal
as Suited Guard
DuRa Brown
as Uniformed Guard
Erick Wofford
as Pym Tech Employee
Neal Genys
as School kid
Hayley Gagner
as Pedestrian in Rain
Garrett H. Dumas
as Uniform Police Officer
Mike Benitez
as Dog Owner
Scott Ledbetter
as Officer Green
Richard Pis
as Panamaian soldier
Thomas Dalby
as Fort Point Bicyclist
Fernando Martínez
as Bunker Guard #1
Jonathan S. Kennedy
as Prison Guard Villegas
Shafayat Ahmed
as Pym Tech Employee
Jason Speer
as Pym Tech Supervisor
Diego Ward
as Panamanian Guard
Blake Sewell
as Prisoner
Steve Warky Nunez
as Homeless Man
Larry Kitagawa
as Fisherman
Debi Kimsey
as Shareholder
Kevin Buttimer
as Lab Technician
Benito M. Selim
as Street Vendor
Ray Benitez
as Shareholder/Buyer
Tahseen Ghauri
as Pym Tech Employee
Bobby Ysip
as Taxi Driver
Lori D. Dotson
as Pym Tech Employee/Personal Assistant
Brian Gonzalez
as Pym Tech Valet
Sean Boncato
as Nissan Truck Driver
Brian H. Kim
as Pedestrian
Ed Moye
as Delivery Man
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Critic Reviews for Ant-Man

All Critics (311) | Top Critics (53)

  • No other Marvel installment has felt as weighed down by its obligations to the franchise.

    Nov 10, 2015
  • [Ants are] pests, and that's just a weird place to start for a superhero, especially if he never strays too far from his origins.

    Aug 14, 2015 | Rating: 2/4
  • At long last Marvel Studios offers up a superhero smaller than its artistic ambitions.

    Jul 23, 2015 | Full Review…
  • The overwhelming, self-serious sense that we are watching something Very Important blissfully doesn't exist in Ant-Man. It's just plain fun: light, breezy, simple and enjoyable.

    Jul 22, 2015 | Rating: 3/4 | Full Review…
  • What, if anything, holds "Ant-Man" together? First, Paul Rudd, who is laughably unheroic, and has the grace to know as much ...

    Jul 20, 2015 | Full Review…
  • It's difficult to shake the sense that the film was assembled hurriedly and somewhat haphazardly. Which, from all available evidence, is exactly what happened.

    Jul 18, 2015 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for Ant-Man

  • Jun 18, 2016
    See more reviews like this at Ant Man, for me, was a breath of fresh air. Marvel Studios has demonstrated, especially in their most recent films, that they have taken on a new style; incorporating humour into superhero films. This film is primarily humour-driven, spearheaded by the protagonist played by Paul Rudd and brilliantly accompanied by Lang's sidekick Luis (Michael Pena). The humour dominated the film; from the one-liners and Marvel movie references ('Why don't we just call in the Avengers?') to the goofy remarks and comedic shrinking and enlarging of various items, I couldn't stop laughing. It was great to see a good quality superhero film being considered a comedy without spoofing. This is yet another example of Marvel taking huge risks and pulling them off with great success. They truly have found a formula to success. This film wasn't trying to be a massive blockbuster where the fate of the universe is in the balance. The best element of the film is that it's aware of its small scale and works with that. Lang is the classic unwilling hero, who is trained by the sarcastic father-daughter duo Hank and Hope; both of which demonstrate major character development within themselves and their rocky relationship which is beautiful to watch unfold. After rigorous training, Ant-Man becomes a heist movie which sees Lang's street friends collaborate with the highly professional Pym's to get Scott into a high security facility- with both humorous and interesting results. This movie, once again, surprised me with its storyline centred around family, evident in some highly emotional moments. The cast was fairly small for a Marvel film, but among them were Paul Rudd, Michael Douglas, Evangeline Lilly, and Michael Pena with cameo appearances from Anthony Mackie (who plays Falcon in Marvel films) and Hayley Atwell (who plays a World War II Veteran Peggy Carter). The cast was well-chosen by Director Peyton Reed for a film of this type. All of them bring something unique and funny to the overall result. The genres included by Reed were action, adventure, and comedy, with hints of drama and romance. It, like many Marvel films, is age-appropriate. Sadly, this film was not flawless. My biggest issue was the villain. Darren Cross (Corey Stoll) managed to recreate Pym's Ant-Man suit with some enhancements by the name of 'Yellowjacket'. After staying in his business attire for 3 quarters of the film, he changes into the yellowjacket, and hence is born as yet another generic villain. They both have exactly the same powers and it becomes a battle of brain over brawn in the climax. To many movie fans, this will sound very familiar. The next thing was something that Reed obviously didn't care about when he made this and it's also ironically one of the things I like about this film; the lack of large-scale action. Ant-Man, while he has many advantages, isn't exactly the most epic hero of all. But this cannot be helped. Overall, I had a lot of fun with Ant Man, and it certainly strayed from a cliche superhero film. It was original and that was one of its best traits. We might see more of this going on after Ant Man's success; the nearest one being the much less family friendly Marvel Fox film; Deadpool. It didn't bring in as much money as The Avengers, it wasn't as large a scale, but it did this new character justice and was executed in the best form possible. And obviously it worked, as Ant Man is scheduled to appear in both 2016's Captain America: Civil War, and 2018's sequel Ant Man and the Wasp.
    Christopher B Super Reviewer
  • May 10, 2016
    Ant-Man was such a surprise. I didn't think a movie like this would ever exist and I honestly didn't know anything going in, now I love this character! Let me go into what I liked/disliked. Positives: 1. The characters; Paul Rudd nailed it as Scott Lang! You care about him and you see where he's coming from and he's entertaining. Michael Douglas was fantastic as Hank Pym, it was nice to see Douglas back and he was great. Michael Pena was hilarious and the rest of the cast was good too. 2. The tone and writing; this movie is really funny, in fact the comedy overtakes the action to be honest. This film surprisingly has heart to it and it did get emotionally powerful when Scott shrunk into those molecules. I love the scenes where Scott is tiny, its very entertaining and innovative too. especially the final fight scene which was all at a train track. Negatives: 1. The villain turning into Yellowjacket was very tact on and rushed. There was no real proper build up to it. They should've showed scenes of him testing out the Yellowjacket, but he just puts it on in the last second for that final fight scene. It was so forced. 2. It could've been a little bit more funny at times. Originally Edgar Wright was going to direct but he left apparently because Marvel got in the way too much, which was a shame cause if he had directed this film, it would've been a lot more funny. But the final product we got was not that bad though. Overall: Ant-Man was a fun movie filled with humorous moments as well as heartfelt ones. I can't wait for the sequel!
    Diyar G Super Reviewer
  • Mar 29, 2016
    I'm probably one of the few that actually loved the character of Ant-Man from the original Avengers comics. I was really excited when I heard they were bringing the Scott Lang version to the big screen and I'm happy to say that the movie doesn't fail in any way. It's a very good movie that doesn't go the usual 'worldwide destruction' route as the other movies and keeps the stakes small. It's a movie that deserves so much praise and it is definitely one of the best MCU movies. I can't help but want to see the Edgar Wright version of it, though.
    Lasse G Super Reviewer
  • Mar 26, 2016
    A wonderfully unique take on the superhero film, Ant-Man is smaller scale (no pun intended) and benefits from it. The action scenes are both hilarious and inventive, and Paul Rudd is perfect in the title role.
    Matthew M Super Reviewer

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