Ant-Man is the best Marvel film of the year, and come the end of 2015 theres a very good chance itll be the best superhero film of the year period.
Granted it may be swimming in a shallower pool than most years, in terms of comic-book movies, but to go up against the superhero behemoth that is Age of Ultron and come out on top is no small feat.
Marvel have shown time and again that they really know what theyre doing with their cinematic universe, something a lot of other studios are now playing catch-up with. And while theyre all haphazardly making attempts to cobble together a universe out of nothing, Marvel are taking more and more risks.
Last years Guardians of the Galaxy was the first of these, a relatively unknown comic series with characters who were way out there, and Ant-Man is another fine example of that. Its a superhero who, er, shrinks to the size of an ant? And even the movie makes fun of the name. Yet here it is, in the big-budget, shiny Marvel package youd associate more with Iron Man or Captain America, and somehow it manages to work really well.
Its a credit to Kevin Feige and the team hes put together for this movie that it does so, a rag-tag group pulled together from well outside the usual comic-book norm (a comedy actor and a director who hasnt actually made a movie in seven years) to create a film that ensures Marvel Phase Two ends on a high note, and heres a look at those elements that all came together to make this Marvels most surprising film yet