Posted on Friday, June 26th, 2015 by Angie Han
It’s been tough to tell what exactly we should expect from Marvel’s Ant-Man. It was an Edgar Wright movie until it wasn’t, and the character isn’t particularly well known outside the comics. Even the marketing has been kind of confused. Sometimes the film is sold as a straightforward superhero drama, and other times as a Guardians of the Galaxy-esque romp.
Well, wonder no more. Marvel has finally started screening Peyton Reed‘s completed Ant-Man, and the first critics’ reactions are in. Read the Ant-Man early buzz after the jump.
First, a PSA: Ant-Man has not one but two credits scenes, and people are raving about them. So stick around ’til the very end, kids.
Recent Marvel credit scenes have been kind of minor, but ANT-MAN has two (mid-credits and at the very end) that, unlike its hero, are huge.
— Kyle Buchanan (@kylebuchanan) June 26, 2015
And now, on to the reactions:
"Ant-Man" is hugely entertaining, and a truly significant puzzle piece in the Marvel Universe. This one's got a big sweet heart.
— ImperatorHitFixDrew (@DrewAtHitFix) June 26, 2015
ANT-MAN is fantastic fun with heart, wildly clever set-pieces, and a scene-stealing Michael Pena. It's a movie I want to be friends with.
— Haleigh Foutch (@HaleighFoutch) June 26, 2015
So I saw ANT-MAN & I dug it! Most inventive action scenes yet & tons of heart. A softer, more intimate #Marvel movie and a great family film
— ErikDavis (@ErikDavis) June 26, 2015
Ant-Man isn't just great entertainment, it's also a great movie. Marvel's most human film to date. Fantastic.
— Jack Giroux (@JackGi) June 26, 2015
Ant-Man ties into the MCU without using any tangents. Almost all buildup, but that's a part of the fun with heist films. Great script.
— Jack Giroux (@JackGi) June 26, 2015
ANT-MAN is a TON of fun! It's Marvel's version of Ocean's 11. Great cast, slick score and two wonderful post-credits scenes #StayTillTheEnd
— Brian Gallagher (@GallagherMW) June 26, 2015
Ant Man is great. Way better than Age of Ultron. @edgarwright deserves co-director credit. Feels like his movie.
— gregoryellwood (@HitFixGregory) June 26, 2015
Guys, don't worry. #AntMan is good. Like, goooooood. Also, it's the weirdest Marvel movie yet. Weirder than "Guardians of the Galaxy" even.
— John Boone (@jtyboone) June 26, 2015
Ant-Man is more methodical than most Marvel movies but it’s hilarious & a totally great ride. So many fun MCU links too. Another winner.
— Germain Lussier (@GermainLussier) June 26, 2015
It takes ANT-MAN a moment to get cranked up, but once it does, it’s sensational. My favorite third-act of any Marvel movie.
— Jeremy Smith (@mrbeaks) June 26, 2015
I liked Ant-Man more than I did Avengers: Age of Ultron, mainly because Marvel's doing something different and it works as a stand-alone
— Edward Douglas (@EDouglasWW) June 26, 2015
ANT-MAN is good. Not a disaster like some expected but also not a homerun. Has a *must see* after the end credits scene.
— Steven Weintraub (@colliderfrosty) June 26, 2015
— Courtney Howard (@Lulamaybelle) June 26, 2015
Sadly ‘Ant-Man’ falls flat in almost every way. Doesn’t seem like it’s sure of what it wants to be. Not so much bad as it is blah.
— Mike Sampson (@mjsamps) June 26, 2015
Generally speaking, that’s a pretty positive reception. Of course there are a few detractors, but that’s the case with any movie. Perhaps the most intriguing comments are the one that suggest Ant-Man is a genuine change of pace for Marvel. “Intimate” isn’t an adjective typically used to describe nine-figure blockbusters. Nor is “weird,” Guardians of the Galaxy notwithstanding.
Ant-Man arrives in theaters July 17. Paul Rudd, Michael Douglas, Evangeline Lilly, Corey Stoll, Michael Peña, T.I., and Bobby Cannavale star.
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