Ant-Man Is A Different Kind Of Hero

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There’s a new superhero in town: Ant-Man. When I first saw the trailer, I said to myself: this film is going to be so polarizing, viewers are either going to hate it or love it. In my opinion, Ant-Man is not an epic film but it’s definitely a solid effort worthwhile to watch.

What’s the premise? Well, Dr. Hank Pym (Michael Douglas), the man responsible for the “Ant-Man” shrinking technology is trying to stop a deranged man named Darren Cross from selling his own version of the suit. As you might have guessed the old man can’t do it all by himself, therefore, he teams up with Scott Lang (Paul Rudd) and his estranged daughter Hope (Evangeline Lilly) to take the bad guy down.

What makes “Ant-Man” different from other superheroes?

  • His physique. Ant-Man is not necessarily physically intimidating, unlike other superheroes. At his normal size, he’ll be able to put up a good fight, but Ant-Man’s biggest strength comes from his ability to shrink (can’t fight what you can’t see).
  • Scott Lang is just a regular guy. He wasn’t born with any superpowers. He wore the suit by “accident”. So… what’s the difference between him and Batman? First of all, Bruce Wayne made his own suit, that sort of puts him in the same category as Tony Stark (a.k.a. Iron Man). Second, he’s super-rich, which can be considered as a superpower… Right?
  • He’s not the typical lone wolf. Unlike the two men mentioned before, who tend to work alone in their quests to save the world, Scott Lang is a team player. His posse may not be the best, but at least, they have his back.

The film’s special effects and witty humour made it entertaining but the characters’ background stories made the motivations more believable and in some ways more relatable. Let’s start with Scott, he’s an ex-convict trying to grasp for a second chance in life. He knows that he has made some poor choices and is now trying to make some amends in order to keep his daughter’s love and respect. Then, there is Dr. Hank Pym, a man with an enviable résumé but facing a similar problem with his daughter Hope. Hank and Scott are not bad fathers, they are just a little bit misunderstood. Having said that, the stories told in Ant-Man are very human, therefore, I believe they will resonate with the audience and who knows, maybe some tears will be shed as well.

“People don’t change, they just become a clearer version of who they really are.” I believe this is true for Scott Lang. He went to prison because he did something that he believed was right but wrong in the eyes of the law. As I see it, he was never truly a corrupted person, just someone who needed a direction. Think about it.

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