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ANT-MAN: The small but troublesome Marvel movie

So what is probably the most troubled and problematic Marvel comic movie since Iron Man stormed all over the box office a good few years ago, Ant-Man is finally going to land in cinemas in just a few weeks now.

Have you been waiting for this movie since it was first rumoured, all those years ago when new guy Brit film Shaun of the Dead director Edgar Wright?

Along with writer Joe Cornish (director of Brit comedy sci-fi hit Attack the Block, and star of the clever cult late night Adam and Joe show) Wright worked at the original screenplay for number of years while Marvel was establishing itself in Hollywood with the Iron Man films, and the others which then all led up to the first Avengers movie. A loose and rough working teaser cilp of the Ant-Man FX work eventually appeared, which gave many people optimism after a long while of irregular rumours and slim news about the project.

The Ant-Man movie did always seem a very unexpected and unusual choice for one of the early new Marvel movies (although now, many Marvel films have been released and very successful) but the director involved kept many people very interested and curious about just what kind of film we would be getting, given the clever, quirky style of Shaun of the Dead previously.

Sadly in the last couple of years, after so very long working hard at the project, Edgar Wright left the movie, with the usual ‘creative differences’ stated as the main reason, but there has been varied speculation for his moving on ever since. It seems most likely that he did have a more wild and radical film in mind to the kind of movie Marvel need to put out which will sit well alongside the Iron Man, Captain America, Thor and other major films they have planned.

With the new director Peyton Reed in place while Ant-Man was still being finished, and it seemed more big name Hollywood actors were still being added into the movie at that stage; what seemed to be almost a total production mess of hoped for but eventual comic-book big screen accident was somehow still coming to be some kind of actual film.

Now at this stage, we have  a new comic book inspired movie called Ant-Man starring dead-pan comedy actor Paul Rudd in the title role, unexpectedly Michael Douglas, and Evengeline Lilly among others, in what now does look to be a hopefully credible, fun and well produced film to maybe match some of the previous Marvel studio movies.

Do you think this could be the Marvel movie which will not hit all marks? After the strange mix of fast-paced action and comedy seen in Guardians of the Galaxy, perhaps this film will land all of the perfect marks in all of the right ways? Come a few weeks from now, we will see just how big the Ant-Man will be.

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About JAMES E PARSONS

Author of science fiction novels Orbital Kin and Minerva Century-also horror, literary fiction, many short stories and screenplays. Always reading, writing, watching films, playing guitar/bass, and am a husband with a coffee addiction. New horror novel due for 2017. This is my blog, offshoot from my website. It will be where I post current thoughts, opinions, views, reviews, or discussions about contemporary film, movies, books, video games, television series mostly in the horror, science fiction, fantasy and their sub-genre offshoots. The entertainment not in the mainstream (for the most part) and proud of it. Also follow me on twitter- @ParsonsFiction, and facebook - James E Parsons

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