New ‘Ant-Man’ Extended TV Spot Shrinks Into Action
The new Ant-Man TV spot isn’t going to change the minds of those not already initiated into the Marvel Cinematic Universe cult, but it's going to remind everyone that Peyton Reed’s superhero heist movie looks like a lot more fun than its troubled production would suggest. Everything that makes Marvel Studios what it is is crammed into these 60 seconds: stylish action, attractive leading men and ladies, a big name actor classing up the joint, and a just-goofy-enough sense of humor.
After the massive scale and worldwide stakes of Avengers: Age of Ultron, Ant-Man seems like a refreshing palate cleanser. It looks more in line with the original Iron Man than anything else, telling a smaller story driven by humor and imperfect characters who have a thing for witty, self-deprecating dialogue. It’s also about a hero in a super-science suit who battles a villain who stole that super-science suit for evil purposes, so that comparison is apt on more than one level.
Although some may scoff at the thought of a B-list hero like Ant-Man getting his own movie, Hank Pym (Michael Douglas) and Scott Lang (Paul Rudd) are common players in the Marvel comics and great characters. Remember that Iron Man was considered a lesser character before he skyrocketed onto the A-list in 2008. Still, a witty guy who talks to ants is still a tougher sell than a witty guy in a powerful robot suit, so this movie definitely has its work cut out for it.
Ant-Man opens in theaters on July 17.