We are only a few days away from the premiere of Avengers: Endgame and as the release date approaches and we reach the end of this journey, we want to look back on everything that brought us here. We’ve watched these heroes struggle, grow, and save humanity over the last ten years and wanted to share a few of our favorite moments of their stories. We will be going through each phase in order, covering every movie leading up to April 26. Next on our list is the origin story of Ant-Man, a.k.a. Scott Lang, played by Paul Rudd. The move introduced us not only to a new character, but also to a background story of the Pimm projects, Agent Carter’s past at S.H.I.E.L.D. and laid the groundwork for the importance of the so-called Quantum Realm.
A couple members of our team have shared some of their favorite moments:
If I regret not seeing one film in the theater, it would probably be this one. I remember thinking “What? Ant-Man? I don’t think so” around the time it premiered. And then, after watching Civil War, I felt like I was missing a lot. Turned out that feeling was right.
I love Ant-Man for so many reasons, but one of them is the humor in the films. Rudd is the perfect choice for a whimsical, awkward guy who just kind of ended up in this superhero business and (literally) wings it.
This film is of course essential for the events leading up to and following Infinity War, because a lot of the techniques and the lore surrounding the different realms is explained here with the help of Pimm’s technique. One of my favorite scenes is the montage of Scott learning to operate the suit with the help of Pimm and Hope, because I love the dynamic between the characters.
As far as origin stories go, this is definitely one of my favorites. Scott Lang is likeable from the beginning, mainly because of the relationships explored in the film. I’m not only talking about the way they show him interact with his ex-wife and daughter, but also with his buddies who try to lure him back into the criminal lifestyle. Luis is probably one of my favorite minor characters in the MCU and I hope he gets some time in the spotlight in future films. The scenes where he tries to re-tell and re-construct stories need to be the future of “previously in every MCU film ever”.
I loved this movie because it never lost its humor, even in the action-heavy scenes. The way they tell Scott’s story makes the audience instantly like the character and sympathize with his actions.
I will admit I was skeptical about the movie because I am not a Hank Pym fan, but I was pleasantly surprised. I really liked this Ant-Man origin story. Even though he was being used, he still managed to do the right thing in the end. Paul Rudd was such a great choice to play Lang because the style of humor really suits him. When he was learning about the different types of ants I couldn’t help but to make sure there was nothing crawling on me.
If I had to pick though, I’d say my favorite part of the movie is Lang trying to learn how to use the suit and its powers, not to mention the special effects used to shrink him.
Stay with Nerds and Beyond for more Marvel memories as we get ready for Endgame!