Thus far, most of our Marvel super heroes have been good men, becoming great. Ant-Man breaks this pattern in telling the story of a bad guy becoming good. It is the story of redemption and what true manhood is.
On the surface Ant-Man is about a how, armed with a super-suit with the astonishing ability to shrink in scale but increase in strength, con-man Scott Lang (Paul Rudd) must embrace his inner hero and help his mentor, Dr. Hank Pym (Michael Douglas), plan and pull off a heist that will save the world.
What motivates Lang is his devotion to his daughter Cassie (Abby Ryder Fortson). Having made mistakes in his life, he realizes he has let her down. Lang realizes that by helping Pym, he can become the hero she thinks he is. The scenes of father and daughter are some of the sweetest of the film and have the heavy emotional tones Marvel is able to seamlessly interweave with their humor.
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