Ant-Man opened last weekend, and did reasonably well considering its lack of name-recognition and troubled production history. While I personally didn’t like the film as much as others, it’s stayed on my mind and I definitely want to give it a second viewing, which is more than I can say for a lot of other blockbusters this year. While the movie will inevitably be compared to its Marvel bretheren, Ant-Man breaks out where the last two Marvel movies have fallen short: the stinger.
Marvel partly made its name on how well it teased future films, but Guardians of the Galaxy remained self-contained, and Avengers: Age of Ultron whiffed on its Thanos’ stinger. Ant-Man tries to bring the pride back with not one, but two important end credits scenes for future movies. It’s Phase Two ending with a bang as the studio prepares for Phase Three to commence with Captain America: Civil War in May 2016. But before it gets to the war, it tries to keep the focus on the Ant-Man world.