James Gunn Shares His Thoughts On Marvel’s ‘Ant-Man’
Wednesday, July 1st, 2015 at 4:31 pm
Most if not all the entertainment press has already seen Ant-Man this past weekend, and based on early reactions, it is one Marvel film you won’t want to miss, having not one but two post-credit scenes. With the premiere happening just a few days ago, the Marvel family are now having their say.
Guardians of the Galaxy director James Gunn has shared his overwhelmingly positive opinion with his fans on social media. “I left the theater incredibly happy. So often I see movies by people I love which are just okay – it’s great to love a movie as much as I love the people who made it,” Gunn said. Many more quotes below.
Of course there may be a little bias since Gunn is a part of the Marvel Studios family, and the news follows Joss Whedon and Alan Taylor’s less than memorable experience working on their respective films, but as aforementioned, Ant-Man is getting positive reviews from almost everyone outside Marvel Studios.
Here’s what Gunn said about the film itself:
“Ant-Man may just be my favorite Marvel film since Jon Favreau’s Iron Man (well, maybe excluding one film to which I’m partial). Honestly, the movie is a complete blast! I was so happy after seeing it. It’s never boring for a second and it’s hilarious and warm throughout. It doesn’t get caught up in the webbing of its own science-fiction concept like so many movies do these days, remaining simple and elegant. It’s a part of the Marvel universe without being ruled by that fact.”
On the cast’s performance:
“Paul Rudd is nuanced and charming and funny and is a surprisingly natural fit as a modern superhero (side-fact – Paul must be a nice guy, because he and I dated the same girl in college, and yet I still love him). Michael PeÃ±a KILLS IT – this movie is going to make him a huge star. My old pal Judy Greer (she was Deadly Girl to my Minute Man in The Specials (film) many moons ago) is great in a small role. And Michael Douglas is awesome.”
On Ant-Man director Peyton Reed:
“I think all of Peyton Reed’s years directing have led him to making something as deft and nimble and joyous as this; he did an incredible job.”
Finally, Gunn shared his thoughts on the spirit of Edgar Wright being in the script:
“And, despite Edgar Wright’s parting from Marvel, his spirit is felt through the entire project, and there is no doubt everyone owes him a huge debt of gratitude.”