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James Gunn says Ant-Man is one of the top three Marvel movies ever

06.30.2015

If there is anyone that Marvel fans trust now more than James Gunn, I don't know who it is. Joss Whedon used to be that guy, but with AVENGERS: AGE OF ULTRON not meeting many expectations and his departure from the studio ranks, Gunn seems to be the guy everyone looks to for confirmation. Gunn is very outspoken on social media and does not mince words with what he thinks about everything Marvel and otherwise. He even called out Kevin Feige for spoiling the title reveal for GUARDIANS OF THE GALAXY VOL. 2. Now, he has something to say about ANT-MAN.

Gunn took to Facebook to share his review for ANT-MAN, a film mired in production woes stemming back to Edgar Wright's departure from the project. We have all been apprehensive about whether the movie sucks or not and some have even gone as far as to say Marvel Studios may not have faith in it. Well, take a look at Gunn's words and see what you think.

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. 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 Peña 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. 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. 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. 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.

This is a photo of me and David Dastmalchian at the premiere after-party last night - David plays a Russian hacker in the movie and nearly every single line out of his mouth gets a laugh. He's getting on a plane this morning to fly back to Colombia to resume filming his other movie - my movie, The Belko Experiment.

Congrats to the the whole Ant-Man team. Amazing work, guys! And, for the 99.99% of the people reading this who aren't part of the Ant-Man team, go check it out when it hits theaters (in a lot of places) July 17.

Again, Gunn is paid by Marvel Studios, so his word is not completely unbiased, but the guy has not been known to bullshit before. He had glowing things to say about Netflix's Daredevil and he was right on about that. The vast majority loved GUARDIANS OF THE GALAXY and I would say this is probably going to be the consensus from fans as well.

ANT-MAN is looking to be a very different kind of Marvel movie but one that fits into the universe just the same. Paul Rudd will appear next in CAPTAIN AMERICA: CIVIL WAR, but it seems safe to say that if audiences feel as strong as Gunn does, ANT-MAN 2 will not be far behind.

ANT-MAN opens on July 17th.

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2:28PM on 07/04/2015

Not surprising

Considering A-M and GotG have the same kind of humour
Considering A-M and GotG have the same kind of humour
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1:27AM on 07/02/2015

The movie was fun, but top 3? No.

My top 3 three would be:
1. Guardians of the Galaxy
2. Captain America: Winter Soldier
3. Avengers: Age of Ultron
My top 3 three would be:
1. Guardians of the Galaxy
2. Captain America: Winter Soldier
3. Avengers: Age of Ultron
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2:35PM on 07/01/2015
Maybe so, but is this much mutual hype necessary to promote these films? Always comes off as disingenuous no matter who its coming from.
Maybe so, but is this much mutual hype necessary to promote these films? Always comes off as disingenuous no matter who its coming from.
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7:22AM on 07/01/2015

You just know a film is going to be bad....

...if they do this much damage control before it is even released. (Terminator Genisys anyone?)
...if they do this much damage control before it is even released. (Terminator Genisys anyone?)
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2:31PM on 07/04/2015
His movie and ANT-MAN share the same kind of humor, so I think he honestly liked it...
I know I did !
His movie and ANT-MAN share the same kind of humor, so I think he honestly liked it...
I know I did !
5:08AM on 07/01/2015

The Movie is called Ant-Man!

Seriously as much as their are some good Superhero's in comics history, there are bad ones too. Not every character should be portrayed on the big screen due to how it comes across and whenever the character was actually created being a parody of a popular character.

If they pull this off then well done to them for making the most stupidest character on the big screen work.
Seriously as much as their are some good Superhero's in comics history, there are bad ones too. Not every character should be portrayed on the big screen due to how it comes across and whenever the character was actually created being a parody of a popular character.

If they pull this off then well done to them for making the most stupidest character on the big screen work.
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2:33PM on 07/04/2015
How many people thought the exact same thing about GotG (with a semi-talking tree and a raccoon) ?
It turned out pretty well...
And it does yet again, here !
How many people thought the exact same thing about GotG (with a semi-talking tree and a raccoon) ?
It turned out pretty well...
And it does yet again, here !
2:43AM on 07/01/2015
I know how much comic book fans (and comic book-movie fans) love and are excited for Ant-Man. So, with all respect to my passionate friends and the online world, I apologize for my next sentence. Every trailer I've seen looks to me like an Onion parody of a comic book movie, and I cannot fathom how people are taking this seriously.

That said! I dearly love a good space opera (book or movie), and Guardians of the Galaxy is one of my very favorite movies of all time because of that, and if
I know how much comic book fans (and comic book-movie fans) love and are excited for Ant-Man. So, with all respect to my passionate friends and the online world, I apologize for my next sentence. Every trailer I've seen looks to me like an Onion parody of a comic book movie, and I cannot fathom how people are taking this seriously.

That said! I dearly love a good space opera (book or movie), and Guardians of the Galaxy is one of my very favorite movies of all time because of that, and if anyone's word will get me to go see Ant-Man in a theater, Gunn is up on that list. Maybe it's going to be awesome! My opinons on trailers bedamned!
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1:15AM on 07/01/2015
I trust him and think that Gunn is an awesome filmmaker and fan, but Ant Man has to be the least exciting Marvel project to me. The trailers haven't once gotten me excited. I can never even remember when this movie is coming out. It's just been very underwhelming and the whole story has had this Iron Man 2/3 feel to it, like it should be exciting, but there's been yet to be anything exciting about it. I will still see it as all the Marvel movies so far have at least been fun to watch. But I
I trust him and think that Gunn is an awesome filmmaker and fan, but Ant Man has to be the least exciting Marvel project to me. The trailers haven't once gotten me excited. I can never even remember when this movie is coming out. It's just been very underwhelming and the whole story has had this Iron Man 2/3 feel to it, like it should be exciting, but there's been yet to be anything exciting about it. I will still see it as all the Marvel movies so far have at least been fun to watch. But I have yet to feel like this is a Marvel movie to get truly excited about. Maybe that just means that they've been saving the best for when we see the film and keeping everything out of the trailer.
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12:20AM on 07/01/2015

So

Just because he makes Marvel films, he cant like Marvel films? I mean seriously. Maybe the guy just enjoyed the movie that much. Not everything has an ulterior motive. geesh.
Just because he makes Marvel films, he cant like Marvel films? I mean seriously. Maybe the guy just enjoyed the movie that much. Not everything has an ulterior motive. geesh.
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2:35PM on 07/04/2015
I think the same thing
I think the same thing
12:13AM on 07/01/2015
Who gives a shit about what this guy thinks... I'll find out if the movie is good or not on my own, thank you.
Who gives a shit about what this guy thinks... I'll find out if the movie is good or not on my own, thank you.
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8:49PM on 06/30/2015
This just in CEO of Apple says every one of their future products will be the best thing you have ever touched and end all the worlds problems. That is all.
This just in CEO of Apple says every one of their future products will be the best thing you have ever touched and end all the worlds problems. That is all.
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8:24PM on 06/30/2015
GOTG, I knew nothing about the characters, had no interest, saw the trailer and it got me a little interested. I ended up loving the movie. Antman, knew about the character, had zero interest, saw the trailer and I'm still not interested. So I'll be skipping it
GOTG, I knew nothing about the characters, had no interest, saw the trailer and it got me a little interested. I ended up loving the movie. Antman, knew about the character, had zero interest, saw the trailer and I'm still not interested. So I'll be skipping it
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8:03PM on 06/30/2015
I'm glad that Ant Man is getting positive reviews, but when it comes to Marvel's top three best films (non Avengers) I'm not so sure if I can see this competing with Iron Man, Winter Soldier, and Guardians of the Galaxy.

But the movie looks fun as hell and I'm really hoping this does well considering the casting for Paul Rudd for Ant Man was very inspiring and would be a waste if the rest of the film didn't live up to that inspirement.
I'm glad that Ant Man is getting positive reviews, but when it comes to Marvel's top three best films (non Avengers) I'm not so sure if I can see this competing with Iron Man, Winter Soldier, and Guardians of the Galaxy.

But the movie looks fun as hell and I'm really hoping this does well considering the casting for Paul Rudd for Ant Man was very inspiring and would be a waste if the rest of the film didn't live up to that inspirement.
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6:32PM on 06/30/2015

Yes, his opinion is slightly biased since Marvel pays his bills

but I want this film to do well, because I really, really like the cast.
but I want this film to do well, because I really, really like the cast.
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5:54PM on 06/30/2015

I want to see this anyway but....

I believe this in as much the same way as James Cameron said Terminator Genisys was.....
I believe this in as much the same way as James Cameron said Terminator Genisys was.....
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5:27PM on 06/30/2015
Ant-Man is getting some good buzz at the right time & I am starting to believe it, especially coming from James Gunn. Early reviews have been quite positive as well, could be another Guardians really, have to wait & see.
Ant-Man is getting some good buzz at the right time & I am starting to believe it, especially coming from James Gunn. Early reviews have been quite positive as well, could be another Guardians really, have to wait & see.
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4:47PM on 06/30/2015

Meh

I'll probably catch it when it comes to cable. Looks like it's way too heavy on comedy with Michael Peņa's character.
I'll probably catch it when it comes to cable. Looks like it's way too heavy on comedy with Michael Peņa's character.
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4:30PM on 06/30/2015
Really don't give a shit about his opinion. He always says stuff like this on his FB and adds to fanboy hype as if we needed any more of that. It's mostly just Marvel pushing their product.
Really don't give a shit about his opinion. He always says stuff like this on his FB and adds to fanboy hype as if we needed any more of that. It's mostly just Marvel pushing their product.
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