By Brian Ives
When Marvel Entertainment announced that they were bringing Ant-Man to the big screen, many scoffed. Would this be the studio’s “jump the shark” moment?
The character of Ant-Man, after all, has no powers: instead, he utilizes technology to be able to shrink down to the size of an ant, and he’s able to communicate with ants. That would be useful, say, for an exterminator, but does it help much when you go into battle alongside Iron Man, Hulk and Thor?
To make things worse, the movie was originally to be written and directed by Edgar Wright, the writer/director of classic fiction/comedy hybrids like Shaun of the Dead and Hot Fuzz. But last year, Wright and the studio parted ways; Peyton Reed got the director gig, with Adam McKay and Paul Rudd (who plays the title role) became the co-writers. Things didn’t look good for the film.
But there’s another Marvel film that had its share of doubters as well, about a group of characters that were mostly unknown outside the world of comic-book fans. It included a talking tree who only knows three words, a hot headed talking raccoon, and a guy with no super powers who for some reason calls himself “Star-Lord.” It was directed by James Gunn, whose prior credits didn’t inspire awe among the comic book faithful: he wrote both Scooby-Doo films and directed Slither.
But, Guardians of the Galaxy went on to earn more than $774 million worldwide, making it the third-highest-grossing film of 2014.
Today, James Gunn, the Guardians writer and director, now has some thoughts about Ant-Man. He thinks you should see it. Read the message he just posted to fans on Radio.com.