I’m a big fan of the Marvel Cinematic Universe. I have seen each of the movies multiple times and own all of the ones that are available for purchase. Marvel makes massively entertaining movies and, to varying degrees, I have enjoyed each of them. That is also true for Marvel’s most recent effort: Ant-Man.
Numerous production issues plagued Ant-Man, most notably Edgar Wright left the project after working on it for years. While that tumult led to a few cracks in Ant-Man, overall I found the move entertaining and enjoyable. Paul Rudd is extremely likeable as Scott Lang and the movie fits in well with the rest of the Marvel Cinematic Universe.
Here are some other thoughts I had while watching Ant-Man.
Redemption is one of Ant-Man’s main themes. Scott Lang is looking for redemption from his life of crime and Hank Pym is looking for redemption from the mistakes that he has made. I enjoyed seeing characters trying to make right the wrongs that they had done. Seeing these heroes trying to be better than they had been encouraged me in my constant struggle to be better. If we know Jesus, though, we know that redemption isn’t just about what we do but what Jesus has already done. His sacrifice on the cross and his resurrection redeemed us from all the wrongs that we have done or will ever do. We may need to make restitution to others for what we’ve done, but we can know that God’s grace covers all we do.
My favorite part about Ant-Man was all the familial connections. Scott Lang was a much more grounded hero because he actually had a family. Unlike Steve Rogers and Thor, who are larger-than-life characters who seem disconnected from real life, Lang was a real guy with a real daughter and a real reason to fight. I love that Lang had a daughter who gave him a much more relatable reason to save the world. Even Hank Pym had his familial connections, carrying the loss of his wife and a disconnect with his daughter. The MCU has been light on familial connections, which is a shame because our families are our most defining relationships. Thankfully Ant-Man brought those relationships to the forefront.
Stealing is one of those sins with which I’ve never really struggled. I remember leading small groups of elementary kids and inevitably there was a child who admitted that he had a problem stealing. I’ve never stolen anything of real value in my entire life, but stealing and burglary were at the center of Ant-Man. I look at someone who struggles with stealing and wish I could have that sin, like it would be easier to deal with than lust or pride. But I’m sure someone who struggles with stealing would look at my sins and gladly trade for them. We all have thorns in our flesh, not as reminders of our sinful nature but as reminders to rely on God’s grace.
I enjoyed Ant-Man and can’t wait to see Paul Rudd suit up for future Marvel Cinematic Universe movies. If you haven’t seen it, I suggest you check it out, even though Ron disagreed on this week’s episode of The Christian Nerd Podcast. If you do see it, be sure to stick around for two post-credit scenes; you don’t want to miss them.
What did you think of Ant-Man?