Film prereview: Paul Rudd stars as world’s smallest superhero

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Gavil Miller previews Ant-Man (12A), showing at Showcase Cinemas Peterborough from Friday (also in 3D).

After director of the Three Flavours Cornetto Trilogy Edgar Wright walked away from this project last year the knives were being sharpened for Marvel’s first superhero misfire since their new cinematic universe was launched in 2008.

But alas, it looks like critics will have to wait a while longer for Disney’s sister studio to make their first major misstep because the early reviews for the world’s smallest superhero are looking pretty good.

Fortunately a fair chunk of Wright’s script seems to have remained – with the Break-Up director Peyton Reed having taken over the reigns – as much-loved Anchorman and Friends actor Paul Rudd stars as super-suited ex-conman Scott Lang, who has the astonishing ability to increase in strength after shrinking in scale.

He teams up with his mentor, Michael Douglas’ Dr Hank Pym, to pull off one last heist – that could just save the world – with arch-nemesis Yellowjacket (Corey Stoll) on his antenna.

Lost’s Evangeline Lilly and Fury’s Michael Pena join the action-adventure that reportedly has some great end of credit ‘stingers’ for ‘fanboys’ too – with Ant-Man already signed up for next year’s Avengers-esque blockbuster Captain America: Civil War.

The tiny hero might not be as well-known as some of the other Marvel characters – but no-one had really heard of Guardians of the Galaxy until they ruled Summer last year, had they?

This won’t be as big, but is now expected to open in the same range as the first Thor and Captain America films – which will be another ‘win’ for Marvel.

Read the Spalding Guardian next week for the full review.

ALSO SHOWING

SHOWCASE CINEMAS PETERBOROUGH:

SELF/LESS (12A), FROM TOMORROW THE GALLOWS (15), FROM TOMORROW

SOUTH HOLLAND CENTRE:

RSC LIVE: THE MERCHANT OF VENICE, WEDNESDAY AT 7PM

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