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Will “Ant-Man” measure up?

Because I have my doubts. Even though Marvel’s track record has been pretty darn good, since 2008’s “Iron Man” really got this “golden age” of superhero films rolling. After that, It’s been pretty much hit-after-hit-after-hit (alright, 2008’s “The Incredible Hulk” was only a marginal hit–has anyone heard from Edward Norton?). “Captain America”, “Thor”, “Guardians of the Galaxy”…it’s a proven track record. But Ant-Man? Now, I never read the comic, and outside of the trailers, I know very little about what to expect. Those trailers hint heavily at a tongue-in-cheek approach, which seems to be the smartest way to have gone. But comedic actor Paul Rudd as Ant-Man/Scott Lang? I guess that approach worked out for Michael Keaton in 1989’s “Batman”. However, director Peyton Reed only has a string of comedies on his resume too, including 2000’s “Bring It On” and 2006’s “The Break-Up”. Can this possibly all work? The filmmakers have brought a heavyweight on board, in Oscar-winner Michael Douglas, as original Ant-Man, Hank Pym. And Hayley Atwell, from “Captain America: The First Avenger”, is in the mix too, to do some bridge-gapping from that franchise. So, there are hopeful signs. But, for know, label me skeptical, yet hopeful. “Ant-Man” infests theaters everywhere on July the 17th.

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