Could it be that the wave of new super heroes come from a pool of underrated actors? Chris Pratt probably spear headed this trend. From the overweight mediocre lawyer bestie of Vince Vaughn in The Delivery Man, he transforms into the charming Star Lord in Guardians of the Galaxy.
Case in point, Paul Rudd. One of the best chick flicks of all time for the teens in the 90s is Clueless. Paul Rudd plays the adorable, dorky, but very reliable stepbrother (Josh) to Alicia Silverstone's Cher (I don't think I have to go on about what happened next). He mostly starred in comedic roles, and surprisingly is adept at script writing. In "So This is 40", he plays a 40-year old father of 2 who undergoes a midlife crisis. He played the part to a T by sporting a dad-bod. Seeing him in Ant Man made me do a double take. He never looked so good, not even in Clueless.
Scott Lang, an ex-con gets manipulated into stealing the Ant Man suit from Dr. Hank Pym's vault. He tries it on and takes the suit for a test drive, then gets recruited as the new Ant Man. Dr. Pym's protege who is obsessed with the Pym particle is close to making objects minute. His protege succeeds and makes the Yellow Jacket, which he sells to an agent of Hydra. Evangeline Lilly plays Hope, the daughter of Dr. Hank Pym (Michael Douglas) who helps in stopping Hydra's acquisition of the Yellow Jacket. It took me a while to recognize Evangeline Lilly in her black bobbed hairstyle.
|I stole the show|
The man who stole the show is Michael Peña who plays Luis, Scott Lang's fellow ex-con. He narrates the situation with such aplomb that it is fascinating to watch as the characters in his scenario mouth's off his dialogue. It's super fine. As the trade mark of Marvel super hero movies, Stan Lee makes a cameo and of course, look for the trailer which comes at the end of the credits.