Note: We first published this article on November 27, 2020. This is a slightly different version.
The Marvel Cinematic Universe (MCU) is full of massive battles, not least in Avengers: Infinity War and Endgame. But megalomania does not automatically produce good action. Instead, the best action scenes convince with their small format.
No other film was as imaginative and entertaining as Ant-Man (2015). Ironically, the tiny man produced it best action scene in the MCU so far. Scott Lang’s (Paul Rudd) solo adventure runs today at 10:50 p.m. on RTL.
Check out the trailer for Ant-Man:
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What’s going on in the Ant-Man scene?
Director Peyton Reid’s Ant-Man is full imaginative action scenes. Most remembered, however, is the small (big) finale in a child’s room. The villain Yellowjacket (Corey Stoll) threatens Scott’s little daughter Cassie (Abby Ryder Fortson).
On one Toy set from Thomas, the little locomotive fight the two miniature opponents. A classic action motif (the fight on the moving train) gains a new perspective due to the size of the two opponents.
Thomas becomes an action vehicle
Instead of an impressive steel colossus, Thomas’ plastic face smiles into the camera. From the point of view of the little fighters, the toy is as big as a real train. So the Lock races in a circle over the rails. What looks insignificant from a distance is life-threatening up close.
At the end of the scene comes the biggest laugh: The now enlarged plastic train flattens a police car.
Today on TV: What makes the action scene in Ant-Man so good
Let’s look at the scene independently of the other films in the Marvel Cinematic Universe.
What is special about the train scene from Ant-Man?
- Originality: The train scene packs action clichés in a new guise.
- Clarity: For the most part, the editing and camera orient us well in space. We mostly know where Ant-Man and Yellowjacket are in relation to the toy train.
- Variety: The train fight alternates dynamically between straightforward action, dangerous peaks and funny interruptions.
- Abbreviation: From Ant-Man’s miniaturization to the enlargement of the toy train, it takes a little more than 2 minutes. This action scene ends exactly when it is best for her.
- Symbolic power: Ant-Man’s most important story does not belong to Yellowjacket, but to Scott as a father figure. In the finale, he stands up for Cassie by fighting for her on her toy.
Better Than Avengers: Why Does She Beat Other MCU Action Scenes?
At first glance, the action scene may be fundamentally different from other Marvel moments. But if you look closely, it is one classic Marvel action scenethat indirectly exposes what bothers us in films like Avengers: Endgame.
In MCU films there are of course also simple fights in a very small space, for example in the films with Chris Evans Captain America. Often the action works – especially in the final act of the blockbusters – but very CGI-heavy. Robotic armor collide, helicopter carriers crash into houses or alien armies march. Even Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings, who has a fantastic fight scene on the bus, relies on dreary gray backgrounds and CGI action in the finale.
Ant-Man takes over some of these elements, but downsizes the format. It’s not about the city, the world, or the universe. It’s about Cassie. The smaller format focuses attention. Precision replaces excess.
This is how the Marvel building blocks are varied:
- Most of the Ant-Man and Yellowjacket also come from here from the computer. The game with its size guarantees unfamiliar images after years of tiring Iron Man action.
- Elsewhere, tracts of land are being destroyed, with the ant man the finale takes place in one detached house away.
- Instead of exploding high-tech, there is a Plastic train the star, with which numerous viewers associate childhood memories. The CGI environment of the action sequence is thus enriched with meaning.
- Instead of a huge army in Wakanda, there is Ant-Man a couple of ants to the side. The classic Marvel shot – heroes running into battle – takes place between the fibers of a carpet.
All too often the action sequences in MCU films turn into a whipping pulp. The Infinity War and Endgame doubles suffered particularly from the groups of heroes and opponents who hit each other with slight variations.
Ant-Man’s powers give the scene uniqueness
Ant-Man, on the other hand, is an excellent example of how a hero’s powers determine the design of an action scene. In some cases, he already benefited Airfield fight from The First Avenger: Civil War of that. Its fundamental ugliness, however, prevents any further praise on my part.
The finale of the ant adventure, on the other hand, is colorful, dynamic and full of surprises. It’s a Marvel action scene that like that only in an Ant-Man movie can appear. The tiny guy has that better than his more famous colleagues.
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