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With tremendous achievements in the visual elements, let alone a charged script, the Ant-man film does a phenomenal job of capturing Stan Lee’s original vision for the superhero he created decades ago.
When it came time to write the script for the original comic book, Stan Lee had great difficulty in relaying what he wanted and so getting the artists to capture the size, scale, and vision of an ant sized superhero did not come across on the pages in the beginning.
Stan Lee believed in the character but early comic book sales were slim.
During the recent edX Smithsonian course “The Rise of Superheroes and Their Impact On Pop Culture,” Stan Lee spoke to Michael Uslan about how his vision of the ant hero had to involve stark visuals of a man, shrunken to ant-size, alongside dramatically larger, to-scale, objects and combatants.
He admits it was partially his fault, because the artists just did not know how to do something like that; like many of Stan Lee’s ingenious creations, it had never been done before.
Stan Lee insisted on making Ant-man a pivotal member of the Avengers in the comics and eventually the cult fan base built up a great love of the characters in the Ant-man books.
The Ant-man movie has it all: innovative action sequences, effects, and cinematography, witty comedy that infuses a bit of a love story, a spot-on cast, and a great overall introduction for the future potential Avenger.
Possibly most importantly for Lee, the movie captures the amazing visuals of a world from the point of view of an ant and unfurls unique and thrilling action sequences off of that premise.
Honey I Shrunk the Kids was a great flick but this is a bit more action intensive.
A great script, originally penned by Edgar Wright of the Cornetto Trilogy genius and Joe Cornish (before Wright left the director’s chair for Peyton Reed) provides smart and slapstick comedy in a brilliant mix throughout the film, making Ant-man very lovable, while still kicking plenty of bad-guy butt and (*SPOILER ALERT: even an Avenger gets whooped).
How does the whole ant thing work?
A super shrinking potion invented by one of the world’s best scientists, Hank Pym, played to perfection by Michael Douglas, combined with a suit gives Ant-man the ability to shrink to ant size and wield an ant’s extraordinary strength.
And Ant-man can even call on an army of programmed ants to assist him!
Paul Rudd is Scott Lang, the next generation hero to don the Ant-man suit, and does a surprisingly great job of being a hacker and thief turned superhero, and while retaining his sarcastic wit and his charm, he throws down in some riveting fight scenes.
The Ant-man on the silver screen has all of the components to make a sum total of excellence.
And Stan Lee is very happy with the result.
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GET EXTREMELY LIMITED BLACKWOOD STATE #1 COMIC AT LI CON 2 and meet comic book creator Ivan O'Neill signing the very first issue of Blackwood State #1 from POWkabam Comics at the Rune Works Productions booth at LI Con 2, from August 14-16, 2015, and you can also meet R.J. Huneke as he signs copies of his novel Cyberwar!
Get the first FULL issue in all its state school crushes writer glory!
For Blackwood State, O'Neill calls on a notorious state college and the life of a young lady struggling to live in a world that has no idea how not to crap on those that value the study of English writing.
Alongside her fellow literary comrades, Guinevere Katz must attempt to keep her sanity and her grade as she survives one of the most obnoxious experiences of her academic career . . . and her professional career . . . and her life as a sentient being.
Calling on father Bill Shakespeare, as her god, and Falstaff as her inner muse and bartender, Gwen's deteriorative, drunken English career is a journey that seems perennially poised on the brink of disaster. Just how the hell does one make a living with a degree in English anyway?
R.J. and Ivan will be at the August 14-16 LI Con 2, pop culture and science convention, with a table at Rune Works Productions and will be meeting Eager Readers in person.
Head down to the 2nd Annual LI Con at the Clarion Hotel and Conference Center 3845 Veterans Memorial Hwy, Ronkonkoma, New York 11779 to see the Rune Works Productions booth where artist and Blackwood State creator Ivan O'Neill will be joining author R.J. Huneke to sign books!
LI-Con 2 : August 14 – 16, 2015
Long Island's Convention for movies, games, dealers, science, technology, anime, fantasy, sci-fi and more!
LI-Con is brought to you by the same volunteers who brought you the I-CON Convention for over 30 years. LI-Con is NOT a replacement for I-CON; it is a condensed version designed to take place in a hotel setting. Though smaller in size, we still strive to bring you the same quality programming and events throughout LI-Con.
On Friday August 14, 2015, author R.J. Huneke will be on a special LI Con panel discussing the NSA Revelations and Privacy and Security in the digital era, and he will also be at the Rune Works booth.
Do not miss out on this panel where experts will discuss, in-depth, security and the cyber state in the wake of the NSA Revelations prompted by former NSA operative Edward Snowden.
R.J. Huneke has spent years researching for his latest sci-fi thriller Cyberwar. A longtime writer and columnist, Huneke has interviewed cyber security professionals, carefully examined advances in science (including robotics and artificial intelligence) and compiled modern day speculations on technology and spun them into an electrifying journey into a dystopian society dominated by cybernetic hackers. His extensive knowledge on cyber warfare, robotics, and political protest, as well as his strong female protagonist are what set the riveting story apart.