Winter Sunlight

Birthday (and Ant-Man)

And so, I'm 39. When I was about 14, I remember making one of my characters 39 because I wanted him to be old and world-weary, but not too old to relate to. Hi, 14-year-old me, from just this side of unrelatably old! XD

Thank you for the birthday wishes, emails and gifts, everybody. ♥ It was a mellow day in which I didn't get anything done, but in a good way - had lunch with friends, chatted with my family on the phone, and saw a movie (Ant-Man). Which, since this is ostensibly a blog for talking about pop culture and media, I will discuss under the cut.

It was pretty much everything I expected from the trailers (and not much more). I enjoyed it, but it also felt very much like Extruded Superhero Movie Product. I think it made me realize how much more I've come to expect from the MCU movies. This was, I believe, a script that had been around since 2004 or so, and it felt like it. They're doing more with their movies now, and this just felt like a forgettable mid-2000s superhero movie.

That said, it was entertaining and funny. The thing I ended up liking best is actually a relatively minor thing, overall, but I really liked that New Cop Boyfriend turned out to be a nice guy after all, and I enjoyed the wrap-up with Scott being welcomed back into his ex-wife's family but not getting back together with his ex.

Also, I knew the after-credits scene had to do with Bucky and Steve, but I had managed to avoid any specific spoilers on its content and ... wow, that was nothing like any of my imaginings about how their reunion might go down. This greatly increases the chances that Civil War is going to be an h/c-stravaganza, right? :D

ETA: Mild Civil War spoilers:

According to this article, the after-credits scene for Ant-Man is cut from Civil War footage, which means this actually is a scene that occurs in the movie. (Which, well, you never know, right? It could've been a tease of something that happened months before Civil War and is never seen!) Anyway, still avoiding spoilers for the movie, but it certainly does look like the Bucky-Steve reunion in Civil War is going to be a lot more h/c-laced than the comics version. NO COMPLAINTS HERE.


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That makes a lot of sense about the movie being self-contained. I did enjoy it, and I also feel like we need more Marvel movies like this, which are self-contained rather than trying to stuff the whole universe into it. It's why I'm enjoying the TV shows somewhat more than the movies right now, I think. The movies are still fun popcorn movies, but the TV shows are increasingly where my heart seems to be.

Still, it was a fun heist movie, and I really did enjoy how well it avoided a lot of the cliches that it seemed to be going towards -- like the romantic rival actually being a decent guy, or Hope getting her own suit in the end.