The premiere for the next instalment in the Marvel Cinematic Universe Ant-Man took place on Monday and although critics can’t have their say just yet – at least not publicly – due to embargo, one person had quite a lot to say about it and it was all positive.
Guardians of the Galaxy director James Gunn has taken time out of his busy schedule polishing off the script for the GOTG sequel to attend the Ant-Man premiere and has taken to his Facebook page show his praise for the the film saying, “Honestly, the movie was a complete blast!”
Gunn continued, “Ant-Man may just be my favorite Marvel film since Jon Favreau’s Iron Man (well, maybe excluding one film to which I’m partial)…It’s never boring for a second and it’s hilarious and warm throughout. It doesn’t get caught up in the webbing of its own science-fiction concept like so many movies do these days, remaining simple and elegant…It’s a part of the Marvel universe without being ruled by that fact…I left the theater incredibly happy. ”
Naturally his comments got a lot of traction from fans and followers with some claiming he was just trying to sell the movie on behalf of Marvel. But Gunn was quick to defend his praise as being genuine:
“I didn’t say it’s the best, I said it was my favourite…As anyone who follows me here knows, I’ve been to almost every Marvel premiere and I have not praised all of the films…What can I say, when I love something I love something.”
Gunn was also quick to praise original writer/director Edgar Wright and his replacement Peyton Reed who took over from Wright after he exited the production last year:
“I think all of Peyton Reed’s years directing have led him to making something as deft and nimble and joyous as this; he did an incredible job. And, despite Edgar Wright’s parting from Marvel, his spirit is felt through the entire project, and there is no doubt everyone owes him a huge debt of gratitude.”
Despite certain websites already posting spoilers for the mid-credits scene at the end of Ant-Man, Gunn doesn’t think you have to be too careful avoiding other spoilers on social media:
“Ant-Man isn’t that complex. The joy in it isn’t anything that can be spoiled. It’s a very simple story, so I wouldn’t stress too much on that.”
Ant-Man will hit theatres July 17th.