Guardians of the Galaxy director James Gunn busts the embargo to give Ant-Man a glowing first review

The director says the film is his favourite Marvel movie since Iron Man and praises Paul Rudd's first superhero performance


Reviews of Marvel’s Ant-Man may be embargoed until next week but that hasn’t stopped Guardians of The Galaxy director James Gunn from sharing his thoughts about the film on Facebook.


Gunn, who attended the film’s premiere in Los Angeles on June 29th, took to the social networking site to tell the world how he felt about Ant-Man’s debut on the silver screen.

His gushing ode to Peyton Reed’s film about the miniature superhero is quite comprehensive so we’ve broken it down into ant-sized bites…

So he liked it then?

Well, you could say that. “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)”, Gunn revealed. “Honestly, the movie is a complete blast! I was so happy after seeing it.”

What were his thoughts on the film’s plot?

“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.”

And how did he rate Paul Rudd as a superhero?

Quite highly, actually. “Paul Rudd is nuanced and charming and funny and is a surprisingly natural fit as a modern superhero” Gunn said, before revealing that they’d both dated the same girl in college (“and yet I still love him”),

What about the rest of the cast?

It seems Gunn was really taken with all of them, although he did single out Judy Greer and Michael Douglas for their respective roles, as well as Michael Peña, who he said “KILLS IT” as Rudd’s on-screen cellmate Luis:”This movie is going to make him a huge star”. 

Did he mention original director Edgar Wright at all?

Yes, while praising Peyton Reed’s work – he thinks the film’s eventual director did an incredible job – Gunn acknowledged that Wright’s “spirit is felt through the entire project, and there is no doubt everyone owes him a huge debt of gratitude”.

And his overall verdict?

Well, it’s safe to say he adored it. “So often I see movies by people I love which are just okay – it’s great to love a movie as much as I love the people who made it.”

We’ll have to wait to see if the critics agree.


Ant-Man is un UK cinemas from Friday July 17th