George R. R. Martin gives his thoughts on the recent Ant-Man movie


George R. R. Martin, the author of the Game of Thrones series, is actually a huge fan of Marvel. Even though his series on HBO has a lot of surprise deaths and twists at every turn, it looks like he still enjoys your normal popcorn flicks like everyone else. Of course I wonder what would happen if he were to write a story within the Marvel universe and its characters. I doubt even the most powerful cosmic beings wouldn’t be safe from Mr. Martin.

On George R. R. Martin’s Live Journal, it looks like he had a lot to say about the recent Ant-Man movie starring Paul Rudd. Not only does he admit that he’s a Marvel fan, but he admits that he’s been a fan for a very, very long time. Since he’s a Marvel fan and a writer himself, he actually states where he holds Ant-Man in league with the other Marvel movies that have been released through the years.

ANT-MAN has a proper balance of story, character, humor, and action, I think. A couple reviewers are calling it the best Marvel movie ever. I won’t go that far, but it’s right up there, maybe second only to the second Sam Raimi/ Tobey McGuire Spider-Man film, the one with Doc Ock. I’ve liked most of the Marvel movies, to be sure, I’m still a Marvel fanboy at heart (Excelsior!), but I liked this one more than the first AVENGERS and a lot more than the second, more than either THOR, more than the second and third IRON MAN and maybe just a smidge more than the first (though I liked that one a lot too).

Oh, and I loved the ants!

Quibbles? Yeah, a few. Where was the Wasp? We got a few glimpses, and a set up for the next film. But I wanted more Wasp, and I loved the old original Hank/ Janet dynamic (before they got to the wife-beating stuff). Also, while Yellowjacket makes a decent villain here (in the comics, of course, he was actually one of Hank’s later identities, after Giant-Man and Goliath), I am tired of this Marvel movie trope where the bad guy has the same powers as the hero. The Hulk fought the Abomination, who is just a bad Hulk. Spider-Man fights Venom, who is just a bad Spider-Man. Iron Man fights Ironmonger, a bad Iron Man. Yawn. I want more films where the hero and the villain have wildly different powers. That makes the action much more interesting)

Looks like he likes a lot of the Marvel movies, but he does lay down the line on the issues with a lot of Marvel’s villains; which I believe is somewhat of an occurring problem. However despite his “quibbles”, it looks like Mr. George R. R. Martin would still watch any Marvel movie no matter what since he admits that he felt like he was 13 years old again after watching Ant-Man.

Looks like a lot of kudos have been streaming in for Ant-Man and if George R. R. Martin is giving his 2 cents, and a positive 2 cents at that, then I would highly suggest you go out and watch Ant-Man yourself to see what the hype’s about. Mr. Martin wouldn’t lead you down the wrong path, now would he? 😉


Source: George R. R. Martin Blog

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Highly sociable and having been entrenched in Nerd\Geekdom since he was a kid, Alger has seen it all. During his spare time he loves to go out clubbing, sing karaoke, and attend parties. This Nerd is no wallflower. He'll always greet you with a warm smile and a drink in hand.