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Ant – Man

“Sometimes in the life it is necessary to become smaller to be bigger”

Pasquale Curatola

Peyton Reed’s ‘Ant – Man’ is of course drawn from the original Marvel character in comics but I would dare to hypothesize a possible mythological origin too, since “the rage of Achilles” is the topic of Homeric Iliad and that Achilles was the king of the Myrmidons, the men created by Zeus from the ants. Quite a visionary hypothesis: were Stan Lee and Jack Kirby, authors of the first original comic, interested in Greek mythology? Who knows…

Ant – Man‘, the film, was my main activity last night and I really enjoyed it. Big special effects, wonderful animation, nice story. A father must regain his daughter’s estimation and manages to do it, becoming the hero his little Cassie already thinks he is. And what of the ants? Hymenoptera among the most industrious, they are an invincible army, able to do everything in a truly reliable manner and, when (Ant)hony is killed during the conflict, it is almost like when Greek warrior Patroclus was defeated. And what about the foot Scott must correctly put on the floor once awaken? Achilles was the ‘swift-footed’ (“πόδας ὠκὺς”), wasn’t he?

Looking forward, now, for the second chapter of the saga, foreseen in 2016: ‘Captain America: Civil War’, in which Ant-Man will co-star with Captain America.

Just to conclude: was the enlarged ant of the final a quotation from Matteo Garrone’s ‘Tale of tales’?

Ant-Man poster

Ant-Man poster

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