(contains minor spoilers for Ant-Man and Ant-Man & the Wasp.)
There are so many reasons the Ant-Man movies have become some of my favorites in the MCU. The humor, the nuanced and interesting characters, the small stakes, Scott Lang being a hero BEFORE he got powers, the introduction of a multi-generational female superhero lineage in The Wasp. But one of my favorite aspects, which they introduce in the first movie, and then quietly re-affim in the second, is how thoroughly they reject the traditional trope of the step-father/rival dad, as the villain who keeps our hero from being with his love.
Can’t help feeling that this is doubly important in this particular strand of the MCU since Antman is one of the more playful, child friendly installments and heroes. Kids ought to be able to see their reconstructed, complicated families as normal and not an inevitable battleground!
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