Ant-Man and the case of the Marvel Movie Fatigue
I saw Ant-Man last night. Before I get started, I'll say that I enjoyed the movie a lot. Paul Rudd played the role really well and the way it was written could have devolved into "sap" territory really quickly (father just wants to see his daughter! It's all about the kids!) but the writing and acting kept it in the realm of realistic motivations. Michael Douglas was awesome as Hank Pym. The effects were well-done, and even the 100% CGI scenes felt like they had a place; the sense of scale when he went from big to small and back was well-implemented. There wasn't an over-abundance of action and the pacing was solid. Also, his friend Luis the petty thief is my new favorite supporting character in any superhero movie ever.
All that aside, I feel like we're reaching a point of Marvel Cinematic Universe movie fatigue. The level of anticipation and excitement I have for these is slightly but assuredly waning; probably normal for being in the thick of the proposed 2020 timeline for the wrap-up, but still there.
Even though each movie is directed by a different person and is presented in very different styles, there is a formulaic-ness to them that probably cannot be avoided. Almost by necessity, each "first" movie for a given hero/team must be an origin story. We see the character as mundane but special in some way (either through circumstance or association or birth) and then we see them come to terms with their powers/situation and then they are forced into action, saving the world/the thing and then discovering their role in the bigger picture by the very end.
The issue is that with a vaguely similar plot arc throughout every movie, they all start to blur together at some point. A year from now, barring my seeing any Marvel movies, I might have trouble remembering which movie had X scene in it and which movie character X did thing Y in.
I'm not sure this is a problem that can be solved, given the complexity of the Marvel universe and the requisite complexity of the movies (and reintroducing the characters to those who have never read the comics).
Either way, Ant-man was great. I enjoyed it. Go see it.