Round 1: Mold Breakers

Arts and Entertainment

Ant Man vs Doctor Strange

By Alexis Tucker, Managing Editor

 

Ant Man Doctor Strange
Year Released 2015 2016
Running Time 1 hour, 58 minutes 1 hour, 55 minutes
Opening Weekend (USA) $57,225,526 $85,058,311
Cumulative Worldwide Gross $519,445,163 $677,718,395
Internet Movie Data Base (IMDB) 7.3/10 (73%)

(413,882 ratings)

7.5/10 (75%)

(393,570 ratings)

Rotten Tomatoes 82% 90%

Statistics from IMDB.com and rottentomatoes.com

The case for Ant Man

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There was a lot to love about Ant Man. The casting was great, especially as Marvel’s casting has been more unusual lately with Paul Rudd as Ant Man and Benedict Cumberbatch as Dr. Strange. Paul Rudd is great as Scott Lang with his humor and fits perfectly as a dad led astray. Ant Man wasn’t as well-known to the public as other heroes like Captain America or Iron Man, but most moviegoers know Ant Man now because of this movie. It was really nice at the beginning with the flashback to see some familiar characters (Howard Stark and Peggy Carter) because it shows that they had a huge hand in the movie universe even though they are no longer present. The color palette of the film is very muted, being more on the gray spectrum. The subatomic realm toward the end really looks familiar to some scenes that the Ancient One shows to Strange.

Ant Man begins in an atypical way with Scott Lang in prison, which breaks molds. This scene even sets the tone of the film with it looking like Lang is about to get into a fight, but really, it’s a goodbye ritual. Luis is a welcome addition in the movie, and his story telling style is hilarious. The delicate family balance between Scott Lang, Cassie’s mom, Cassie’s Stepdad and Cassie is dealt with very well.

The case for Doctor Strange

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Doctor Strange is a very different Marvel movie. Doctor Strange’s comic book art style can best be described as psychedelic with its bright colors and swirling patterns, and the movie really drew from the comic book in this respect, which led to a more interesting movie experience and narrative. It is one movie that many recommended to see in 3D because it actually enhanced the experience. Doctor Strange explores the mystic arts referencing chakras, different universes, relics and more. The time stone is shown as the Eye of Agamotto, which is an amulet that Strange takes and wears around his neck toward the end of the movie, and the Eye should very instrumental in Infinity Wars.

The story is refreshing. Dr. Strange is broken down as a person from an egotistical surgeon who only cares about his achievements, and he is rebuilt as a more caring hero. Kaecilius isn’t a complete stereotypical bad guy because he has some points that even switch some people over, and Dormammu is an interesting villain because he is corrupting the sorcerer group to use them to do his bidding. Strange is introduced as a competent, capable man, but throughout the movie, he has to accept all that he can’t do and surrender his ego.

Poking Holes—spoilers ahead

Ant Man is still formulaic, overlooking some of the distinct features, and unlike Dr. Strange, this movie doesn’t stand out as much against some of the other Marvel films. Ant Man summed up is a guy who gets a suit, uses the suit for good, fails, tries again, gets the girl and saves the day. Of course, Ant Man is different in key ways, but overall, it feels like a regular superhero movie. Yellow Jacket is a stereotypical bad guy that is evil, and the audience even sees him do nasty and evil stuff. For example, during the scenes where they are trying to shrink lambs, the lambs turn to goop. This scene in general doesn’t make sense because if an experiment doesn’t work the researchers will change or correct parts of the experiment. Doing the same thing over and over again won’t create a different outcome than before.

Doctor Strange has a few continuity issues like he has dust on him in one scene and not the other, but this minor.

Conclusion Doctor Strange WINS

Both movies are very fun and break molds. The stories are unique, but Doctor Strange comes out ahead because everything stood out. The score was mystic to mirror the film. The colors were bright. The editing and special effects mimicked the comics, which made it so distinct in the first place. Ant Man had great editing as well, muted colors and a decent enough score, but it fell short in the end.

Best Quotes
Ant Man Doctor Strange
“Baskin-Robbins always find out.”

Dale

“Dormammu, I’ve come to bargain!”

Dr. Stephen Strange

“Hope you don’t catch him.”

Cassie Lang

“Death is what gives life meaning. To know your days are numbered. Your time is short. You’d think after all this time, I’d be ready. But look at me. Stretching one moment out into a thousand… just so that I can watch the snow.”

The Ancient One

I’m the Ant-Man! … I know, it wasn’t my idea.

Scott Lang

“The Wi-Fi password. We’re not savages.”

Baron Mordo