It was not bad, but it was not great.
My first big issue was its pacing. Not much happens for the first 20 minutes. A lot of flashbacks and set-up. And even by the end of the film, I feel like it’s just ready to begin. For an origin story, it’s all origin and not much story. My second issue is… mind controlled ants. I imagine this is all the responsibility of the comic book, but gimme a break. I realize it’s a comic book movie and I tried to get on board, but it’s pretty far fetched.
The tie-in to the Marvel Universe is blatantly obvious as a fight scene takes place at the new Avengers headquarters established at the end of Avengers: Age of Ultron. The scene feels like it was added specifically to tie into the Marvel Cinematic Universe, but it works. I would have liked to see a more popular Avenger showcased, but Ant-man had his short fight with Falcon. It almost felt like a scene from Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. more than a Marvel movie. However a major Avenger does appear in the post-credits sequence.
Okay, well the movie is still too new to reveal any spoilers. I will say that the single most amusing bit in the whole movie was the explanation from Scott Lang’s roommate of how he came by his information. Go check it out for yourself and let me know if you think it’s worthy of the Marvel Cinematic Universe. Comment me!