Ant-Man is one of the Infinity Saga Marvel superheroes still making his way through the Marvel Cinematic Universe. Introduced in his own film, Paul Rudd stars as Scott Lang, a criminal just released from prison who is recruited to be the new superhero called Ant-Man after trying to rob the original Ant-Man, Hank Pym. Ant-Man appeared in three films of his own plus some Avengers team up films and an animated series. Let’s rank Ant-Man’s appearances in the MCU.
6. WHAT IF…?
Ant-Man makes at least one appearance in “What If…?” but he’s not a major player in the series. It’s a unique animated look at interesting possible scenarios when it comes to the MCU. A second season has already been ordered and is in production, so it’ll be interesting to see how often Ant-Man shows up in future installments.
5. ANT-MAN AND THE WASP
The sequel to “Ant-Man” was left in kind of a weird holding pattern. It follows the events of “Captain America: Civil War,” but it appears to be set during the events of “Avengers: Infinity War.” While it helps explain why Ant-Man wasn’t involved in the initial fight with Thanos, it left fans confused, especially since “Ant-Man and the Wasp” was released after “Infinity War.” Ghost was an interesting villain, but a lot of the movie felt more like a placeholder for the bigger story rather than it’s own entity.
4. ANT-MAN AND THE WASP: QUANTUMANIA
The third film in the “Ant-Man” trilogy is okay but not as strong as other third installments in the MCU. The plan to introduce Kang the Conqueror in this film looked like a way to make Ant-Man feel more important in the MCU rather than the palate cleanser, but circumstances beyond the filmmakers control have even hurt that. Still, when compartmentalized, this is the second best of the three films because it actually tries to accomplish something rather than feeling like a placeholder.
The first “Ant-Man” film brought some levity to the MCU. Much like “Guardians of the Galaxy” before it, “Ant-Man” stepped up to introduce a new hero with a more well-rounded sense of humor. Although this one was on a smaller scale (pun intended), “Ant-Man” still went a long way in preparing viewers for other heroes to continue following the Infinity saga.
2. AVENGERS: ENDGAME
The climax of the Infinity saga had some of Scott Lang’s best moments both as a reasonably intelligent man and as a comedic character. He is willing to take the chance. He is the one who came up with the idea for the time heist. His van was key in saving the half of humanity that disappeared in the Snap. While he was a side character, he was one of the most important side characters.
1. CAPTAIN AMERICA: CIVIL WAR
This is an example of a strong third installment in the MCU. The Avengers are coming apart at the seams and every one must choose a side. Falcon brings in Ant-Man to fight on Captain America’s side. This goes a long way to set up the issues for the Avengers that causes them to lose to Thanos in “Avengers: Infinity War.” It also establishes repercussions that are seen in “Ant-Man and the Wasp.”
Those are my ranking. How would you rank Ant-Man’s MCU appearances on Disney+?