Number 12: Ant-Man
Ant-Man shouldn’t have worked. It was in development hell for so long the original director/writer Edgar Wright left the project. But somehow, Ant-Man proved an unlikely hit for embracing the fun of its title character and not shying away from the concept. Ant-Man could actually be very formidable in a fight and this spotlight proved why.
Paul Rudd was a winning every man and he had a tremendous supporting cast. Evangeline Lilly quickly made the case that Wasp appearing in the MCU was long overdue and Michael Pena proved the best narrator in all of Marvel movies.
Continuing the trend, Ant-Man suffered from a lackluster villain, but an unexpected Avengers cameo more than made up for it. There was only one thing missing from Ant-Man, but that was probably smartly held on for another film. We’ll get to that in a bit.
Ant-Man earns a ton of points for faring better than it had any right to be and sets up definite interest in its sequel.