This was fantastic, simply put. Without a doubt, one of the BEST Marvel movies yet, perhaps number 2. (I find GOTG to be 1, it was just a wonderful film.) Ant-Man could possibly edge it out. As for the critics saying this is better than the Avengers? They're absolutely right. This is better than both of them combined. No joke. That's the thing about the MCU...the individual flicks are far more fun than the "let's put 'em all in one big explosion movie" experience you get out of the Avengers. That's not to say the Avengers aren't good, they're great, but movies like Ant-Man? Greater. This was handled so well and gave me a good, solid reason to respect Paul Rudd. I knew he was funny, but he usually plays a douchebag, but this time? You can't help but fall in love with Scott Lang. He might be a bit of a doofus in some ways, too cocky in others, too much of a pushover in a lot of ways, but when it comes down to it...he's a GOOD man. He loves his daughter, he cares that his ex-wife is happy, he wants to be on the straight and narrow and now that he's become Ant-Man, you see he wants to do good and is willing to do so. He goes from down on his luck loser that you feel for, to unprepared hero in training (which is endearing), to Ant-Man...the bad ass he always had hidden inside of him, just waiting to come out. And when he does, Scott delivers. Tony? A good man, but he hurt a lot of people on his way to the top. He redeemed himself and we love him, but he wasn't always this great guy. Steve? A man too good, too decent to be realistic. We still aspire to be him, whenever possible. You get the idea... But Scott? Yeah, he broke the law, it's true, but it came from a Robin Hood state of mind. It wasn't to be malicious or evil, and he paid his debt to society and he just wanted to provide for his daughter. A person we all can identify with. Then, on top of being a decent man who tries to help others, he becomes the hero we need and he literally saved the world. One down on his luck ex con with a heart of gold, not only paid his debt to society and made himself better, but he just saved humanity. Now THAT's something to aspire to. I loved the balance, too. They knew it was silly and ridiculous and they poked fun at it, but they also respected it and gave it it's just due. That was one hell of a tightrope walk and they nailed it. If you don't go see this, you're missing out on an incredible Marvel movie experience and one of the best origin stories I've ever seen. (No, I'm serious.) And you absolutely MUST stay for the mid-credits and after credits scenes. Neither one can be missed, especially the latter of the two. It sets the stage for something awesome that's coming our way. Do. Not. Miss. This. Movie.