Is Ant-Man the libertarian superhero I’ve been waiting for?

Last year, in a long piece about Captain America: The Winter Soldier, I wished that:

Here’s hoping Captain America picks up his shield, puts down his gun, and becomes a conscientious objector. Superhero lore needs more independent thinkers, more skeptics, and more rebels. I’m just not counting on them from Marvel.

Who’d have thunk that Ant-Man would be the first Marvel movie where I’d see my wish fulfilled? Not me. I was skeptical of Ant-Man as a superhero movie from its announcement but ultimately, that skepticism worked for the movie. It gave the creators the freedom to play in the Marvel Cinematic Universe but not feel constrained by it. (more…)