James Gunn Says ‘Ant-Man’ May Be His Favorite Marvel Film Since ‘Iron Man’

Guardians Of The Galaxy director James Gunn saw Ant-Man at the premiere last weekend, and he’s posted a review on Facebook along with a picture of himself at the after-party with Ant-Man cast member David Dastmalchian. Besides calling the movie “deft and nimble and joyous,” he also put it right up there with his favorite Marvel movies:

Ant-Man may just be my favorite Marvel film since Jon Favreau’s Iron Man (well, maybe excluding one film to which I’m partial). Honestly, the movie is a complete blast! I was so happy after seeing it. It’s never boring for a second and it’s hilarious and warm throughout. It doesn’t get caught up in the webbing of its own science-fiction concept like so many movies do these days, remaining simple and elegant. It’s a part of the Marvel universe without being ruled by that fact.

Gunn went on to say nice things about Paul Rudd, Michael Peña, Judy Greer, David Dastmalchian, and director Peyton Reed, then he answered to something we were wondering about regarding any lingering influence of previous writer/director Edgar Wright.

And, despite Edgar Wright’s parting from Marvel, his spirit is felt through the entire project, and there is no doubt everyone owes him a huge debt of gratitude. I left the theater incredibly happy.

So… Gunn liked it? I guess you could say he didn’t choose the bug life; the bug life chose him. (I’m sorry.) Ant-Man opens July 17th.

(Via Facebook and /film)