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Tony Stark has served as Marvel’s resident expert in sarcasm for many years, without much competition.

True, Chris Pratt’s “Star-Lord” did put up quite a fight for the title in the first “Guardians of the Galaxy” movie. However, Paul Rudd’s “Ant-Man” might exceed Stark’s snark.

“Ant-Man” was not a movie I was particularly interested in when I saw the previews.

Even as a geek, there is a limit to how many superhero movies I can digest willingly without needing a break from the extraordinary.

I was pleasantly surprised, though; when I finally sat down to watch the movie.

Paul Rudd was an excellent choice for the character, and — while I feel most superhero movies are still a little unbelievable — the story felt more science-driven than completely science fiction.

There is a humanizing element to the movie; perhaps in the ordinariness of the everyday life you see Rudd’s character striving to have or the fight he takes on to be involved in his daughter’s life.

Either way, Rudd’s “Ant-Man” had just the right mix of believability, science fiction and comedy.

While we’re on the subject of right mixes, the bad guy in this film is on point.

The psychological motivations for his character are easily explained from a clinical standpoint, but also are realistic.

Let’s face it, we all know that self-important, “believes he’s entitled to the world” guy.

His sense of entitlement only proves to highlight his near-insanity. OK… maybe just straight insanity.

At the same time, the movie is well contained — much in the same way most Marvel movies are — but there are hints as to what is to come. And personally, I think it’s going to continue to get better.