One thing I learned from pitching movies--you can't predict what problems people will have. A plot hole you fear is gaping gets nary a mention, while the producer doesn't buy something you thought was bulletproof.
(I'm also reminded of how I wrote about Siskel and Ebert's trouble with Return Of The Jedi:
Yet I was surprised to read a piece by Tasha Robinson at the AV Club about how a lot of Ant-Man didn't make sense--worse than in other Marvel movies. Odd. I not only enjoyed the film, but also felt it had a better, tighter plot than usual for a superhero movie. So let me try to answer Robinson's questions. Spoilers ahead, of course.
This is a preliminary question, and not hard to answer. Supervillains can get to you anywhere (if they know where you are), and regular citizens can't get past your security, so Times Square is as good a place as any. In fact, it's better, since it's near other people and places you might need, including top-notch doctors and medical equipment.
He couldn't be sure, but Lang was the curious type, and finding nothing else in such a heavily guarded safe would make him wonder. And if he didn't put it on, no big deal. The main thing was showing he was resourceful enough to break in to begin with. Even if he left the costume behind, that would have been enough for Pym to go visit Lang and explain the deal to him. In fact, putting on the costume almost put a crimp in Pym's plan and things might have gone more smoothly if Lang had just left things alone. (It's also possible Pym was looking at other candidates and Lang was the first to pass the test.)
Lang, just being shrunk for the first time, is going through a horrifying moment. He would be in shock, or close to it, not thinking straight, so don't expect his actions to make sense. But even if he completely had his wits about him, the last thing he'd do is press the button on the glove again, since that's what got him in trouble to begin with. (And I thought you didn't press that button again, you press a different button.)
If "it" is the suit, it's built to withstand the pressure. If "it" is Lang, he's got the strength of a man but the weight of an ant, so he can take a lot.
Or if Robinson is claiming why isn't the button pushed when he gets bumped all over, there'd have to be a built in mechanism to make sure only a finger pressing the button would work or the suit would be dangerous in battle.
This shows he's a really good dad. We find out immediately that his daughter loves ugly-looking stuff. It's a thing between them. How did Robinson miss this?
That's what it is--a MacGuffin that will help him in future travails. What's the problem?
For that matter, when he still had control of his company, why didn’t he delete his research instead of “burying” it where Darren could find it? He knew it was dangerous and that he didn’t want anyone getting their hands on it, but he had enough control to obscure it, but not to get rid of it, or enlist his former staff to get rid of it?
Whatever Pym did, Darren did not have anywhere near enough information to rebuild it. There was old evidence of what Pym did available to anyone who was looking (i.e., his old adventures), but it took Darren years to rebuild the technolgy.
The Baskin-Robbins stuff was great. Whether or not the movie was paid for it, I don't care. I often complain films don't have enough real products, and we end up in this generic world. If all the B-R gags were instead about some made-up ice cream place, they wouldn't have worked.
Because it was (and is still, as it's ongoing) a traumatic experience for Hank. He has trouble talking about it, and was trying to spare his daughter.
Why doesn’t Scott even ask about the downsides of the Ant Man suit?
This is Scott's chance to turn his life around. He realizes it's dangerous, but is willing to be the hero after years of being the bad guy.
So Robinson is an expert on how Pym Particles work? I have to assume the helmet protects against what it has to protect again, while not stopping the things it's not needed to stop. If you can buy shrinking, you can certainly buy this.
“As long as I am alive, nobody will ever get that formula.” Brave words from Hank Pym, but he’s dealing with Hydra, which is not known for being gentle with recalcitrants, or respectful of ultimatums.
I assume Pym believes he won't give up the formula, and that's that. What else should he do, kill himself?
I hadn't thought about this, and it's a good point. I assume while you're shrinking you get through and cause damage, and even while subatomic you mess with stuff so the machinery doesn't work.
Why don’t the shrink/grow shurikens shrink/grow things infinitely? They don’t have belt regulators, which we’re told is the only reason a person in the suit doesn’t shrink forever. For that matter, why, when Scott is subatomic and wants to grow back to regular size, does he shove one of those shurikens into his belt-regulator spot as if they’re plug-and-play devices, when they’re actually impact weapons?
Once again, because that's how Pym built them.
When Scott is in a sub-sub-subatomic space “where time and space are meaningless,” how can he still hear his daughter yelling for him as if they were in the same space?
I thought about this when it was happening, and I just figured either he heard her as he was shrinking, and it echoed in his mind, or, knowing he was fighting for her, heard her in his imagination.
Hope this clears everything up. Any other questions?