The silver screen is rarely kind to the humble ant. Usually portrayed as creepy-crawly and mindless, movie ants threaten humans as freakish giants (Them! 1954) or deadly swarms (Empire of the Ants 1977), rather than living alongside us in harmony.
But wait long enough, and every ant will have his — actually, her — day. In the summer blockbuster Ant-Man, currently number one at the box office, actor Paul Rudd plays an ex-con with an engineering degree who turns superhero with a suit that gives him the ability to change size and control ants.
He shrinks to ant size and learns how to harness the ants’ collective intelligence. For once, insects are the heroes.
James Traniello, professor of biology at Boston University, joined Boston University writer Barbara Moran for a matinee viewing of the film. Traniello said: “It’s a turning point for ants in cinema.”
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