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On Attending a Big Premiere for Marvel’s “Ant-Man”

This morning has been more ironic than most. I knew that I had this post about the World Premiere of Ant-Man to write, and yet I was unable to give it my full attention because our kitchen was under attack . . . from ants. I suppose a more spiritual man may apply meaning to such an occurrence, some deep cosmic connection, but I didn’t have time for it. I was too busy feeling guilty and something of a hypocrite as I found their entry point and proceeded to apply every organic ant deterrent that I could think of (see, Google) and then, finally, a coat of spray that was nothing more than canned death.

But I digress. This is what I want to talk about:

THE BOYS AND I ATTENDED THE WORLD PREMIERE OF MARVEL’S ANT-MAN AND IT WAS AWESOME.

I should probably start with the fact that we managed to make Marvel’s live stream of the event, and now my boys think they are famous. Please keep that in mind when they ask you to refer to them as “Mr. Honea” and “the other Mr. Honea.”

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Here is the video if you want to watch the arrival of the cast and other fun celebrity types:

Seriously, if you ever have the opportunity to attend a Marvel World Premiere Event I can’t recommend it enough. We’re big fans of the experience. Zane, specifically, has asked that I mention the fact that free popcorn is provided, which, to put it in his 9-year-old vernacular is “totally epic.”

This was just outside the entrance to the Dolby Theatre in Hollywood (photo: Marvel). It’s an actual ant farm, with real ants (hopefully they fared better than those that invaded my kitchen):

LOS ANGELES, CA - JUNE 29: A view of the atmosphere at the world premiere of Marvel's "Ant-Man" at The Dolby Theatre on June 29, 2015 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Charley Gallay/Getty Images)

Here’s a closer image:

Ant-Man Ant Farm

Here are a few more photos from the Ant-Man World Premiere courtesy of Marvel:

LOS ANGELES, CA - JUNE 29: A view of the atmosphere at the world premiere of Marvel's "Ant-Man" at The Dolby Theatre on June 29, 2015 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Jesse Grant/Getty Images for Disney)

Above: That’s the incredible El Capitan Theatre directly-ish across Hollywood Blvd. from the Dolby.

Below: Stan the Man! Excelsior!

LOS ANGELES, CA - JUNE 29: Comic book icon Stan Lee signs autographs for fans at the world premiere of Marvel's "Ant-Man" at The Dolby Theatre on June 29, 2015 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Jesse Grant/Getty Images for Disney) *** Local Caption *** Stan Lee

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Above: The cast on stage prior to the show. Michael Douglas is, I assume, waving at me.

Below: Some guy that got past security.

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I asked the boys what their favorite part was about attending the World Premiere of Marvel’s Ant-Man and they were quick to respond with “the movie,” but I’m not allowed to talk about the film yet, so in true journalistic fashion I followed with, “What else?”

“I thought it was cool to see all of the cast,” said Atticus.

“And the other Disney actors, too,” added Zane. “Did you already tell them about the popcorn?”

“Yes,” I said.

“Being on the screen was amazing,” said Atticus. “I can’t believe we were in the live stream.”

“Did you already tell them to call me ‘Mr. Honea’ now?” asked Zane.

“I thought you were ‘the other Mr. Honea.'” I said.

“HE IS!” they both replied.

And then they argued for a moment before adding that the movie was super funny, there was also free soda, and that speaking with ants would be a pretty neat power.

I told them to stay out of the kitchen.

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Whit
Whit Honea is the author of “The Parents’ Phrase Book” and co-founder of the philanthropic organization Dads 4 Change. He is the Social Media Director and Community Manager of the Dad 2.0 Summit. His writing can be found at Fandango, GeekDad, Disney, Today, Good Housekeeping, City Dads Group and several other popular publications. He previously covered travel for Orbitz, CBS and AOL, and served as Editor of Family Travel for UpTake. Deemed “the activist dad” by UpWorthy and one of the “funniest dads on Twitter” by Mashable, Whit is the 2015 winner of the Iris Award for Best Writing in the online parenting space.
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