Any new film under the Marvel Cinematic Universe banner immediately gets my attention. Despite my misgivings about its predecessor, seeing Ant-Man and the Wasp was high on my “movie” priorities list. Now the important question to ask is, does it live up to its prequel?
Ant-Man and the Wasp (2018) Marvel Review
Two years have passed since Scott Lang (Paul Rudd) last saw his friends. As a consequence of rushing to Captain America’s aid in the events of ‘Civil War,’ Scott is under house arrest. This means for two years, he’s lived with an ankle monitor under the thumb of the FBI. It also means Hank Pym (Michael Douglas) has had to go into hiding, and in this time, Scott hasn’t seen Hope (Evangeline Lily) either. The one pro to being stuck inside four walls, the quality time he spends with his daughter, Cassie (Abby Ryder Fortson).
His landscape changes when Hope kidnaps him. You see, she and her father have plans to rescue her mother. Plans that include Scott. They believe Janet (Michelle Pfeiffer), the former Wasp, placed a clue in his mind when he entered the Quantum Realm; a clue that could lead to her rescue. Now, it’s a race against time to save Janet, and confront a new ghostly enemy.
To be upfront, I wanted to like this film more than I did. Don’t mistake me, Ant-Man and the Wasp is hilarious. It’s another “win” for Marvel especially in light of the heaviness of ‘Infinity War.’ The story keeps us in laughter, though I did find it a tiny bit overlong. Weird since the film is actually short by Marvel standards. The plot also feels tired (a deceased character who’s really alive), too, which is perhaps part of my opinion.
No matter my few reservations, I still love this character. I especially like how the action scales down to “dollhouse” size. As I ramble in an ineloquent manner for Ant-Man, this makes everything look new and the typical action features come across as different. These scenes continue to make me giggle in this sequel. Also a good source of laughter is Scott’s best friend, played wonderfully by Michael Pena. Something about his supporting character helps “complete” the film, and the down to the wire ways Scott attempts to fool the FBI is funny.
The main cast returning is golden since we already know them well. Paul Rudd is the perfect MCU addition in this role, and like Star-Lord, he helps to lighten what has become a darker universe. Also a bright spot is Abby Ryder Fortson who makes one of Marvel’s heroes a father, which is a nice (and realistic) change for the typical Marvel character. The romance is slim in this franchise, but there is a nice moment or two.
Those who are die-hard Marvel fans will enjoy Ant-Man and the Wasp. It’s imperfect, and I don’t think it’s quite as funny as its prior outing, but is still quite fun. Scott is a character I look forward to know more from (provided he survives Avengers 4!), and his role as a father, because it makes him MCU unique. Be sure to watch through the credits as there’s a little scene that ties into the next Avengers film. Those of us who’ve seen ‘Infinity War’ will understand the significance, and what it means. Either way, before the fourth Avengers releases, enjoy Ant-Man and the Wasp. It puts a smile on faces.
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