From the Marvel Cinematic Universe comes “Ant-Man and The Wasp,” a new chapter featuring heroes with the astonishing ability to shrink. In the aftermath of “Captain America: Civil War,” Scott Lang grapples with the consequences of his choices as both a Super Hero and a father. As he struggles to rebalance his home life with his responsibilities as Ant-Man, he’s confronted by Hope van Dyne and Dr. Hank Pym with an urgent new mission. Scott must once again put on the suit and learn to fight alongside The Wasp as the team works together to uncover secrets from the past.

What We Thought:

Ant-Man and The Wasp is a perfectly fine film. I liked it overall, but had heard really good things about it going into seeing the movie. Someone even heard it was the best Marvel sequel since Captain America: The Winter Soldier. It’s not. It’s fine, but it’s nowhere near as entertaining as the first film.

My biggest complaint is there really isn’t much of a villain. After Black Panther and Avengers: Infinity War gave us the two most fleshed out villains in the MCU, this feels like a bit of a let down. There is a character named Ghost who is sort of the villain, but she’s just doing what she’s doing to stay alive. Walton Goggins is also sort of a villain, but he’s just a bad guy trying to get Hank Pym’s tech and ultimately isn’t the end all, be all bad guy. The FBI is after Scott Lang (Ant-Man) and Hank and Hope van Dyne, but they are just doing their job.

Another complaint is that this film really doesn’t explain why Ant-Man wasn’t involved with fighting Thanos in Infinity War. I guess you have to assume that what is happening to Scott in this movie is taking place the same time as that movie. Infinity War mentions Ant-Man being on house arrest and he is in this movie, but a post credits scene confused the timeline a bit to me. That post credits scene has to do with the events of Infinity War so I guess Scott couldn’t hang out with the Avengers because of house arrest and trying to help Hank and Hope find Janet Van Dyne?

A couple of other negatives to talk about before the positives. Hank Pym puts on a suit to do a task. It’s not quite a full Ant-Man type suit, but if you are going to suit up the original Ant-Man, how do you not have him put on his original helmet as an homage? People who don’t recognize the helmet won’t get it, but those who are familiar with the original costume would have loved it. It’s a missed opportunity for a fantastic Easter egg. The first two acts are a bit slow. There is so much going on (trying to save Janet, trying to fight/capture Ghost, trying to get Hank’s lab back, trying to avoid Goggins’ character, trying to avoid the FBI) that you lose focus at times of the overall story. Goggins goes away then you remember he’s in the movie. Scott’s daughter comes and goes. So does Randall Park’s FBI character. So does Michael Pena’s sidekicks. It’s so much that some of it feels unnecessary.

But then there’s the third act. That third act saves the film and is a lot of fun. I’ve always enjoyed Paul Rudd’s work and he is a fantastic Scott Lang/Ant-Man. He’s always funny, but he’s at his best in the suit, getting bigger or smaller and trying to be the hero that he wasn’t built to be. Rudd and Evangeline Lilly have great chemistry and with The Wasp in the title, we get a lot more of Lilly’s Hope/The Wasp. Ant-Man and The Wasp have some solid fight sequences together and the car chase scene is a lot of fun. Between shrinking and getting bigger plus Ghost’s ability to phase through things, there are a lot of good special effect sequences when the movie is firing on all cylinders. Michael Pena was the break out star in the first film and we get more of his character. We get his fast talking storytelling, but also just more of him and his sidekicks. They are a nice break from the typical characters we usually get in comic book movies.

I know it sounds like I have more negatives than positives for Ant-Man and The Wasp, but again, overall I did enjoy the movie. It’s great seeing a stand alone movie without crossovers, but I’m curious how fans will react to not seeing cameos or other Avengers showing up in a movie nowadays. If you liked the first movie you should like this one just don’t expect as much action as the first. Rudd and Lilly are great together and we get a lot more Michael Douglas as well. It won’t come close to Black Panther or Avengers: Infinity War money, but it’s not supposed to in the first place. Overall it is…


Cast & Crew:

  • Paul Rudd
  • Evangeline Lilly
  • Michael Peña
  • Walton Goggins
  • Bobby Cannavale
  • Judy Greer
  • Tip “T.I.” Harris
  • David Dastmalchian
  • Hannah John-Kamen
  • Abby Ryder-Fortson
  • Randall Park
  • Michelle Pfeiffer
  • Laurence Fishburne
  • Michael Douglas
  • Director Peyton Reed

Recommended If You Like:

  • Ant-Man
  • Paul Rudd
  • Marvel Movies

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