Ant-Man and the Wasp is the 2018 sequel to Ant-man’s first solo outing from 2015. That first movie, full of funny, quirky action and comedy was a surprisingly fun film. Ant-man and the Wasp takes that baton and runs with it. Peyton Reed and crew know what made the first movie works so well and make the smart choice not to deviate far from that formula.
If you liked the first Ant-Man movie, you will absolutely enjoy this movie as well.
Paul Rudd reprises his role as the bumbling reformed thief Scott Lang. He is funny, full of heart and heroism as he interacts with not only the other superheroes but also his little daughter Cassie Lang. While we’re talking about Cassie Lang, Abby Ryder Fortson is a scene stealer. Both the actress and the character are ones to watch and I firmly believe that director Peyton Reid and MCU architect Kevin Feige have much more in store for this character in the future of the Marvel Cinematic Universe. Another standout character is, of course, Michael Pena. We are once again treated to his hilariously manic sidekick and, yes, another of his stories. Thank you, truth serum.
Ant-Man and The Wasp is very much a self contained story. At the same time, whether through one-liner references or exposition from Randall Park’s Jimmy Woo, the movie makes sure to remind us that it resides in the space just after Captain America: Civil War and Avengers: Infinity War.
The plot of the first movie was centered around a heist; an interesting sub-genre of film for the MCU to explore. This movie takes on another sub-genre, that is of the “rescue mission’. Scott, Hank and Hope are using technologies developed in the first film to enter the quantum realm in an attempt to rescue Hank’s long lost love, Janet Van Dyne.
On the way to rescuing Janet, the team encounter Bill Foster, Sonny Burch and a mysterious villain named Ghost. And this is where I start to have an issue. Marvel has always had what some call a “Villain Problem”. In their attempt to keep the focus on the heroes of our stories, the villains some times end up two dimensional and ultimately falling flat. But with recent villains like Killmonger, Thanos and now Ghost it does seem that Marvel is learning how to make their villains more compelling and sympathetic. That said, Walter Goggins’ character (and he performed greatly as Goggins always does) seemed more of a temporary blockade and a nuisance than anything else. None of the villains in the movie were particularly imposing or scary and even threatening to any serious degree. Overcoming the villains was not the direction this movie went in and so the villains feel like somewhat of a side story. But I REALLY like the look of Ghost, such a cool costume.
Another thing I really like about these movies is the innovative and creative way they play with size and perspective and dimension. The growing and shrinking of the characters and their use of space was great in Ant-Man but are taken to another level in this sequel. I saw this movie in 3D format and I think that the 3D element added to those scenes wonderfully.
Overall, this is a very fun movie. It is just what you are most likely expecting from Ant-Man if you saw and enjoyed the first movie. As has been said before, the Ant-man and the Wasp is a great palette cleanser after the heavy faire we were treated to in Avengers: Infinity War. Oh and that reminds me – there are 2 end credits scenes. The mid-credit scene is a jaw dropper and the final just silly fun but not necessary.
Verdict: 8 3/4 stars out of 10