Ant-Man was originally supposed to be released earlier in the MCU, but there was a falling out between Marvel Studios and the original director Edgar Wright. So Peyton Reed took over as the new director and thus, we got 2015’s Ant-Man. It became a hit and was praised for its humor and special effects surrounding the shrinking and growing. So of course, a sequel was put in development and Ant-Man gets to share the spotlight with the Wasp. So how did the movie go? Well, let’s find out. This is Ant-Man And The Wasp.
After the events of Civil War, Scott Lang is under house arrest for 2 years. Near the end of his house arrest, Hope Van Dyne and Hank Pym show up and brings him along to assist them in going to the Quantum Realm to find Janet Van Dyne, Hank’s wife and Hope’s mother. Meanwhile, they must thwart off enemies who could sabotage their plans. After the huge scale of Infinity War, this was a well-needed palette cleanser with smaller stakes and more humor. There’s a lot of wacky science fiction concepts in the movie and they just embrace it. It’s almost a bit like a Saturday morning cartoon in the best ways possible.
Let’s start with our two leads, Paul Rudd as Scott Lang and Evangeline Lily as Hope Van Dyne. In this movie, Scott is just waiting for the day he’s no longer in house arrest when he gets caught up in the Pyms’ adventure. Once again, he’s funny, charming, and a good dad to Cassie (who is just adorable). At times, it feels like Scott acts like a complete idiot and the new suit he’s given malfunctions at times. Hope was awesome, especially when she suits up as the Wasp. She’s a better fighter than Scott and her action scenes were badass. Michael Douglas was great as Hank Pym as he’s given more to do than just exposit. It was great to see Michael Pena’s Luis again as he was funny. And we’re finally introduced to Janet Van Dyne, who’s played by Michelle Pfeiffer. Yep. Catwoman herself is playing the OG Wasp. I honestly wished we could’ve gotten more from her in this film.
And now for the “villains.” I say villains in quotes because they don’t act like true villains. Anyways, Ghost, played by Hannah John-Kamen. She’s not exactly the strongest adversary, especially when compared to Thanos and Killmonger, but she’s much better than Yellowjacket. She’s not motivated by money or power, she wants to fix herself after an accident gave her uncontrollable phasing powers. She’s assisted by Bill Foster, played by Laurence Fishburne. In the comics, he’s the superhero Goliath, who can grow really tall. In this movie, he’s Hank Pym’s former partner who had a falling out. Now that I mentioned it, we have Laurence Fishburne working in a movie involving a ghost.
Honestly, there’s not much to spoil, so I’ll be quick. Just like the first Ant-Man, this movie is a straight-up comedy with action. Many of the jokes hit, probably more so than the first. The special effects are amazing, especially with how they de-age Hank and Janet in flashback scenes. The action delivers and is a thrill, especially the chase around San Fransisco during the third act. Now let’s talk about the mid-credits scene. So Hope, Hank, and Janet have sent Scott to the Quantum Realm to collect more quantum energy to heal Ghost. While Scott manages to collect what they need, Hank, Janet, and Hope all turned to dust, leaving Scott stranded in the Quantum Realm. Infinity War reared its ugly head and it was a major mood whiplash. There was a lot of gasps and “oh shits” in the screening I went to. Even worse is that after the post-credits scene (which you’ve already seen in the trailers), it says, “ANT-MAN AND THE WASP WILL RETURN” with a question mark at the end. Now Marvel is just pouring salt in the wound at this point.
I give Ant-Man And The Wasp a light 8/10. It’s a bit of a downgrade compared to Infinity War and Black Panther, but it’s a fun summer ride with jokes, action, and heart, even when the story isn’t particularly that strong. I’d say it’s on par with the first movie. The first movie had a better story while this one is funnier and has a better villain. I want to see more of Ant-Man and Wasp in future movies. Well, I’ll get half of my wish as Ant-Man will be in the next Avengers movie. Wasp? *sigh* I know they’re going to try and undo the damage caused by the snap, but still.