The Marvel Cinematic Universe in late April delivered its audience a very big blow when it dropped Avengers: Infinity War. That film changed the game forever and left audiences everywhere reeling with its ending and cliffhanger to boot. When the film ended, one of the many questions that was asked is “Where the heck was Ant-Man in all of this?”
Thankfully, we got answer to that question and so much more this week when the sequel to Ant-Man, aptly titled Ant-Man and the Wasp, was released. The record breaking 20th film to come out from Marvel Studios in the last 10 years wasn’t a game changer per say but greatly needed after the heartbreak and devastation left behind by Infinity War.
The film itself actually takes place before the events of Infinity War and 2 years after the events of Captain America: Civil War. Scott Lang, aka Ant-Man, has been under house arrest since the situation in Germany and is just a few days away from completing his time. He’s been keeping somewhat busy since then, learning how to do magic tricks and playing drums while entertaining his daughter Cassie and helping his friend Luis get their security company up and running.
That all changes for Scott one night as he dreams about being back in the Quantum Realm and finds himself having what he thinks is a dream about the long lost Janet Van Dyne, the original Wasp and ends up reaching out to Hank Pym and Hope Van Dyne. Hank and Hope are currently on the run because of Scott’s actions in Civil War and haven’t been exactly on speaking terms with him in the past two years. As it turns out, the father and daughter duo have been working on a way to enter the Quantum Realm to rescue Janet and with Scott’s dream, now think it is more than just a possibility.
They aren’t the only one who want to reach the Quantum Realm as a quantumaly unstable masked woman, “Ghost”, also is racing against time to get to there for her own personal gain and will use any means to get in, which causes a lot of problems for our heroes, mainly Scott, as he is close to losing it all again.
Just like the first film, Ant-Man and the Wasp excels in delivering humor and action, though not as heavy on the action like most Marvel films are, which can seem like kind of a let down for action buffs. It works for this film as that tone was set by the first film. Director Peyton Reed has perfected how to combine both elements (humor and action) that Marvel tends to lack in most of its films as far, save Thor: Ragnarok.
Paul Rudd is still the perfect Ant-Man. As far as MVP’s go, Evangeline Lilly steals the show as the newly adorned Wasp in every scene she is in. Hope has been doing some kind of ferocious training in the past two years, and it shows with every fight scene she was in the film. Rudd and Lilly still have amazing chemistry, and you do still find yourself rooting for their partnership to grow as the film progresses along with wishing that she had been in Civil War along with Scott.
Michael Peña is still a comedic delight though did not have as many scenes in the film this time. Michael Douglas continues to shine as the perfect combination of cranky and funny with his portrayal of Hank Pym. Randall Park gives him a run for his money as Jimmy Woo, Lang’s parole officer.
Delivering the film’s emotional punches were, however, Michelle Pfeiffer’s Janet Van Dyne and Hannah John-Kamen’s Ava Starr aka the “Ghost”. Pfeiffer can give a master class on delivering raw emotion with very little dialogue. As frustrating as some villains can be as far as why they are the way they are, John-Kamen’s Ava made you ache for her as her pain resonated throughout the film.
All in all, this is one film you will not want to miss as it leaves you in a slightly better place than Infinity War did….until you get to those post credit scenes that is, which you’ll definitely want to stick around for.
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