Scott Lang is grappling with the consequences of his choices as both a superhero and a father. Approached by Hope van Dyne and Dr. Hank Pym, Lang must once again don the Ant-Man suit and fight alongside the Wasp. The urgent mission soon leads to secret revelations from the past as the dynamic duo finds itself in an epic battle against a powerful new enemy. – Marvel Studios
Ant-Man & the Wasp is the direct sequel to Ant-Man and the follow up to Avenger’s Infinity War. The film brings back director Peyton Reed who stepped in on the first one to replace Edgar Wright. The screenplay was written by a handful of funny people including Ant-Man himself, Paul Rudd, Chris McKenna, Erik Sommers, Andrew Barrer, and, Gabriel Ferrari. Much of the original cast returns with some fresh faces including Michelle Pfeiffer, Laurence Fishburne and, Randall Park or Asian Jim, as I like to call him. All are welcome additions to the franchise.
Second sequels have been tough for the MCU, they’re all watchable movies but none of them have been as good as their predecessors, third installments are another story. Ant-Man & the Wasp is the first sequel to be better than its predecessor since Captain America: The Winter Solider and I’m someone who loved Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2.
Most people liked Ant-Man but I think we can all agree it followed the Iron Man origin story template with a heist and some jokes thrown in to spice it up. Ant-Man and the Wasp is entirely original and fresh. It’s still a superhero movie at its core but it felt different from Ant-Man and the rest of the MCU. At its core it’s just about a rescue mission that requires heisting. Another thing making it different is that this movie doesn’t even have a real villain, there’s a few antagonists but there’s no big bad. Essentially the Ghost is the main villain but she is not really a villain per se, she is just trying to save herself. She doesn’t have nearly as much depth as Killmonger but we learn enough about her to emphasize with her, she might be the MCU’s first real anti-hero, excluding Frank Castle.
If you boil the plot of Ant-Man & the Wasp down it’s just about Scott, Hope and Hank trying to rescue Janet, that’s it, simple movie. The secondary plots are what elevate this movie to different heights. Scott’s on house arrest, hilarity ensues as we watch his daily activities of magic, watching TV and playing the drums. Luis, Scott and the rest of the criminal crew have started a security firm and guess what? Hilarity ensues. The Ghost is a science experiment gone wrong,
hilarity ensues and there are emotions a plenty. Agent Woo hilarious played by Randall Park is just trying to catch Scott evading house arrest and learn magic, more hilarity. As you may have guessed this is a very funny movie and I am a sucker for comedic Marvel movies, looking at you Guardians and Thor: Ragnarok. I don’t think there was a single joke that didn’t hit, my favorite and perhaps the simplest joke was that Bobby Cannavale’s Paxton, Scott’s ex-wife’s husband suddenly became Scott’s biggest fan and just hugs the dude all the time and calls him buddy. I could go on and on listing all my favorite jokes but I don’t think you want to read that but I can’t resist telling you one more. Scott actually makes a point to mock the fact that everyone in the MCU uses sunglasses and a hat as a disguise. On second thought it’s better not to spoil that one.
Ant-Man & the Wasp was the lighthearted follow-up we needed after the gut punch Infinity War left us all with. This movie is an intimate affair, it is very small scale (no pun intended), at no point is the greater world in danger. The scale might be small but the action, laughs and fun are big. There’s some incredible miniature and quantum realm action and there’s a Giant-Man sequence better than what we got in Civil War.
Just some final thoughts here before I wrap this thing up:
- Peyton Reed showed as all that what we loved about the original wasn’t just leftovers from Edgar Wright but stuff he brought to the table
- Michael Pena’s Luis continues to still the show but has some serious competition with Randall Park’s Agent Woo, I hope to see them both again
- Paul Rudd is easily the funniest hero in the MCU, hands down
- Cassie Lang is adorable
I give Ant-Man & the Wasp a 9 out of 10.
There’s also two post credit scenes, you need to see the first one but the second is for true fans.