After the sombre ending to Avengers: Infinity War, Ant Man and the Wasp comes along with humor and light hearted fun.
Not that this film does not have an important place in the lexicon of the MCU. In fact, I think when we look back, the use of the Quantum Zone will be a major point in the future of the MCU.
Scott Lang (Paul Rudd) is in the final days of his house arrest after the events of Captain America: Civil War, counting the hours until he can leave the building and venture outside. Because of his involvement, Hope van Dyne (Evangeline Lilly) and Hank Pym (Michael Douglas) are on the run from the government. But after Scott’s original trip into the Quantum Zone, Hank and Hope begin to believe that Janet van Dyne (Michelle Pfeiffer) might still be alive inside the zone, and they are preparing an attempted rescue.
Ant Man and the Wasp was fun and enjoyable. There was a lot of energy and creativity in the use of the powers between the two shrinking heroes. The shrinking gimmick is perfectly suited to this franchise and the writers and creative forces continue to come up with ways to use that gimmick to have Ant Man and the Wasp stand out among the super hero genre.
Paul Rudd is just wonderfully charming in this role. He is so easy to root for and to emphasize with that you can’t help but love him. Evangeline Lilly, who I have been watching a lot lately during my LOST re-watch, is awesome as the kick ass Wasp. Wasp is certainly a huge standout of this movie. Best compliment I can give is that I watched Ant Man and the Wasp without constantly thinking that it was Kate Austen on the screen. Lilly has successfully moved past that iconic LOST role in this film for me and that is saying something.
This film also has Michael Douglas, Michelle Pfeiffer and Laurence Fishburne which is an amazing commentary on the world of comic book movies these days.
Once again, Luis (Michael Peña) is one of the funniest parts of the movie. I was worried that they could not match the first film’s use of Luis, but I do believe that they were able to do so.
I also enjoyed the use of Ghost (Hannah John-Kamen). She had a fascinating power that we have not seen before in the MCU and her tragic background makes you emphasize with her. The costume is very cinematic as well.
The after credit scenes, especially the first one, is just amazing and leaves you wondering what is next. And immediately after the second post credit scene, Marvel sticks one more poke at the audience. It was wonderful. Oh, and in that first post credit scene, I think I heard something that is going to play a role in Avengers 4. No spoilers here, but we’ll have to see.
I was not a huge fan of the second villainous presence in the movie, as played by Walton Goggins. This tech dealer who was after Hank’s technology for his own nefarious means was really an unnecessary addition to the story, although there are a few funny moments with Goggins and his crew.
Abby Ryder Fortson was great again as Cassie Lang, Scott’s daughter. I would have liked more with Scott and Cassie as what we got of those two together in this film was fantastic. The beginning scene with the “robbery” was charming as could be.
It was nice to bring the stakes back down to a personal level after having such universal dangers in the last couple of Marvel movies. This was a smaller story, with it basically being trying to reunite a family. It is important for Marvel to continue to give us smaller movies like this (no pun intended) to counter balance the epic of the Avengers. It needs to stay even. And Ant Man and the Wasp does this beautifully. It is funny and fun with several relatable and enjoyable performances from a great cast.