20 films into the Marvel Cinematic Universe, and we are on it’s biggest year ever. After the phenomenons of Black Panther and Infinity War, how do you top that? The answer is, you don’t. Ant Man and The Wasp doesn’t have ambition to be grand or even give any continuity to Infinity War (mostly). It actually takes place about 2 years after Civil War and right before Thanos makes himself known to earth’s mightiest heroes. What we have is a really funny, visually stunning and fast paced adventure, much like the first Ant Man.
Paul Rudd is so good as Scott Lang once again, bringing both a heart and humor to this universe unique to any other character. My Ant Man of the comics was always Hank Pym, but this take totally works for the movies. Speaking of Pym, Michael Douglas is such a great version of him. The movie displays that he is not a generally liked person, which is in character. Evangeline Lilly is fine as Hope/Wasp, getting the best action scenes. She is just kind of a wet blanket compared to Scott, which is a role reversal. In the original comics, Pym Ant Man was the serious one, with Janet Van Dyne being more loose and carefree. The entire plot of this movie actually revolves around the lost Janet, played by Michelle Pfeiffer.
The villain, Ghost, is yet another underwritten Marvel villain that is afraid to be that evil. Hannah John-Kamen does a good job, with a great look, but is unmemorable. I thought Marvel Studios learned their lesson after Vulture and Thanos.
Peyton Reed returns again to direct. He definitely has a flair for comedy of all kinds. The action is fun, but its clear he is a little out of his element with it. I will say that the visuals of the Quantum Realm, as well as whenever our heroes use their shrinking abilities, are stunning, especially on a giant IMAX screen. Christophe Beck also has one of the best scores in the MCU with both Ant Man movies.
Honestly, the most exciting and surprising part of the movie, was the mid credits scene. Without giving anything away, it is so satisfying and leaves you hanging.
Overall, this is a good movie to tide Marvel fans over while we wait for Avengers 4 and beyond.
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