Geez, I wish that there was a new Marvel movie every couple of months like we’ve been lucky enough to receive this year. It is always such a fun experience seeing these heroes in well-made films. Ant-Man and the Wasp may not have been the flick on everyone’s must-see list for 2018, but for many of us, if Marvel’s dropping a movie, we’ll be there. I am definitely one of those people that want to see these movies as soon as I possibly can. Especially after Avengers: Infinity War, any added story in this universe is extra important.
The first Ant-Man movie was easily the biggest surprise out of the MCU thus far. Sure, the Guardians of the Galaxy came out of nowhere, but the world was craving a space adventure like that. Ant-Man was a street-level heist movie that had a perfect blend of story, action, and humour. I still consider it one of the most fun movies in the universe yet.
Ant-Man and the Wasp plays a lot of the original but is much more connected to the events of Captain America: Civil War. This helps to bring some final answers to phase three, all we need now is the next Avengers, and of course a saviour in Captain Marvel. It’s going to be a long wait now.
The story was a ride through a lot of action and a lot of quantum physics. It felt like the plot was all over the place, but really, it was more about leaving you guessing what would happen next. And, no part of the movie was predictable, it keeps you on the edge of your seat wondering where it will take you next. But, there is enough of that great humour from the original to keep you entertained through every scene.
Paul Rudd makes such a great Scott Lang. It’s kind of hilarious that this guy is part of this massive superhero community. I do still wish that Ant-Man had made it into Infinity War, mostly to see him interact with a Star-Lord or Thor. However, after watching Ant-Man and the Wasp I am much more sympathetic to Lang’s position. Sure, I think they could have found a way to incorporate him, but Ant-Man has now become the everyman in the MCU, and if they bring him into the bigger game now there will be a lot more meaning to his character.
This movie is packed full of great characters. Wasp is pure awesome and she totally deserves a place in the bigger adventures too. Bill Foster was great, but I do wish we got to see him in action, maybe one day. And, Michelle Pfeifer is Janet Van Dyne! How brilliant is that, if that happened in the 90’s I would have lost it. But, it was Ghost that blew my mind, she was such a great villain. Her motives, character, and abilities made her so powerful every time she was on screen. Easily one of the best villains the MCU has put out.
I had a blast watching this movie. The only problem I had comes from being spoiled by too many over-the-top epics from Marvel. We can’t expect a Thor: Ragnorak every time. And, we need to show some appreciation for the street-level films like this one. I don’t think that this movie was as good as the original Ant-Man, but it fits in somewhere close to it in the overall ranking of Marvel flicks. The most important thing is, it was a lot of fun, what else can you really ask for?