As Scott Lang balances being both a Super Hero and a father, Hope van Dyne and Dr. Hank Pym present an urgent new mission that finds the Ant-Man fighting alongside The Wasp to uncover secrets from their past. (From IMDB)
Ant-Man is making his first appearance after Civil War, and he brings back some familiar faces. While this is technically the sequel to Ant-Man, this time he shares the film title with The Wasp. This really doesn’t feel like an Ant-Man centered film at a lot of parts, but more so a Pym family drama. While Marvel’s past 3 films have some of their best, this one isn’t quite on that same level. Does this mean that Ant-Man and the Wasp is a bad movie? Not at all, and given their hot streak lately Marvel was probably due for a so-so film.
One of the main things that bogs down this movie is the exposition. I would even go as far to say that there is more information presented to the audience in this movie, than in Doctor Strange, which was tasked with introducing magic into the MCU. There is also a lot to balance in this movie which was surprising to me. It tries to have 3 villains, and you really only ending up caring about one of them. Ghost is easily one of the best parts of the movie, but I can’t help but feel like she was very underutilized. Walton Goggins plays another one of the villains and in doing so is essentially his same character from the Hateful Eight. He could easily been completely cut out the film, and not much would have changed. The FBI is what I’m considering as the third “villain” and all they really do is follow Scott Lang around, and a bit of urgency to the narrative.
I do feel the need to reiterate that this isn’t a bad movie. There are some really well choreographed action sequences, some outstanding special effects, and of course a great performance by Paul Rudd. This might also be the fastest moving comic book movie ever, there is hardly a second to breathe. A lot of the purpose behind releasing this film after Infinity War was most likely meant to function as sort of a “palette cleanser” as that film was a bit darker in tone. This considered, Ant-Man and the Wasp does its job pretty well.
This wasn’t the best Marvel movie in recent memory, but it is pretty entertaining. The narrative is much more choppy, and not as stream lined as the first one. The main villain is very underutilized, but the cast has some great chemistry. This a enjoyable summer action flick, but doesn’t quite hit the bar that Marvel has raised for itself in recent memory.