Marvel is magic, it truly is. Rarely do they release a movie that isn’t widely loved and Ant-Man and The Wasp is no exception. It delivers humor, action and fun like every Marvel movie before it even if it doesn’t bring anything new and unique to the massive franchise. I cannot think of a franchise with more continuous films than the MCU. With 20 films and counting, fans have come to expect several films a year and to be entertained thoroughly.
Paul Rudd brings his charm to the role of Scott Lang once again. Scott finds himself under house arrest due to the events of Captain America: Civil War with only days left on his sentence. In the time from the first film, Civil War and now, he has become estranged from Hank and Hope. Before his house arrest is up, Hank and Hope kidnap Scott and seek his help to get Janet Pym out of the Quantum Realm. Along the way, they encounter Ghost, the films protagonist. Ghost, AKA Ava, is an interesting character and proves that Marvel is working hard to bring better villains to the screen. Ava isn’t power hungry or hell bent on destruction. Instead, she seeks to survive and is willing to go to incredible lengths to achieve her survival.
The tone and humor are consistent with the MCU and the previous film. The supporting cast is back and brings the laughs and fun. Michael Pena kills it as Luis bringing the charm and poppy nature of the character to life. Scotts daughter, ex-wife and his ex-wife’s husband are not in the film much but they bring their own part to the story in a great way.
Evangeline Lily was born to be an action hero. She was outstanding in every way. Early in the film I found myself wanting a solo film from her character alone. This isn’t the bubbly wasp from the cartoons but we already knew that from the first film. Instead, we get a strong willed, tough version of the character who is far better in a fight than the main hero. That isn’t to say that Ant-Man fails in any way, merely that Hope is a better fighter. Scott gets to use his powers of enlargement more in the sequel and to great entertainment. The large Ant-Man grows to towering sizes as seen in the trailers but it was a delight to see on the big screen.
Laurence Fishburne was a welcome addition to the cast but ultimately didn’t have enough screen time. The same can be said for Michelle Pfeiffer who plays Janet Van Dyne who barely had far less screen time than an actress of her talents should have. It made sense in the story but still felt like a bit of a mess. She was in it so little that we didn’t get a real sense of her character.
Overall Ant-Man and the Wasp is a great Marvel film. It doesn’t bring anything new to the franchise but it adds to the fun ride that we fans have been on for a decade. Great action, effects, a decent story, amazing supporting cast and more make this a ride that any Marvel fan can enjoy. I look forward to another viewing and going on this thrill ride once again.
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