Verdict: This movie is exactly what we needed after Avengers: Infinity War.
While all the fans of the Marvel Cinematic Universe and everyone else who lined up to see Avengers: Infinity War await for its sequel to release next year, Marvel has provided us with a tiny distraction. The follow-up to the 2015 movie Ant-man is finally here and it has been making statements already. Ant-man and the Wasp is the first MCU movie to have a female character’s name in the title and after watching the movie we can safely say that they have come through on it. It is also the movie that answers one of the big questions we had when we saw Avengers: Infinity War – “Where the $^#@ is Ant-man?”
What’s Ant-man and the Wasp all about:
Picking up about two years after the events of Captain America: Civil War, Scott Lang (Paul Rudd) is days away from his house arrest being lifted by the FBI. Even while being under house arrest, he makes sure that his daughter Cassie (Abby Ryder Fortson) has the best time when she visits him on the weekends. He has also set up a security company called X-Con Security with Luis (Michael Peña)and gang. Meanwhile, Hope Van Dyne (Evangeline Lilly) and Hank Pym (Michael Douglas) are on the run from the law. They are also finding a way to get Hope’s mom, Janet Van Dyne (Michelle Pfeiffer)back from the quantum zone. But one of their part suppliers turns rogue and at the same time, they have Ghost hunting them.
While every MCU movie is part of the same universe, each one has their own theme. Ant-man was a heist caper and nothing has changed. There is still a lot of stealing happening in this movie. The characters have matured a little and that is all you can expect from a sequel. The writers have addressed the elephant in the room (the great snap of death and dust) so they went back in time to make this movie. Paul Rudd is as charming as ever and even more so as he balances his life between being a superhero and a super dad. Evangeline Lilly steals the show in this heist caper though as the Wasp. Just as Hope Van Dyne, her character in the movie was training to be Wasp since she was very young, Evangeline Lilly seems to be born for this role.
Peyton Reed has delivered an enjoyable fest once again with a movie that has a lot of depth and at the same time has enough Hello Kitty references to ease the tension. Even the city of San Francisco has been used marvelously as you get to see the best bits during the chase sequences.
What could have been better:
While the movie was fantastic, it lacks Luis’ fine storytelling. You only get to see one story from this character.
Why you should watch this movie:
If Avengers: Infinity War was too much for you to handle, this is the perfect antidote. You get to meet new ants with very ant-like names along with getting to see the Wasp in action. There is no exact science as to how Marvel delivers smashing movies each time, we just need to know that this is definitely one of them.
P.S. There is one mid-credit scene and one post-credit scene. Watch out!