Let’s be real. After the heartbreaking events of Avengers: Infinity War, we needed some sort of relief from the pain. Marvel’s Ant-Man and the Wasp was just that — a tiny [pun intended] relief.
Set two years after Captain America: Civil War, Scott Lang (Paul Rudd) is placed under house arrest and had three more days until his sentence is up. He has been a model citizen by starting his own security business with his crew called X-Con Security; being a great dad to Cassie (Abby Ryder Fortson); and, practicing magic tricks, which is a running gag throughout the movie. With no contact with Hank Pym (Michael Douglas) and Hope Van Dyne (Evangeline Lilly), Scott is on track to freedom. That is until Hank and Hope contact him for help finding Janet Van Dyne (Michelle Pfeiffer), Hope’s mother, in the Quantum Realm.
Of course, nothing is ever easy in the Marvel Universe. The team must battle an underground tech dealer (Walter Goggins); a hilarious F.B.I. agent (Randall Park); and a mysterious villain with quantum-like powers called Ghost (Hannah John-Kamen). It can seem like a big jumble between antagonists, but director Peyton Reed is able to give each character their spotlight by playing on their strengths and stories.
Hope’s addition as the Wasp is fantastic and marks the first woman superhero given a title role in a Marvel film. She isn’t his sidekick and the film makes it clear as she is more capable than him as a hero.
With the same team behind Doctor Strange, the visual effects for Ant-Man and the Wasp were spectacular. The quantum realm was breathtaking and the characters spend a long time there. The effects on the shrinking and growing of several items were also impressive, especially the Hello Kitty Pez dispenser and salt shaker. I wouldn’t be surprised to see this film being considered by the Academy.
Of course, with Rudd being part of the writing team, we could expect many gags and jokes throughout the film and they’re funny, especially if the scenes have Michael Peña’s Luis. Peña steals every scene he’s in, and, yes, an anticipated recap is given in the film by the character.
After initially watching the film, I called it the funniest Marvel film to date, which I still agree after seeing it two more times because of the comedic timing and nature of the jokes. Ant-Man and the Wasp is one portion of the entire Marvel Universe where one life is at risk versus the entire universe (cough, Infinity War). It doesn’t have multiple characters interacting with each other, but just a small group of everyday people interacting. The jokes and the humor in Ant-Man and the Wasp are more relatable to what we deal with (minus the shrinking power suits). Also, the best thing about Ant-Man and the Wasp was that they were able to make a Marvel film with the feel-good family ending we needed.
Marvel’s Ant-Man and the Wasp opens in theaters on July 6.