The Ant-Man and The Wasp marks the first Marvel film following the high stakes ensemble that was Infinity War. Frankly with so much happening in the film, Ant-Man and The Wasp seems literally like a small scale (pun intended) superhero film.
But despite its smaller stakes, this superhero film is not short on fun or action as it pairs up two characters that were integral part of the Avengers in the comic books. The film takes place two years following the events of Civil War, with Scott Lang (Paul Rudd) serving a two year house arrest for his actions in that airport battle in Germany.
Having severed ties with both Hope Van Dyne (Evangeline Lilly) and Hank Pym (Michael Douglas), Lang’s foray as a superhero looks to have come to an end. However, little does he know that both father and daughter are hatching a plan to enter the Quantum Realm to rescue the original Wasp, Janet Pym (Michelle Pfeiffer). And they require Lang’s knowledge to do so.
However, nothing is quite as straightforward in a superhero movie, as the heroes have to face threats from all sides. There’s a mysterious and powerful villain in the Ghost, who possesses the power to phase through objects, the FBI who is monitoring Lang and an arms dealer who wants to sell the tech Pym has to the highest bidder.
Just like the first film, Ant-Man and The Wasp, injects more humour, fun and a nice blend of action as well as character development for all the characters. But unlike the first film, the stakes are levelled nicely between all the main players. The story arc for Lang in particular is the most interesting aspect as it sees the character – very much an everyday man – completing his journey as a superhero.
With a nice mix of action, humour, some cool Easter Eggs and surprises plus great support from actors such as Michael Pena, Ant-Man and The Wasp isn’t your typical Marvel superhero movie. But it scores just as well for being different from the other MCU films. It may not have the high stakes like other MCU films, but being smaller in heroes and in size, does bode well for this superhero franchise.
The end credits scene is also worth noting as its ties into Infinity War and also hints at possibly a bigger role for the Ant-Man in the next Avengers sequel.
Popcorn Rating: Small & Sweet