What was going on? Where was Ant-Man when Thanos had the world wondering whether they’d survive the week? Why didn’t they call on Marvel’s most lovable & tiny hero or even Ant Man to come help save the world? Well thanks to Ant-Man and The Wasp (AMTW) we now have an answer…they were looking for The Wasps’ long lost Mum! Oh…and Ant-Man was being a good Dad as well… so some pretty important stuff actually.
Although Ant-Man and The Wasp may never go down in Marvel history as a crucial part of the story, what AMTW provides is a much needed break from the chaos, death and world ending peril of the Avengers series. Much like Thor:Ragnorok, AMTW is trying to do its own thing, create its own story and its own vibes, and for me it does it well. The villain known as The Ghost is an interesting character, and her predicament leaves an interesting moral dilemma of sacrificing one life for another. I was personally left wondering whether Hank Pym (Michael Douglas) and The Wasp (Evangeline Lilly) were potentially more heartless than the villain. If you see it, let me know what you think in the comments.
The relationship between Ant-Man (Paul Rudd) and The Wasp not being what it once was is for me this films only drawback. I am a little tired of seeing love stories being repeated and sequels requiring couples to re-ignite the peripheral spark for the sake of romantic interest. Jurassic World did this in the worst way, and with much less expectation that the latest edition of Ant-Man. Fortunately, AMTW gets itself back on track quickly and rides the trope well. Although not as funny as the first Ant-Man due to recycled jokes and methods (although not done nearly as badly as Deadpool 2) AMTW is what is is, and it is a good film. It may be pointless within the plotline, with the story bridging content really only being in the end credit sequence, but I really enjoyed it. Paul Rudd remains excellent and Evangeline Lilly always steals the screen for me. The jokes are still funny and Hannah John-Kamen is excellent as The Ghost.
Ant-Mat and The Wasp is not a world breaker. It won’t be as successful as Black Panther and the Avengers series won’t be affected if you don’t see this film. But it is good, it is fun and it was a superhero should be, about them, and not about everyone else. Plus, Ant-Man is undoubtedly the best ex-con father figure I’ve ever seen in cinema…so..yeah!
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