Ant-Man and the Wasp is a movie that Marvel fans could really use after the great MCU event that launched a million memes, “The Snappening”. A historical cinematic event involving Mr. Grimace himself that completely catapulted movie goers into a state of great disbelief and silence. With everyone asking where the MCU will go from here, and, is it all downhill from here on out, the answer is no.

Considering that Scott Lang (Paul Rudd), the titular Ant-Man, was absent from Avengers: Infinity War, it’s fun to see the character come out for his sequel in a fun a quirky way. Marvel films are really not going stop impressing movie goers for awhile, because each of their films are quintessentially different yet tied together.

If you are looking for a great comedy with some superhero powers thrown into the mix, then this is the movie for you. Not as serious or dark as some other movies, Ant-Man and the Wasp really holds its own in the cinematic landscape.

Here some points we think make this film great and some of the fumbles that Ant-Man and the Wasp had and we hope to see some improvement going forward in the MCU. There are no spoilers, so no don’t worry.

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Comedy/Humour

Having Paul Rudd cast as Scott Lang has really payed off for a fun and loveable bumbling character. His ability to play off the other cast members in so many different situations actually makes this movie such a laugh fest.

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Yet, one of the key defining pieces of humour is not from Paul Rudd, but one of the supporting cast members, Michael Peña’s character Luis. That narrative scene you had in first Ant-Man comes back in full force, in an even more hilarious manner than before. This was a truly laugh out moment that was very much needed after the dark event that was Infinity War.

I would even go on the say that as a comedy film, this rivals Thor: Ragnarok and isn’t nearly as cheesy. This is one of those films I wouldn’t mind watching again in cinemas.

Villain Issue

Marvel still has that annoying villain issue, which I thought they fixed after watch Black Panther and Avengers: Infinity War. This a movie with no true villain on screen to see that you would care about in any way whatsoever. The so call bad guys play no other role than to be forgettable and move the plot along into hilarious hijinks. Kind of a waste of the hi-tech corporate saboteur Ghost character, but oh well.

Great Child Actor

Abby Ryder Fortson plays Scott Lang’s adorable daughter Cassie and needs an award. I think she was great in the first movie and has improved in such a way that she actually makes a memorable impact in any scenes she is in. Cassie is one of those characters that showcases why Scott Lang acts the way he does and is such a relatable character.

Great Use of Supersize and Shrinking Powers

The powers of Ant-Man and the Wasp are a great spectacle to see in both a fun or action pack way. Just thinking about Hank Pym (Michael Douglas) carrying a tin full of “Matchbox” cars that he can enlarge at any time is a wonderfully fun concept. This becomes especially evident when Luis gets a behind the wheel of a purple Matchbox decaled car, because I had the exact same grin Luis had on screen.

While on the action side of things, watching Evangeline Lilly’s Hope Van Dyne/Wasp kicks some criminal’s behind, and really does make Scott look completely inept. Maybe they should retitle the next movie Wasp and the Ant-Man. To be fair he still needs some training, but at least his heart is in the right place.

Too Many Characters and Story Arcs

With so many characters in the mix, no one really get a good story arc that you can follow with the movie’s pacing. With so much going on, it all just feels a bit to jumbled and crowded to be enjoyed in any other way than a good comedy from the MCU.

The plot really was not that great, with the first Ant-Man being a much tighter and well written story.

Mid-Credit and After Movie Credits

Now for the kicker and there will be no spoilers. For all you moviegoers out there who have been theorizing about the MCU, stay at the very least for mid credit scene. This one links Ant-Man and the Wasp to the MCU.

As for the post credit scene, it’s more of an optional humour short scene. Still better than Spider-Man: Homecoming’s post credit scene, urgh.

Conclusion

Ant-Man and the Wasp is a fun and entertaining comedy. I’m sure it’s not for everyone and is far from perfect, but it’s still an excellent laugh for MCU Fans. While I still think the first movie was much better overall, the comedy in the sequel is definitely a step above its predecessor.

A great standalone franchise, you don’t need to have watch any of the other MCU movies other than the first Ant-Man, to enjoy this one.

7.3/10

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