Set after the events of the first Ant-Man movie and Captain America: Civil War, Hank Pym’s protégé Scott Pym is under house arrest due to his actions on helping Captain America battling Iron Man over a superhero registration act resulting in collateral damage and civilian casualties from the destruction of The Avengers’ epic fights against Loki & Ultron . Hank once again enlists Scott to help him work on an important experiment that’ll open a dimension known as “The Quantum Realm” with the help of his daughter Hope while they must evade the law as a result of Scott now a fugitive and a villain who has the power go through matter tries to steal Hank’s experiment for a personal reason.
Ant-Man & The Wasp is currently out in theaters nationwide earning positive reviews from critics and making money at the box office.
The following review doesn’t contain any crucial SPOILERS whatsoever. Feel free to read this non-spoiler article.
Gigantic & Tiny Elements
Gigantic: The Main Cast from the first film reprise their roles and they all did a fantastic job for their respective performances. Paul Rudd also co-wrote the script for the sequel just as he co-wrote the first Ant-Man film.
Newcomers to the MCU including Walton Goggins, Laurence Fishburne, Hannah John-Kamen & Michelle Pfeiffer all did a great job for their respective performances.
Fun Fact: Both Laurence Fishburne & Michelle Phiiffer co-starred in Films related to DC Comics. Laurence played Superman/Clark Kent’s boss Perry White in the DC Extended Universe (DCEU for short) & Michelle played Catwoman/Selina Kyle in Batman Returns. Former Batman actor Michael Keaton also played Vulture in Spider-Man: Homecoming, Tom Hardy who previously played Bane in The Dark Knight Rises will portray Venom/Eddie Brock & current Joker actor Jared Leto has signed on to play Spider-Man anti-hero/villain Morbius The Living Vampire in an upcoming solo film based on the character.
Action Sequences managed to keep me busy without making me feel easily bored.
Peyton Reed returns to direct the sequel and he did a good job directing.
Humor retains the first film’s comedy for its use of visual gags, witty dialogue, Michael Pena’s character stole the show.
Special Effects didn’t seem fake at all. C.G.I. brought various things to life such as dog-sized ants, size changing ability from Scott & Hope’s suits & a “De-Aging” technique was used to make actors in their old age appear as their younger selves back in their heyday. This technique was used in Ant-Man, Captain America: Civil War, Star Wars: Rogue One, Guardians Of The Galaxy Vol. 2 & Pirates Of The Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales. I’m giving the effects team Bonus Points for all that’s hard work they’ve gone through. Somebody give them a Christmas Bonus!
Cinematography didn’t have any technical malfunctions throughout.
The film is set during the same time as Infinity War. We get some context on why Scott was absent in the first place.
If you don’t remember the first Ant-Man movie’s plot, a recap will tell you what happened after the events of the previous film alongside Captain America: Civil War.
Scott finally mentioned why he teamed up with Captain America to battle Iron Man without telling Hope & Hank.
Remember that important scene involving Ant-Man’s fight with Yellowjacket? The sequel fully explains a dimension known as “The Quantum Realm.”
Ghost has a backstory on why she’s trying to survive from her condition.
Once again Stan Lee makes a cameo appearance.
A Mid-Credits Scene is shown. I refuse to give anything away you’re gonna have to see for yourself, trust me you’re gonna gasp. A Post-Credits Scene is optional to watch. I’m giving The Mid-Credits Scene an Extra Point for making the audience gasp.
Tiny: The emotional stakes isn’t on the same high scale level as Avengers: Infinity War or Deadpool 2.
Without giving too much away, Ghost’s role felt kinda similar to Russell Collins from Deadpool 2.
The Final Verdict: B, FOR BRAIN POWER!
Ant-Man & The Wasp is another big milestone for Marvel’s successful entry to the MCU. So far Marvel is still making a lot of fans happy thanks to Black Panther, Infinity War, Deadpool 2 and now Ant-Man & The Wasp is added to the table as a balanced meal worth your money and spare time. If you have nothing else to do, I recommend this movie. Go out and continue to support the MCU so we can let Disney to sail the sea for future chapters.
All we have left in 2018 is Venom & Spider-Man: Into The Spider-Verse will open the gates for Spider-Man spin-offs focusing on Eddie Brock & Peter Parker’s successor Miles Morales introduced in their own cinematic film. Venom will actually get a proper introduction, let’s pretend that Topher Grace as Venom never happened. Into The Spider-Verse will be the first Spider-Man related picture to include a multiverse in which anybody can be Spider-Man. Who knows if both movies will do justice, will have to see once they come out worldwide.
Bravo Marvel for making another home run! I can’t wait to see what you’ll pull off in the future. I hope Venom & Spider-Man: Into The Spider-Verse won’t end up like the 2015 reboot of Fantastic Four. All we can do is cross our fingers until they come out in separate release dates in October & December.