The next film to come out of the Marvel Comics Universe right after Avengers: Infinity War is Ant-Man And The Wasp. After the apocalyptic ending of that last Avengers film, one would wonder where the story of this follow-up would figure into the narrative of the MCU. Well, read on to find out. Don’t worry, I won’t spoil it for you.
What I loved about 2015’s Ant-Man is how contained it was, being a smaller franchise compared to the other films in the MCU yet it is still able to offer a solid superhero world on its own while still being part of its encompassing massive universe. It maintains this tone for the sequel, focusing on the main characters’ family issues as opposed to the usual apocalyptic plots of superhero flicks. +3
Paul Rudd truly owns his persona as Scott/Ant-Man and his comic timing is spot on and distinct, much like Chris Pratt as Star-Lord or Robert Downey as Tony Stark/Ironman. He has his own brand of swag and his own set of abs to boot. His portrayal for me constitutes 70% of why this film is so effective and successful. +4
Evangeline Lilly as Hope Van Dyne as the Wasp is definitely badass as a femme fatale but she also lends her role just the right amount of vulnerability to make her character absolutely endearing. +3
Michael Peña shines yet again as Luis, Scott’s best buddy of sorts, and the use of a truth serum, utilizes his blabber mouth personality to bring one of the best laughs of the film. +3
Another issue tackled in the film is the humanity of the characters, making even the villains relatable. This time, the antagonists aren’t pure evil but just individuals molded by their history, striving to survive. Hannah John-Kamen as Ghost and Laurence Fishburne as Dr. Bill Foster are such layered characters that makes the narrative much more engaging. Everyone is flawed as how it should realistically be. +2
Stan Lee cameos are getting old though, pun not intended, but, c’mon, the MCU should think of more creative ways to mount this. This used to be fun to watch out for but is now becoming corny and too predictable. -2
It’s one of those franchises where the superhero ain’t really superhuman, and in this instalment, it makes us of the malfunction of Ant-Man’s suit as a device to bring provide both exciting and comic moments. +3
I just have to say that the use of CGI enhancement is at its finest especially when they were able to bring back Michelle Pfeiffer to her youthful image, which brought back memories when I used to think she was such a sex symbol. Well, she still is but if you’ve seen her as Catwoman before, you’ll get what I mean. +2
The Quantum Realm is also an idea unique to this franchise and the creation of this world brings about marvel. Even though this is fringe science, the directorial touch of making this concept believable and comprehensible to the audience, is an astonishing feat. +3
I also admire how this franchise has chosen the GP route when it comes to its humor and even in its action sequences. +2
Obviously, I really enjoyed this sequel and I believe it’s a somewhat much-needed refreshing interstitial to all these apocalyptic superhero event movies. With a total of 23 points which is quite high on my scale, I highly recommend this film for viewing with the whole fam. At it’s core, it’s a family comedy first and foremost which just also happens to offer superhero spectacle.
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