Marvel's Tiniest Movie Packs A Big Punch
Marvel Comics first introduced the character of Ant-Man in 1962 with the publication of Tales to Astonish #27. By the end of the film, Scott hasn't grown all that much — it is only three days after all, but it does reset things and put him in a better place to continue on as the superhero Ant-Man in some form or another. Ant-Man and the Wasp is perhaps not as laugh-out-loud funny as its predecessor, but it still has plenty of laughs (mainly thanks to Pena) and a lot of fun playing around with Ant-Man's size.
A brisk bit of catch-up exposition reveals that, since assisting Steve Rogers in Munich, Hope and Hank ditched Scott, not least because his actions drew them heat via the Sokovia Accords — making them an off-the-grid, father-and-daughter renegade outfit.
This time around Scott mostly plays sidekick to Hope, and their dynamic is one of the best parts of the film. The movie does a good enough job as a stand-alone film, due in large part to Paul Rudd's charm, however it is rather lackluster when compared to an event movie like Infinity War or any other Marvel film for that matter.
She's able to exude charm, confidence, vulnerability, and emotion, making for an incredibly well-rounded and likable character that I cannot wait to see more of in 2019's Avengers: Infinity War follow-up. It's been two years since Scott Lang (Rudd) joined Team Cap for a battle royale on a German airport, and the everyman hero is just about to finish off 24 months of house arrest.
The 20th film in the Marvel Cinematic Universe, the kicky new offering is a lesser, and skippable, entry, not as cleanly engineered as 2015's superb Ant-Man but a notch better than Thor: Ragnarok. Fans of the MCU as well as the first Ant-Man movie should definitely add Ant-Man and the Wasp to their list.
Unlike so many other films about masked do-gooders, and more than a handful of 2018's would-be blockbusters, Ant-Man and the Wasp is still built from an assembly line that understands story structure and character motivation better than most frazzled conference room strategy sessions in Tinseltown.
The goal of Hank and Hope is simply to rescue Janet Van Dyne from the quantum realm. Stick around after the movie ends: Ant-Man and the Wasp has mid- and post-credits scenes. Ant-Man and the Wasp picks up a few years after the events of Captain America: Civil War when Scott Ant-Man and the Wasp Review Lang aided Team Cap during their Civil War against Team Iron Man at an airport in Germany.
The family factor was brought up a number of times, with Hope and Hank missing Hope's mother Janet Van Dyne, with Scott wanting to be with his daughter, and even a rather tragic backstory for the new villain Ghost. It's still a minor entry in the Marvel pantheon compared to standouts like Thor: Ragnarok , which went further in upending Marvel's established superhero-movie template, playing with tone and puncturing the characters' self-importance.
These films are ostensibly about sacrificing for family as well, and finding one's tribe,” but Pym and Hope never really grow. Marvel's first blockbuster superhero rom-com has just hit cinemas, and it features romance and comedy between an ant and a wasp. Taking place nearly two years after the events of Civil War , where Scott's actions helping Captain America in Germany has him on the wrong side of the law once again, but this time he's on house arrest (instead of behind bars).
The film attempts to add some drama with Scott's company working towards becoming financially viable while being run by the hilarious Luis (Michael Peña), who also happens to be not very good at his job. A series of photos posted on featured Lilly in the same Wasp suit seen in the previous photo, and offered the first look at the helmet she'll wear as the size-changing superhero.
Hank Pym (Michael Douglas) and his daughter Hope Van Dyne (Evangeline Lilly) are experimenting with trying to bring Hank's wife and Hope's mother Janet (Michelle Pfeiffer) back into reality after being lost in the "quantum realm." Scott reluctantly agrees to help, knowing that if he is caught, he could go back to jail for a long time.