This year Marvel completed its 10 years with Avengers: Infinity War which was the greatest crossover event in cinematic history. The movie itself ended in a massive cliff-hanger and a lot of questions. One of them being – Where was Ant-Man when his help was needed the most? Ant-Man and the Wasp answers most of the questions while managing to keep fans on the edge as always. So, without any delay let’s dive into the review of the sequel of Ant-Man and see what Kevin Feige actually had in his Pandora’s Box for this movie and how much was it delivered.
To start off, it’s safe to go on and read the review further, this won’t spoil your pilgrimage to your nearest cinema house to see the movie.
Assuming you saw the trailer for the Ant-Man and the Wasp, we know that Scott Lang after donning his alter ego as a superhero known as Ant-Man was recruited in the Captain America’s team in Civil War. While the Captain got away with the rest of the team, Ant-Man was left behind being house arrested. The story continues from the point after Scott made out of the Quantum Realm in his first movie. In his first movie, Scott fighting his adversary Yellow Jacket went sub-atomic when Yellow Jacket attacked his daughter Cassie. As he went sub-atomic, he enters into Quantum Realm and we got to see a glimpse of the realm and what it looks like – Flashing lights to complete darkness. Then Scott hears his daughter’s voice and uses some of his tech rings on himself to grow and get out of Quantum Realm. But Quantum Realm did leave a scar on his mind and when he manages to crawl out of it somehow, he doesn’t remember anything from the short time he spent in the Quantum Realm. Later, Hank Pym gets to ponder on the fact that maybe his wife and Hope’s mom – The Original Wasp aka Janet Van Dyne is still alive and out there in the Quantum Realm.
Ant-Man and the Wasp begins from where the Ant-Man left off and further takes us into this mysterious Realm. The story also introduces to us the villain of this movie – The Ghost. Ghost has her own background story which the viewers get acquainted in the movie itself. The movie also shows the relationship of Scott grow with Cassie as his father. Cassie after knowing her father was a hero in the first movie didn’t react much as she was terrified when Yellow Jacket attacked her. But we do get to see how Cassie reacts to it and how she takes it in the Ant-Man and the Wasp. Also, we do get to see how Scott’s relationship with Hope and Hank changes after the events of Civil War.
Talking about individual roles, Scott Lang aka The Ant-Man is played by the actor Paul Rudd and he plays the character even more perfectly than the movie’s prequel. The character of Scott was totally different from the one we have seen in the movies before this. Scott’s character is a bit serious in this sequel and Paul manages to carry out the character well. Scott’s relationship with his daughter is the main driving force for him as we have already seen in the first part. Cassie’s emotional impact plays a major role in Scott’s decisions about his life.
Hank Pym, the super brainy and the creator of Ant-Man’s suit is played by the actor Michael Douglas. Hank is a bit motivated in this movie unlike the Ant-Man, he has to re-think some of his decisions and move ahead what he already knows. Hank with his daughter Hope are on the run from FBI because they are considered allies of Scott and his actions in Civil War made Hank and Hope prime targets of FBI. Hank who has recently found hope that his wife maybe alive has to run so that he may continue his efforts and research about the Quantum Realm. In an overall review, Michael also does a good job in maintaining his character’s emotional persona while continuing to show him motivated and tough throughout the movie.
Hope Van Dyne aka The Wasp played is by the actor Evangeline Lilly. Hope is introduced as the newest superhero in this movie and her badass character is one Evangeline carries out with perfection. Like her father, Hope is motivated with the hope of her mother alive and with her father, she’s on the run too. While her character sure changed a lot from the first movie, Evangeline plays it without a hitch. We get to see what Wasp is capable of and also, what all tricks she and her father have up Wasp’s sleeves. Overall, Ant-Man couldn’t get a more befitting partner than Wasp.
The Ghost is played by the actor Hannah John-Kamen. Not much is known about the character and we also didn’t get to see much of her in the trailer and therefore we also aren’t going to spoil this mystery for you. Ghost has her own background story which we do get to see in the movie, but the story is cut short and we only get a short summary of what happened to her in the past, while it was a great movie overall, we didn’t like the part where the build-up of a main character like Ghost was just a short summary. Still, Hannah plays her part well and she also carries out the typical persona of Ghost quite well.
Bill Foster is played by the actor Lawrence Fishburne. He is also introduced in this movie and has ties with Hank from the past. Whether he was an ally of Hank or not we’ll leave because it connects the movie’s story in a major way. But there was also a lack of build-up of Bill’s character too. Still, Lawrence also plays his part well.
We also know from the cast that Michelle Pfeiffer is also in the movie as the original Wasp. Michelle carries out her character well. We’ll leave it up to you to discover more about her as you see the movie.
Other characters like Luis, Kurt and Dave, the former friends of Scott have also changed a lot from their old self from the first movie.
The story writing of the movie was of the level which would be expected by Marvel Studios. The story progresses with a steady speed with regular incursions from the past wherever necessary. Also, we get regular comedic scenes which were not too long to disrupt the pace of the movie and not too short to not to be enjoyed. The movie delivers the story with utmost delicacy while entertaining the audiences well.
The story of Ant-Man and the Wasp is a one which touches the heart, with Scott trying to be the person her daughter sees him to be. In the end the movie was a good entertainer but it has some parts which could have been improved.
While the movie is a great entertainer, Marvel may have been wrong to release the movie close to the Infinity War. Marvel pulled off a marketing move to release the movie when Infinity War is still creating hype, but it also has back-fired as the movie was overshadowed with the level of expectation of Infinity War.
A word of advice, do wait for the mid and post credit scenes 😉
Summary of the Review
To summarize it all, Ant-Man and the Wasp did a great job on the screen and is totally a must watch for all the casual fans out there. The movie does lack a bit of a portions but overall the movie is a full package of entertainment. A word of caution – Don’t go in the movie hall with the expectations of a film like Infinity War, because the stakes were too high in Infinity War and to say it bluntly, Marvel took full two Avengers movies to create the background of Infinity War and you just can’t compare it to Ant-Man and the Wasp.