I don’t know about you, but I am still recovering from the Avengers: Infinity War‘s haunting finale. I am sure many fans of the Marvel Cinematic Universe still feel emotionally destroyed and might need something much lighter.
Enter Ant-Man and the Wasp.
Ant-Man and the Wasp follows the aftermath of Captain America: Civil War, where Scott Lang (Paul Rudd) is struggling with the balance of being both Ant-Man and a father. However, he is pulled into a new mission, where he must once again put on the famous shrinking suit and team up with a new partner, the Wasp (Evangeline Lilly), as they work together against a new enemy while trying to reconnect with a figure from their past.
Is the film fun? Definitely. But is it a great film? No.
Ant-Man and the Wasp is breezy and predictable, with tons of laughs thanks to Paul Rudd’s effortless charisma and humor. It is lighter fare, ideal for a summer crowd just looking to kick back and have fun.
To be frank, it is challenging to transition from such an outstanding staple of storytelling such Black Panther to something like Ant-Man and the Wasp. I understand they are completely different films with completely different messages and goals. However, after a year or two of being consistently blown away by impressive Marvel films, I feel a bit disappointed.
But on a more positive note, tell Ant-Man to step aside — the Wasp is the real star of the film. She’s intelligent, witty and insanely badass. In the future, I hope we see more of this character (maybe in that all female-Avengers film I’ve been dreaming about).
I will also state that Ant-Man and the Wasp has one of the best cliffhanger mid-credit scenes to date, which will definitely make you say, “oh snap.” Pun intended.
Final Thoughts: Ant-Man and the Wasp is breezy, summer fun but not nearly as masterful or memorable as the original…or any of Marvel’s recent films.