Marvel Studios has delivered another amazing film with Ant-Man And The Wasp. In its first weekend alone the movie has made $161 million worldwide and $76 million domestically. Some would say that isn’t a great number but this is the 9th first place Marvel Studios has seen. So I will be the first to say this movie will have legs with moviegoers for the next month. Please note I will write spoilers below. You’ve been warned.
The story goes that in the aftermath of Captain America: Civil War, Scott Lang (Paul Rudd) grapples with the consequences of his choices. He struggles to re-balance his home life with his responsibilities as Ant-Man, he’s confronted once again by Hope van Dyne (Evangeline Lilly) and Dr. Hank Pym (Michael Douglas) with an urgent mission they need his help with. Scott again puts on the suit to fight alongside The Wasp as the team works together to uncover secrets from their past to save Dr.Pym’s wife Janet Van Dyne (Michelle Pfeiffer) the original Wasp.
What I Liked About It;
After the crazy that was Avengers: Infinity War, MCU fans and moviegoers alike need a movie to cleanse the palette from the intensity of Thanos. So it was nice to see that Director Peyton Reed, who directed the first Ant-Man, was able to deliver with Ant-Man And The Wasp.
Right off the back the movie explains what happen with both the original story and what happen in the first movie. But Reed did it in such a way that it flowed quickly and to the point that it fits right into the movie. So if you haven’t seen the original Ant-Man or any of the Marvel movies you could catch on to what was happening pretty quick.
Once again actor Paul Rudd plays Scott Lang/Ant-Man with a lovable personality that you just want to always root for the character. If you really break it down he’s just a normal guy trying to fix his past mistakes and is thrown into a world that is much larger than him. Really both Scott Lang and Ant-Man are the same person when it comes to the personalities and what I mean is that he’s not a Captain America type or have an Iron Man ego. He’s just a guy, who has empathy and witty humor who want’s to do right by his daughter and the ones he loves. Who just happens to be a superhero. Rudd’s portrayal of that is flawless in every scene.
Also in the movie is both Michael Douglas and Michelle Pfeiffer who play the original Ant-Man and Wasp. These seasoned actors bring their A games to their respective roles. While Pfeiffer is not in the whole movie, her scenes are very memorable. It’s been a while since moviegoers have seen Pfeiffer in a superhero movie. The last one we saw her in was Batman Returns in 1992.
The breakout star of the movie is Hannah John-Kamen who plays villain/anti-hero Ghost. Best known for role in the SyFy tv show Killjoys and her supporting role in Ready Player One. This movie is going to put her on Hollywood’s radar. Marvel has a huge opportunity with her in that role as Ghost can go in so many directions by the end of the movie, superhero or villain, time will tell. Personally, I am happy they gender-swapped the character as the original was a male and his overall story arc was pretty corny. So kudos to Marvel for doing it right by the character.
As far as the supporting cast, once again Michael Pena, T.I., and David Dastmalchian bring brilliant their humor helps round out the movie. While the roles are somewhat small they are important and needed. They are like the sprinkles to a birthday cake. They just make it that much better. Also in the supporting cast was Laurence Fishburne who plays Dr. Bill Foster who at one time worked at S.H.I.E.L.D. and worked on important projects that have affected the MCU apparently. I will be interested to see if he pop back up in the MCU in some other movie.
For me, Evangeline Lilly absolutely steals the movie as The Wasp. Her ability to personify a strong female lead was refreshing. Everything from compassion to all out kicking ass and taking names, it’s almost a shame that Marvel didn’t introduce her in Captain America: Civil War. Marvel was very smart in knowing what they have with Lilly as she basically a co-lead of this film. Because as much as Paul Rudd is technically the lead, she really does show her ability to steal a scene throughout the entire movie. Plus she did more of her own stunts than Rudd. I look forward to her interacting with the rest of the heroes in the next untitled Avengers movies next year.
What I think Didn’t Work;
Hands down this movie made it into my top five favorite Marvel movies of all time. It’s full of great acting from brilliant actors, amazing action scenes, and a story that sets the standard for a fun summer movie. Definitely check this movie out in theaters if you get the chance.
Check out the trailer below.