If you are still reeling from the ending of Avengers: Infinity War (which has been somewhat tainted considering all the news of future films starring everyone who supposedly died) then you are probably in need of a fun cheesy superhero film and Ant-Man 2 comes just in time. The first Ant-Man movie was basically a fun blow off film following a major angle in the Avengers saga and Ant-Man and the Wasp is pretty much the same thing. In what seems to be the curtain call for the Marvel Cinematic Universe as we know it, Disney gives us a sequel (and a de facto prequel to Infinity War) that hopes to revive the charm and humor of the 2015 original and they have done that.
Ant-Man and The Wasp takes place two years after the events of Captain America: Civil War and immediately before Avengers: Infinity War. Scott Lang (Paul Rudd) has been under house arrest for two years and he is just three days away from being released. However, after receiving a message from Janet van Dyne (Michelle Pfeiffer) the wife of Hank Pym (Michael Douglas) who had been lost in the quantum realm for 20 years, Scott has to risk everything to reunite his love interest, Hope van Dyne (Evangeline Lilly) with her long-lost mother while staying under the radar of the FBI and a new villain who knows the quantum realm better than he does.
It’s pretty obvious that this film is supposed to be a light-hearted upbeat comedy that brings up the spirits of the audiences and Ant-Man and The Wasp delivers exactly that. The charismatic trio of Rudd, Lilly, and Douglas enhance a humorous script that has a lot of great dialogue, which is a feat in itself seeing that the film has 5 writers. The film doubles down on all the elements of the original that audiences liked and honestly this is better than the first. Given that they didn’t have to deal with a director leaving the project halfway through, they still manage to keep the feel of Ant Man intact even if Edgar Wright was the heart and soul of it.
This film is undeniably fun, but that is also the problem. While you are laughing at the gags, you soon realize that there are no stakes in this movie. Ant Man and The Wasp has no impact on the overall MCU storyline at all; not only that, there is no villain. The character of Ghost, which is played by Hannah John-Kamen, is more of a desperate character and not a character driven by villainous intentions. She is portrayed as a character you are supposed to sympathize with and because of that, there is no tension. For a superhero movie, there isn’t much of a grand scale as the conflict is pretty generic and the fate of the world is not at stake. There is also the problem of too many minor characters, simply put, there are people from the first movie that didn’t need to return to this one.
Ant Man and The Wasp is fun popcorn flick with not much meat to it, If you are looking for a good time, you will get what you paid for but don’t look for much else.