July 07, 2018

Ant-Man and The Wasp is in theaters on July 6th, 2018.

Ant-Man and the Wasp is the 20 th MCU film, and somehow still surprised me, but in the best way possible. The original Ant-Man film that released in 2015, although new to us in terms of character, was a very paint by the numbers Marvel origin story film. When I say that I look at films like Iron-Man, The Incredible Hulk, Doctor Strange, and others who fight an evil version of themselves in their origin story films. Ant-Man and the Wasp however, has a new villain and story to follow that gives you the feeling of high stakes, while being a fun, hilarious and character driven ride.

Paul Rudd as Scott Lang is once again great. I’ve never had a complaint of him before and his performance is fantastic here as expected. Evangeline Lilly plays Hope van Dyne AKA the Wasp. Although this is Wasp’s introduction into the MCU, Hope is an established fighter and all- around badass. This brings a great dynamic into the mix of having a comedic character like Lang, teaming with a badass warrior woman that is really the brute force of the attack.

The story and plot of Ant-Man and the Wasp is completely driven by developing characters. This review contains no spoilers, but I particularly love when villains have a reason for what they are doing. When the villain is somewhat justified, it gives you a sense of understanding, and also a sense of unpredictability, because the audience also relates to the villain, leaving the possibility for the heroes to still fail. Ghost, played by Hannah John-Kamen was intimidating, justified, and a badass with her powers.

Michael Douglas is back as Hank Pym. I love seeing these giant Hollywood actors in superhero roles and believe that they are taking the role completely serious. Douglas has a surprising amount of screen time in the film and I never felt like he was phoning in the performance or just having fun. This character is on a mission and he is dedicated to see it through.

Overall, I absolutely loved Ant-Man and the Wasp. It is a complete tone shift from Avengers: Infinity War, while keeping the stakes high but making sure you have fun in the theater. This film is perfect for the entire family and I can see kids of all ages and genders being obsessed with the Wasp as they leave the theater. Also, the first after credit scene is MASSIVE, while the second is honestly not worth staying for. Feel free to keep that in mind while you see the film, because it is definitely worth your time!

Rating: 4.5 out of 5

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