Is this the quickest turnaround for a Marvel movie? We’re still mentally recovering from the end of Infinity War and now we’re back in the MCU with Ant-Man and the Wasp. To be fair though, these stories are meant to be happening in parallel, so it does make sense to keep them close together.
Picking up where we last saw Scott Lang, at the end of Civil War. As a result of the events of that film, he’s been put on house arrest. Fast forward to the end of his sentence and he seems to have been contacted from the original Wasp in the quantum realm. He reteams with the new Wasp and old Ant-Man to try and rescue her. Meanwhile, there’s a phasing baddie out there trying to get their hands on the same technology.
That paragraph didn’t make much sense, but does it really matter what this movie is about? It’s the MCU. You’re gonna go no matter what.
For me, I feel like the biggest criticism of this film is actually it’s greatest strength. It’s light and fun and has relatively small stakes. I find that to be a refreshing change after the doom and gloom of Infinity War. Not every super hero movie has to be end-of-the-world stakes. This felt more like a return to the roots of smaller baddies for smaller supers. I dug it. It was a lot of fun and a reminder of why we got into these movies to begin with.
One of the biggest strengths of the MCU has always been the casting, and that was so apparent here. Paul Rudd, Michael Douglas, Evangeline Lilly, Michelle Pfeiffer, Michael Pena, all absolute perfection. Srsly, Douglas is way too good of an actor to be in a film like this, and it elevated the movie to a whole ‘nother level.
By now we all know to stick around thru the post credits, but if you wanna see how this puzzle piece fits into the greater picture, make sure you don’t miss that first post-credits scene.
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