Review of Ant-Man and the Wasp

Marvel’s Ant-Man and the Wasp keeps the same style of comedy that most fell in love with but exchanges the Ocean’s 11 feel with a more action orientated style. This film takes place two years after the events of Civil War and Scott Lang is dealing with the consequences of following Captain America. Scott is on house arrest and his every move is being monitored by the FBI. He hasn’t been in contact with Hank or Hope Pym for almost two years until they recruit Scott for one last mission. Scott is reluctant because he has a daughter and a startup business that he puts before everything else but eventually accepts.

Scott isn’t the only one who has a superpowered suit this time. Hope has a more advanced one with wings and blasters also known as the Wasp. Hope has been training more than Scott so she seems much more adept than Scott. Hank is still the same arrogant yet brilliant guy from the previous title. We get more backstory on the mission where Janet sacrificed herself to the quantum realm and the type of person Hank was before leaving Shield. The main antagonist is Ghost, who is a product of Hank’s pride and arrogance. I don’t even think its proper to call her the villain of the movie. She is just someone who has been used her entire life. She is just scared and trying to survive. If I had to pick a main villain, it would be Hank. Hank is the main villain similar to Tony Stark in Ironman 2 or Avengers 2. He is his own worst enemy and is now paying for it later in his life. Sure he developed into a better person but it doesn’t erase his past sins.

The production is top tier like other Marvel titles. The motion picture soundtrack is surprisingly memorable. Paul Rudd is is the ideal actor for Scott. He is hilarious but can still deliver touching scenes. Evangeline Lilly does a great job having a much more active role in this film and her chemistry with Rudd doesn’t feel forced. Hannah John-Kamen plays ghost but not as a stereotypical super villain but as someone who is hurt and scared, and the only way she knows how to deal with those things is through violence. T.I, Michael Pena, and David Dastmalchian all return as Scott’s criminal friends turned small business owners and are still hilarious.

Even though the Marvel universe is going through a really dark time this movie is a fun comedy that highlights the actions of your past are still able to catch up to you. My biggest complaint about this film is there is a critical point in the movie where Scott must choose between his normal life and his super hero life. When he makes his choice, he is almost treated wrongly by the other side which is hypocritical of them to do so. Even with that slight fallback its one of my favorite Marvel titles that I can actually rewatch. The infamous post credit scene is there to remind us everything isn’t nice in the Marvel universe right now. I would highly recommend it if you haven’t seen it already. I know some people think this is the filler Marvel movie, but I know some concepts in the movie are going to be directly linked to the next Avengers movie.

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