Scott Lang dodges the FBI in order to help Hope and Dr. Pym
mount a journey to the Quantum Realm to rescue the original Wasp.
Ant-Man and the Wasp (2018)
Directed by Peyton Reed
Written by Chris McKenna, Erik Sommers,
Paul Rudd, Andrew Barrer, Gabriel Ferrari
Starring Paul Rudd, Evangeline Lilly, Michael Douglas, Michael Peña, Walton Goggins, Hannah John-Kamen, Laurence Fishburne, Michelle Pfeiffer, Randall Park, David Dastmalchian,
T.I., Judy Greer, Bobby Cannavale, Abby Ryder Fortson
Sequel to 2015's Ant-Man and 2016's Captain America: Civil War
Based on characters from Marvel Comics
After the brutal gut-punch ending of Avengers: Infinity War, Marvel fans were in dire need of a palate cleanser. Ant-Man and the Wasp was definitely the sorbet that lightened up fans' hearts and delivered another great entry in the monstrous Marvel Cinematic Universe. It was just as funny as the first one, if not more so, and did a great job building on the rapport between Scott Lang (Paul Rudd), Hope (Evangeline Lilly), and Dr. Hank Pym (Michael Douglas). Characters that were sort of sidelined in the first film got their chance to shine, with Michael Peña's fan-favorite Luis standing out.
After getting caught violating the Sokovia Accords in Civil War, Scott Lang is put on house arrest and alienated by Hope and Dr. Pym. Only when he receives a vision of Janet Van Dyne (Michelle Pfeiffer) in the Quantum Realm does he don the costume of Ant-Man once more and help his friends mount an expedition into the Realm itself to rescue her. It was a great premise for a sequel that promised further exploration of the most intriguing aspect of the MCU to date, the Quantum Realm, where time and space do not exist. Unfortunately, we only catch a fleeting glimpse of the Quantum Realm, as well as barely any scenes with Michelle Pfeiffer playing the original Wasp. The main focus is on the character of Ghost (Hannah John-Kamen), the film's villain who's admittedly kind of bland compared to recent villains like Hela, Killmonger, and Thanos.
Despite some minor flaws, Ant-Man and the Wasp is a solid follow-up to the MCU movie that everyone thought was doomed to fail from the start. With a post-credits sting that promises amazing things for Ant-Man in Avengers 4, it's remarkable that the character has become such a staple in the MCU. But I guess that's just how Marvel rolls these days. After three big wins in 2018 and next year looking to be even bigger, Marvel has pretty much perfected the art of blockbuster movie-making.