How can Janet be alive down there after all this time? How could Hank and Hope possibly find her? This movie is brimming with pseudo-scientific mumbo jumbo about things like entanglement and quantum tunnels. It gets a little exhausting, but the movie is self aware about its own ridiculousness; at one point, Scott asks Hank and his colleague Bill Foster (Laurence Fishburne) whether they just stick the word quantum in front of everything to make it sound more scientific. Good question, Scott!
Theres a recurring source of tension inAnt-Man and the Waspthanks to Scott Langs sentence of two years under house arrest for his actions inCaptain America: Civil War. No matter how many zany adventures Paul Rudds character has in this sequel, he has to periodically race back to his San Francisco apartment and re-don his ankle bracelet whenever hapless FBI agent Jimmy Woo (the funny Randall Park) decides to check in on him. Its a fun bit, and it harks back to an earlier age in the MCU, when a Marvel heros biggest concern could be staying out of trouble with the law.
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Like the originalAnt-Man, Ant-Man and the Waspis primarily a palette cleanser in the MCU as a whole (the first movie was sandwiched in between the dense Age of Ultron and the dour Civil War).Ant-Man and the Waspis hilarious, fun, silly, self aware, and creative. Filled with pseudo-science gobbledigook, crazy action, and multiple villains all vying for screen time, its one of the most comic-booky MCU movies yet. The fates of all our favorite heroes after Avengers: Infinity War may still be up in the air, but in the meantime,Ant-Man and the Waspis a welcome distraction.
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Theres an added dash of humor from the fact that Scotts suit for much of the movie is malfunctioning, leaving him unable to control when he changes size. That leads to an especially funny sequence where Scott is running around his daughters middle school at about 3 feet tall, trying to remain undetected. Cassie herself is still played by the ridiculously charismatic Abby Ryder Fortson, who gives Paul Rudd tit-for-tat in every scene theyre in together.
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Like the firstAnt-Man, this movie has great fight choreography that sees both heroes frequently changing from normal to small to massive and back again in creative ways. Some of the most fun sequences are car chases where one or more vehicles are constantly shrinking down to Hot Wheels size and back to normal, throwing off pursuers and causing general zany chaos.
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The firstAnt-Manintroduced Scott Lang (Rudd) along with Hank Pym (Michael Douglas) and his daughter Hope van Dyne (Evangeline Lilly).Ant-Man and the Waspdirectly picks up their story following Scotts involvement inCivil War: Scotts two years of house arrest are almost up, but Hope drags him back into a life of illegal heroism in a plot to save her mother, Michelle Pfeiffers Janet van Dyne, from the quantum realm in which shes been stranded for 30 years.
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Weve yet to see what a post-Infinity Warworld looks like in the Marvel Cinematic Universe. Regardless of how it eventually gets undone, what effect will Thanoss finger snap have in the short term? How will the tone shift in Avengers 4? Those questions are irrelevant inAnt-Man and the Wasp, which quickly places itself before the events ofInfinity War. That may be a knock against it for those hoping for some answers, but this movies tone is much lighter as a result, perfectly in line with the originalAnt-Mans.
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Ant-Man and the Waspintroduces a couple of new villains in the forms of Hannah John-Kamens Ghost, who stalks the heroes in hopes of stealing their secret lab, and Walton Goggins Sonny Burch, a black market merchant who decides he wants the quantum tech for himself. Goggins is his typical hilariously sleazy self, while John-Kamens more overtly dramatic performance fits her character.
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But most important is the Wasp herself, Evangeline Lillys Hope van Dyne, who completely owns this movie. Hope proves–unsurprisingly–to be a much more capable Ant-Man than Ant-Man himself, with confidence and skill that are thrilling to watch. It makes the entire plot of the first movie–that Hank had to enlist the deadbeat Scott in the first place instead of just trusting his daughter to do the job–seem even more ludicrous in retrospect. Hopefully Lilly decides to stick around the MCU for a while, as her presence would be much appreciated in future installments.
Michael Peñas Luis returns with a vengeance too, with his voice-overed montage gag from the first–in which he tells a story while the characters hes describing act it out–is funnier than ever. This time around he gets injected with a sort of truth serum, causing his rapid fire rambling to span topics ranging from Scotts psychiatric health to his familys love of Morrissey. Hes more actively involved in the story, as well, which is pure wish fulfillment for viewers who loved his character in the first movie.