After the throat punch that was Avengers: Infinity War (throat punch in the best possible way that it can be taken of course) the first movie in the MCU since is possibly the worst follow up that could have come…… Ant-Man and the Wasp. Not only does the film not take place after the events of Infinity War but they have very little, if any, to do with the overall narrative of the MCU to this point. Hardly something that is needed after the roller coaster of emotions we went on slightly more than two months ago.
But I digress, the follow up to the surprisingly well received Ant-Man, Ant-Man and the Wasp, is slightly better than its predecessor. For me the Scott Lang character has been improperly utilized surrounded by nonsensical characters that have no business being in the films. Most of the movie I felt like Hank Pym staring at the characters wondering how the hell they survived as long as they have. And if you are wondering, I’m talking about Michael Pena’s character and his cohorts. These three characters are easily the most annoying aspect of the movies despite giving me one hardy laugh and one chuckle.
The Movie takes place roughly two years after Civil War. Scott Lang is on house arrest for breaking the Sakovia accords and helping Cap with fighting team Iron Man. Hank and Hope Pym are both in hiding since Civil War as they are wanted for, and this is where things get a little ridiculous, creating the Ant-Man suit that Scott used during the fight in Germany. Yea, you heard that right, they were not involved at all yet are wanted by the police because of science I guess? From all accounts Hope nor Hank have been involved with breaking the Sakovia accords ever yet they are highly wanted “criminals”
The Pyms have been in hiding trying to create a Quantum realm tunnel to, hopefully, extract their mother/wife and save her after she was stuck or imprisoned there 30 years prior.
That is pretty much the driving force of the film. There isn’t so much a villain in the movie either. We have three characters who could all possibly be a BIG bad yet none actually are all that bad. Walton Goggins does play one of them and while I normally enjoy his portrayal of characters (Sons of Anarchy’s Venus Van Dam the most interesting) he was very much a letdown. The “bad girl” that they have been pumping up through all the marketing, Ava aka Ghost, was quite the interesting character with a decent story arc on top of some pretty bad ass special effects.
Overall the film was enjoyable enough for one watch but not the movie we needed or deserve following Infinity War. There is 1 mid-credit scene and 1 post-credit scene. The mid-credit scene is necessary while the post is legitimately the dumbest post-credit scene we have had yet in the MCU.
Most likely many of you will enjoy the movie more than I did, that’s to be expected, but once you go Infinity War, it’s tough to ever go back.
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