Ant-Man and the Wasp
Directed By: Peyton Reed
Starring: Paul Rudd, Evangeline Lilly, Michael Douglas, Michelle Pfeiffer, Michael Peña, Tip “T.I.” Harris, Bobby Cannavale, Judy Greer, Hannah John-Kamen, Laurence Fishburne, Walton Goggins, David Dastmalchian, Randall Park, Abby Ryder Fortson, et. al.
Several days before his two-year house arrest resulting from his participating in Captain America’s fight against Iron Man, Scott Lang is ready to start living his post-superhero life. However, when he suddenly has a memory of his time in the Quantum Realm, he reaches out to Hope and Hank, from whom he’s been estranged during those two years, and quickly finds himself sucked back into a quest to find Hope’s mother, who’s been lost in the Quantum Realm for nearly 30 years. However, shortly after they begin their rescue mission, they find that they’re being pursued by a mysterious figure that can seemingly phase in and out of the Quantum Realm at will, as well as a shady businessman who wants to sell Pym technology to the highest bidder, and the FBI, who are determined to send them all to jail for violating the Sokovia Accords.
This movie was the first one the MCU released after Infinity War, and there was a lot of speculation about how it would address the end of that movie. For the most part, there’s no mention of the events that took place in Infinity War. Scott is in his own world as he awaits the removal of his ankle monitor, and once the action starts, no one really takes the time to check out what’s on the news. All of the actors from the first movie, save for the villain, returns for this installment, and the new characters fit in just fine. Despite the daunting task of coming up with compelling storyline in the wake of Infinity War, they managed to find something that works and adds to the overall universe as well.
The effects are all well done, as is typical with Marvel movies. There are no explosions, but there are plenty of other effects used, which all fit seamlessly into the movie, and the sequences in the Quantum Realm are beautifully done.
Marvel has managed to deliver another worthy entry into their MCU. The Ant-Man movies tend to be a little more light-hearted than some of their counterparts, but it doesn’t detract from the overall quality of the film. It also serves as a palate cleanser from the gut-wrenching Infinity War.
Ant-Man and the Wasp isn’t available free to stream anywhere at the moment, but it can be rented from Redbox or Netflix home delivery service, or purchased from a participating store or on-line retailer.
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