(3.5 / 5)
Marvel Studios manages to entice me back after a lackluster film time after time. I couldn’t stomach the first two Thor movies and then Thor: Ragnarok is released and blew me away. Avengers: Age of Ultron left me feeling underwhelmed, as did this year’s mega-team up that brought all the franchises together. Thankfully, Ant-Man and the Wasp restored my faith in the mega-successful Marvel universe.
Following the wild ride Scott Lang experienced in Captain America: Civil War, Scott has been forced into house arrest. His communication with original Ant-Man Hank Pym and his daughter Hope has been cut off with the threat of jailtime if he reaches out. When a new threat starts attempting to locate Hank’s lab, Scott must find a way to help save the day without getting caught by his parole officer.
The first Ant-Man was a blast. Fresh, funny, and more grounded than characters than some of the more elaborate tales in the shared universe. Paul Rudd keeps the story fun and exciting as the plot injects humor into what could have been a straightforward paint-by-numbers sequel. All of the best elements (and cast) return for a film that builds on its mythology while fleshing out more of the backstory on Hank and Hope. Of all the movies seen in theaters this year, this was easily one of the most complete. I laughed, I got excited, I felt the pain the characters shared. It pulled me in.
Exciting action sequences mixed with great humor and a villain with human qualities, Ant-Man and the Wasp is the type of sequel we need in a summer of lackluster and forgettable follow-ups. It ties into Infinity War but stays enough in its own corner to avoid needing much information going in. Marvel adds one to the win column again. 3.5 out of 5 stars