The small gets tinier and the big gets LARGER when more is at stake! Scott Rudd and company return once again for another action-caper-comedy full of high tech hi-jinks and plenty of laughs! Surprisingly, at it’s core, Ant-Man and Wasp delivers enough heart with a story more about family and redemption along with the heroics. Speaking of heroics, Evangeline Lilly as The Wasp kicks so much ASS! 😀 A perfect summer popcorn movie for all ages to enjoy!
Pym Particles technology may be the coolest thing in the Marvel Universe! Well, maybe next to Stark Tech – but whatevs! The special effects are abundant and once again Marvel Comics wins the box office! We said years ago that Marvel Studio’s superb story-telling turns D-list, 3rd-string characters and virtual unknowns into household names and box office gold! Ant-Man is a much needed break from all the hardcore Marvel madness of the past few years.
This is where Marvel excels. In between Ga-zillion dollar epics $$$, Marvel Studios continue to slide in mid-level gems (Doctor Strange, Ant-Man). Every movie doesn’t need to be a home-run, leaving room for character development from lesser known heroes. And with Marvel’s 4,000+ character vault we’ve only begun to scratch the surface!
We’ve had the heroes battle each other. We’ve seen half the universe destroyed by a madman. We were introduced to the hidden kingdom of Wakanda. Ant-Man/Wasp is like a cool dip in the pool during blazing summer heat. Sometimes you just want to relax and enjoy the scenery. And that is exactly what this movie does on every level!
For those who aren’t aware of Ant-Man’s anthology – the ORIGINAL Ant-Man and Wasp (Hank and Janet Pym) are founding members of The Avengers! (yup)
Their place is solidified in comic book lore. Hank Pym (played by Michael Douglas) is the creator of ‘Pym particles’ – the science behind size manipulation (shrinking AND growing). He, along with his wife (played by….oh, you will see 😉 ) are the original Ant-Man/Wasp team.
The Pym suit was eventually passed on to master thief Scott Lang -Rudd’s character in the movie – so this all lines up perfectly. Part two is more dazzling special effects with creative use of science fiction and technology.
The movie picks up after the events of Captain America: Civil War; Scott Lang is under house arrest by the FBI for his part in the airport fight (hero versus hero…Giant Man …what fun!) and is mere days away from his freedom. At the same time Hank Pym and Hope van Dyne (Evangeline Lilly) work on rescuing Janet Pym from the Quantum Universe.
Turns out that Hope has been fully trained as The Wasp- complete with wings AND stingers! – and damn, does she kick SO MUCH ASS in that suit!:D
😀 – Of course, Scott gets sucked back into the fray, being he was the only one to visit the sub-atomic universe and live to tell about it! (the hilariously fun Ant-Man movie). Going along for the ride are Scott’s crew of former prison misfits – Michael Pena, scene stealing once again as the hilarious Luis, and rapper T.I. who holds his own in a superhero movie.
Throw in a over-zealous FBI agent, a black market criminal trying to steal the Pym technology, and a literal ghost from Hank Pym’s past – and what you get is more of what made the original such a fun movie! In the midst of all the non-stop action is a nice Father/Daughter moment. Scott working hard to do the right thing by his young daughter, who sees her reformed criminal dad as a true hero (awwww!).
Fans of Marvel Comics and summer movies should definitely see this! Light on the drama and heavy on the fun, Ant-Man and The Wasp adds more depth and SIZE to the MCU. Also, it ties into the current Marvel story line. As always, stay after the credits. 😉
(out of 5)