Until we get another ‘Guardians Of The Galaxy’, this is Marvel’s best chance to smile, let loose and party.
‘Ant-Man and the Wasp’ might not be the biggest or flashiest film in the superhero universe, but darn it, this flick is one good time. It’s peppy and playful enough to appeal to a mass audience – not just those trying desperately to dissect each in-and-out thread involving anything to do with infinity stones – yet, this series is definitely a valuable member of the Marvel family, a point that’s driven home with the jaw-dropping sequence at the conclusion of the movie, when…..
Whup, caught myself there. Can’t be revealing the deets. No spoilers, not today.
So – what CAN I tell you? Well, ‘Ant-Man and the Wasp’ is a heck of a decent follow-up to 2015’s ‘Ant-Man’, the movie that introduced us to Scott Lang (Paul Rudd) and his size-swapping suit. Catching up with our hero after his involvement in ‘Captain America: Civil War’, a moonlighting gig that left him on house arrest (which answers the question why the tiny titan wasn’t in the last chapter of the ‘Avengers’), we learn that the stunt also left him on the out’s with Hank Pym (Michael Douglas), the scientist who his invented his Ant-Man suit, and Pym’s daughter, Hope (Evangeline Lilly), who has since stepped into her mother’s suit as the Wasp.
Hank and Hope, determined to save Hope’s aforementioned Mom (Michelle Pfeiffer) from quantum plane purgatory – where she’s been lost for a few decades – feel that Scott is their only link to a rescue mission, meaning the beef must be temporarily buried. They’ll also have to sidestep FBI caseworker Randall Park, a hilarious sourpuss, who tends to pop in to Scott’s pad for random house searches. There’s also a shady black market tech dealer (Walter Goggins) who shows up for random shoot-outs and car chases. Oh, and to seemingly add colorful ‘comic book’ flavour to a comic book FILM, we’re introduced to a hooded figure aptly named ‘Ghost’ (Hannah John-Kamen), an antagonist who can walk through walls and slug it out with the best of ’em, involved in a race against Pym and company to be the first to journey to the subatomic realm.
Too much science? Not really. When ‘Ant-Man and the Wasp’ is in full launch, the scientific jibber-jabber all makes perfect sense and never, at ANY time, cuts the knees off the imaginative action or, perhaps even MORE importantly, suffocates Rudd’s comic chops. The headliner, with his trademark smirk-n’-charm, continues to drop one-liners right up until the final frames of the sequel, a moment that features quite possibly the most surprising post-credits bonus in the history of Marvel films, as Ant-Man is..
Shoot, see that? Almost did it again. Gotta see it for yourself, crew.