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Ant-Man and the Wasp (2018)

Scott Lang (Paul Rudd), after the events of Captain America: Civil War is under house arrest, with just a few days left to go. He is forbidden to see Hope Van Dyne (Evangeline Lilly) and Hank Pym (Michael Douglass), as they are wanted by the FBI, and he has done well following orders. However, just as his sentence is coming to a close he gets roped into a plot to save Hope’s long lost mother, Janet Van Dyne (Michelle Pfeiffer). As the plan to save Janet plays out, a series of bad guys, including Ava (Hannah John-Kamen) and Sonny Burch (Walton Goggins), get in the way, making life very difficult for the superheroes Ant-Man and the Wasp.

Hot on the heels of the incredible success of Avengers: Infinity War this installment in the Marvel Cinematic Universe (MCU) attempts to keep things flowing and continue to entertain the ramped up viewers. Ant-Man and the Wasp dials things back and attempts to bring things back to a place where most MCU films exist, still full of energy and excitement, but on a smaller scale than the Avengers films. It’s important that, as a viewer, you understand that Ant-Man and the Wasp will not compare to its predecessor and should be viewed as an entirely separate entity. As simply a sequel to Ant-Man, this film is wonderfully done and truly impressive.

Paul Rudd possesses what seems like an endless energy that refuses to relent; in addition to that there is a quality present that makes him so incredibly likable. He is fun, funny, and relatable, making not only his character, and the characters around him entertaining, but Ant-Man and the Wasp as a whole. While this film series relies heavily on comedy, Rudd is the primary reason that the humor is successful. He presents everything in an effortless fashion and makes everyone around him better; he allows them the opportunity to feed off of his perpetual energy and find impeccable success throughout the course of the film. Rudd and Lilly possess a chemistry that is comparable to any other duo in the MCU, making the journey through Ant-Man and the Wasp an intentionally rocky, but truly enjoyable one.

A lot goes into the special effects of the MCU, but the ability to present the world with a superhero that constantly shrinks down to the size of an ant and then grows to the size of a building is a tremendous feat. These transitions occur flawlessly, making them almost seem real and drawing viewers further into this reality. Ant-Man and the Wasp sees both Scott Lang and Hope Van Dyne reducing and increasing in size throughout the course of this story far more often than had been seen in the past. Without the true perfection of these scenes the characters, action sequences, story, and film would fail on a number of levels.

Given the fact that Ant-Man and the Wasp directly follows the MCU’s epic Avengers: Infinity War it’s obvious that some viewers will be disappointed with this product. The reality is, however, that Ant-Man and the Wasp needs to be viewed simply as the follow up to Ant-Man. Yes, it plays wonderfully into the grand scheme of the MCU, but it’s intentionally done on a smaller scale as not to water down any prior content, and it serves its purpose wonderfully. It feeds beautifully into Avengers: Endgame, introduces new, important characters, and strengthens the reality that Paul Rudd is one of the most talented and intriguing individuals in Hollywood.

Directed by Peyton Reed.

Written by Chris McKenna, Erik Sommers, Paul Rudd, Andrew Barrer, Gabriel Ferrari, Stan Lee, Larry Lieber, & Jack Kirby.

Starring Paul Rudd, Evangeline Lilly, Michael Peña, Walton Goggins, Bobby Cannavale, Judy Greer, T.I., David Dastmalchian, Hannah John-Kamen, Abby Ryder Fortson, Randall Park, Michelle Pfeiffer, Laurence Fishburne, Michael Douglass, Divian Ladwa, etc.




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