The pint-sized Marvel superhero returns for this sequel and this time, he’s not alone!
Scott Lang, the former thief who became the superhero Ant-Man, is about to be done with his house arrest following the events of his actions in Berlin, Germany. Spending time with daughter Cassie and making amends with ex-wife Maggie and her husband Jim Paxton, Lang is about to be a free man again. That is, until he is summoned by Dr. Hank Pym and his daughter, Hope Van Dyne. Hope, who has been given a suit like Scott’s, has become a superheroine known as the Wasp. They are to stop Sonny Burch, a black market dealer hellbent on getting Pym’s technology.
Burch becomes the least of their problems as a mysterious “ghost” appears with the intent of taking the technology for themselves. Meanwhile, Hank has come up with a theory involving his wife Janet, the original Wasp, who disappeared into the quantum realm in 1987. Hank believes Janet is still alive and intends to find a way to enter the realm to get her back. With everything connected, will this new pairing of pint-sized heroes be able to do the virtually impossible?
After his 2015 debut and his subsequent appearance in Captain America: Civil War, Paul Rudd once again brings his comic wit to the role of former thief Scott Lang, who becomes the second Ant-Man after the original Hank Pym. This time around, he finds himself with a partner in the Wasp, reprised by Evangeline Lilly, whose Hope Van Dyne goes from arrogant to a level that pits her more comfortable with Lang, with the occasional bickering between the two. It’s the bickering that helps solidify their partnership and possible romance with the two locking eyes on occasion.
Michael Douglas makes a welcome return as Dr. Hank Pym, who also gets to enjoy making the occasional wisecrack when needed. Michael Peña, Tip “T.I.” Harris, and David Dastmalchian also bring some comic relief as Lang’s buddies. However, the two new core additions are exciting to see. Laurence Fishburne’s Bill Foster makes a welcome addition as a “frenemy” to Dr. Pym while Hannah John-Kamen is quite a surprise as the mysterious “Ghost”, who is not so much a villain despite her nefarious means to find a “cure” for her condition, in which she disappears on and off, hence her being called “Ghost”. Michelle Pfeiffer makes a welcome addition as Janet Van Dyne, the original Wasp, who appears in the film’s opening sequence that brings back the event of her disappearance from 1987.
Walton Goggins’ Sonny Burch is clearly the real villain of the film as black market dealer Sonny Burch, who seeks to steal and sell the Pym technology. This leads to some fun gags in the film, with a new brand of technology that allows anyone driving a particular vehicle to shrink with everyone in it. For those who remember the use of a giant Thomas the Tank Engine in the original film will get a kick of the use of a Hello Kitty Pez dispenser in one of the film’s highlight chase sequences. The climactic action sequence brings everything together and has a few surprises that makes this exactly what is needed.
Ant-Man and the Wasp is the cooldown needed after the events of Infinity War. Paul Rudd and company brings a sense of both Marvel’s trademark action with some great comic wit. Especially after what has transpired with Infinity War, this is exactly what fans need to get some of that weight off their shoulders.
WFG RATING: A-
A Marvel Studios production. Director: Peyton Reed. Producers: Kevin Feige and Stephen Broussard. Writers: Chris McKenna, Erik Sommers, Paul Rudd, Andrew Barrer, and Gabriel Ferrari; based on the characters created by Stan Lee, Larry Lieber, and Jack Kirby. Cinematography: Dante Spinotti. Editing: Dan Lebental and Craig Wood.
Cast: Paul Rudd, Evangeline Lilly, Michael Douglas, Michael Peña, Walton Goggins, Bobby Cannavale, Judy Greer, Tip “T.I.” Harris, David Dastmalchian, Hannah John-Kamen, Abby Ryder Fortson, Randall Park, Michelle Pfeiffer, Laurence Fishburne.