Ant Man and the Wasp is not just a very entertaining film but also a testament to the quality of Marvel’s movie machine and the creative head that runs it. Twenty films in, the consistency that Marvel has showcased and unparalleled and surprisingly, the films seem to be getting better with each new addition. Director Peyton Reed did not get enough credit for his work in the first part because of the Edger Wright behind the scene drama, but this is the film that will cement his place as one of the most unique and necessary talents in the Marvel family.
Ant Man and the Wasp, which is a wonderful lighthearted breather after the depression of Avengers: Infinity war, is set after the events of Captain America: Civil War. Scott Lang (Paul Rudd) is under house arrest because of his shenanigans at the Germany airport where he became a giant man and caused a lot of destruction. His equation with his family has, however, improved— his daughter Cassie (Abby Ryder), his ex wife (Judy Greer) & even her new husband (Bobby Cannavale) love him. Hank Pym (Michael Douglas) and his daughter Hope (Evangeline Lilly) are making their own new fancy sci-fi plans for reasons best left for you to discover, and naturally a villainous figure – a ghost like entity this time – is out to get them.
For one, this is a rare sequel that improves on the first film in ever single way. This is much more charming, hilarious and memorable movie filled with some truly unique sequences that milk Ant Man’s size shifting abilities. There is a section set in a high school where Ant Man has to retrieve an object that will make you laugh till you cry, making this the most funniest entry scene since Thor: Ragnarok. Since the stakes are delightfully low, it gives Reed to flex his comedic muscles and play around with a whole sandbox of restricted environments. This restrictive scenario gives way to one of the greatest car chase sequences in recent times, a vey trippy sequence in the subatomic world, and even more delightfully fleshed out father-daughter dynamic between Lang and Cassie and a chance to add more lovable characters into the cannon going into the epic Infinty War sequel.
It is all set up reallly nicely leading up to the next Avengers film and even though it is not to guess how Ant Man is going to face Thanos and beat him, the wait for the inevitable moment until next year is going to be painful.