Marvel hasn’t had the best luck with sequels over the years. Iron Man 2 was largely considered worse than its hailed predecessor, Iron Man. Thor: The Dark World, the sequel to Thor, is so bad I’m still trying to figure out why it was even called Thor: The Dark World. And Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 was a far cry less enjoyable than the critically acclaimed Guardians of the Galaxy. So, would Ant-Man and the Wasp suffer the same fate? I’m glad to announce that it didn’t.
Ant-Man and the Wasp is a small-story type of movie. You don’t have to worry about surprise Avengers cameos dropping in to make the movie exciting or complex situations that turn the film into a whirlwind of material. Ant-Man and the Wasp takes place in one city, in three days, and with four main characters, Scott Lang, Hope van Dyne, Hank Pym, and the constant thorn in their side, Ghost. Simple as that.
It’s always a breath of fresh air to see creators of movies decide that less is more. When writers try to over complicate things and make a sequel that’s bouncing all over the place seven times out of ten that movie’s going to end up becoming a confusing hodgepodge of material. Ant-Man and the Wasp does not suffer from that in the slightest.
The story, which is solely about Hope van Dyne and her father, Hank Pym, trying to bring Janet van Dyne back from the quantum realm, is simple but super fun to watch. Everything that takes place makes sense and nothing is left out throughout the course of the film.
The humor is 100% spot on from beginning to end. This movie will leave anyone with a sense of humor in stitches and could possibly leave you in tears because there are some sequences that are just that downright funny. Marvel once again managed to utilize humor into a superhero film in a way that never feels corny or out of place. The movie is laced with smart jokes from beginning to end and it’s one of the reasons why this movie was so much fun to watch.
The action is phenomenal and really shines in IMAX. We get to see Wasp in action for the first time in this movie and she is honestly no joke. Her action scenes were easily some of the best throughout the movie, but that doesn’t mean Ant-Man didn’t provide the thrills as well. Ant-Man and the Wasp are the perfect superhero duo and unlike anything we’ve seen in the MCU so far. I’m beyond excited to see them together in action again.
And Ghost is the right villain for this movie. She’s not too sinister or evil. She doesn’t have a plan to end the world. Like the film her involvement in the movie is simple and she provides quite the challenge for the heroes which is expected. Ghost isn’t the greatest Marvel villain to ever appear in the MCU but she has rightfully dethroned Yellow Jacket in every way possible.
My Conclusion of the Film
I really didn’t know whether I’d end up liking Ant-Man and the Wasp or not but it was a fantastic movie from start to finish. Everything about the movie was enjoyable and oh my goodness, the end-credits scenes are the best parts of the film. I mean, that first post-credits scene is simply stunning and I can’t wait to talk more about it. Oh my goodness, it was SO good.
What would I give the film? I’d have to say I give Ant-Man and the Wasp a 92 out of a 100 and 4.5 out of 5 stars. This movie is the perfect family film to watch this weekend because it’s simply really, really good.
And now the wait begins until Captain Marvel next year and I couldn’t be more excited. I have a huge feeling that it’s going to be super awesome. 🙂
I thank you for reading my spoiler-free review and I hope you have a wonderful day.