This week we headed out to see the latest entry into the Marvel Comics Cinematic Universe, Ant-Man and the Wasp, a sequel to the 2015 Ant-Man.
The film follows the events of Ant-Man’s involvement in Captain America: Civil War where Scott Lang (Paul Rudd) the man behind the suit, is now under house arrest.
Scott has a dream where he sees a woman, who we will learn is Janet Van Dyne (Michelle Pfeiffer) trying to reach her husband, Hank Pym (Michael Douglas) from the Quantum Realm, where she is currently trapped and has been since 1987!
Hank, along with his daughter, Hope (Evangeline Lilly) are shocked to receive a call from Scott out of the blue, having gone their separate ways and no contact having been made due to the house arrest.
Scott tells them about the dream and it confirms Hanks’ theory that there may be a way to bring his wife back from the Quantum Realm and subsequently kidnap Scott from his house arrest.
What follows is a fun race against time when Hank learns there is a limited time to get Janet back.
The film is packed with various storylines, a criminal gang led by Sonny (Walter Goggins) who want Hank’s amazing technology of size alteration; A storyline involving the Ghost (Hannah John-Kamen) who also wants control of Hank’s potential link to the Quantum Realm having been badly affected by it and believe by returning to it.
This allows for some big fight and car chase sequences but overall I didn’t feel it added anything new to the original film or the genre, other than now Hope has an Ant-Man suit but is known as the Wasp due to having wings so she can fly.
It also is disappointing that many of the great scenes involving larger/smaller Scott or various items were of no real surprise due to the heavy marketing campaign these Marvel films have.
At 2 hours the film is also so far too long as we felt it could have been done in a tighter 90 minutes. Rudd is a good lead, bringing some great comedy moments, as do some of the Ants he works with, especially one in particular, who stands in for Scott to stop any police involvement for him breaking house arrest.
It’s a fun watch but definitely one of the weakest films so far in the Marvel universe.
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