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Ant-Man and the Wasp: Slapstick installment to the Marvel franchise
August 3, 2018
After the behemoth crossover film Infinity Wars, fans will be treated to a lighter and funnier instalment; following Scott Lang (Paul Rudd) and Hope Van Dyne (Evangeline Lilly) as Ant-Man and the Wasp respectively. Paul Rudd brings the films funniest laughs (earning him a co-writer credit) and charming personality to the sequel, while Evangeline steps up to embrace her legacy as Marvel’s first female superhero in a title. This is the Wasp’s film, where she is athletic and disciplined, Ant-Man is slapstick. This works well together and delivers what could be the funniest Marvel film since Thor Ragnarok.
Following the events of Civil War, Scott is coming to the end of his time spent on house arrest, isolated from his superhero friends from previous films he focuses himself on becoming employed and building a relationship with his daughter. This all looks like it will come crashing down when he has visions of Hope’s mother (Michelle Pfeiffer) lost in the Quantum Realm. Scott is then kidnapped by Hope and her father (Michael Douglas) to use him to reunite their family, while trying to appear to be following his house arrest order so he can continue to have his own family life.
We’re introduced to the main villains when Scott and Hope try to negotiate a deal with a gangster when they are attacked by Ghost, who can phase through solid objects. As a villain she’s not formidable but she does have a stronger character and pathos than most Marvel villains. Her ability to phase is one of the more visually striking elements of the film, it’s also one of the few unique elements this film brings.
The film doesn’t feel like a re-hash of the original, they update and improve on the first Ant-Man film; but doesn’t lean too heavily on what made the first stand out. Michael Pena’s rambling Luis could easily upstage the entire cast but his role is given the right amount of screen time. Focusing more on Hope and her father, it almost makes Scott a side-character in his own film despite having just as much screen time if not more than Hope.
Ant-Man and the Wasp is oozing with comedy, the jokes are tightly written and layered throughout the film, similar to how Hot Fuzz could start a joke and have it land much later. The most dedicated Marvel fans will be keen to watch just to stick around for the two end credit scenes, but general audiences will also find this film very entertaining.
Ant Man and the Wasp is out today.
Words by Sunny Ramgolam @SunnyRamgolam.