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Marvel learnt a lot from its recent successes. This film features strong female leads, relatable villains and a fair amount of humour
Gareth Kurt Warren
Just for the record, the movie should have been called The Wasp and Ant-Man. After the last Marvel Studios movie, fans are finding it quite tough to love again. With the sequel to Ant-Man being the first movie slated after the mass-murdering carnage that was Infinity War, there’s a lot of pressure riding on Ant Man’s tiny shoulders.
The Ant-Man sequel follows a similar trend to the first movie. It follows an Avengers blockbuster. Ant-Man followed Avengers: Age of Ultron (2015) and this one follows Avengers: Infinity War (2018).
The movie kicks off some time after the events in Captain America: Civil War. Scott Lang, played by Paul Rudd, faces the consequences due to his involvement in that epic battle in Berlin.
The movie shows us Lang embracing fatherhood, while struggling with the decision to become Ant Man once more in order to help Hope van Dyne (Evangeline Lilly) and Dr. Hank Pym (Michael Douglas) with an important mission.
Marvel fans have waited a long time for a female superhero to lead a movie. Lilly’s portrayal of Hope van Dyne as the Wasp was absolutely amazing and I truly believe that female superheroes are leading the way in the next phase of the Marvel Cinematic Universe (MCU).
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Before we dive into this (spoiler-free) review, all I have to say is that one of the two after-credit scenes is an absolute crowd pleaser. The entire theatre gasped. I would go as far as saying this is right up there, if not higher, than Deadpool 2’s time-travelling after credit scene.
For those who skipped the first Ant-Man, rest assured that the sequel covers almost everything important in the first few minutes. There’s a lot of dialogue explaining exactly what happened in the first movie.
Ant-Man and The Wasp is rather fast paced too. The 1-hour-58-minute movie goes by in a flash. While there is a decent amount of action, there are no memorable fight scenes. Then again, Black Panther and Thor: Ragnarok have spoiled us.
Where is tic-tac?
Ever since Infinity War, everyone had a few questions on their mind. “Where was Ant-Man?” He does get name-dropped in Infinity War, and we’re told he’s spending time with his family. Which is true. However since the sequel picks up after Captain America: Civil War, we do know that he got into trouble with the law and is under house arrest. His fate after Thanos’ famous finger-snap however, well… you’re just going to have to watch the movie to find out.
Well, is it funny?
The humour doesn’t hold a candle to Thor: Ragnorok or Deadpool 2, but it is quite funny in it’s own Ant-Man-kind of way. Expect a few jokes, and hilarious voice-over, cut scenes from Luis, played by Michael Peña, similar to the first movie.
The trio of Dave played by T.I., Kurt played by David Dastmalchian and everyone’s favourite fast-talker Luis (Peña), are as hilarious as you remember. While I felt they didn’t get the screen-time they deserved, their time together during the movie was enough to keep us going till Ant-Man 3, or their own spin-off.
PS: Marvel, if you’re reading this: give them a spinoff TV show, please.
Marvel is learning. Black Panther’s female heroes, Thor: Ragnarok’s female villain… This movie has both. With Captain Marvel around the corner, it’s safe to say that the next phase of the MCU belongs to women.
Speaking about villains…
Ghost, played by the undeniably gorgeous Hannah John-Kamen, could very well be your next favourite Marvel villain after Loki and Killmonger. Well, Loki is dead now, thanks to Thanos, and Killmonger is dead, thanks to Black Panther, so she could take the number one spot. At least in my heart…umm list.
If Loki was the villain of choice for girls everywhere, Ghost is that version for us boys. Her character is a believable adversary. Similar to Killmonger, you get to know her motives, understand her thought process and relate to her. I see what you did there Marvel. Gone are the days of heartless bad guys who just want to rule the world for no reason whatsoever.
I would end with a shout out to Paul Rudd. You could tell that he had fun with the movie. If you didn’t love him before, you’ll love him now.
And lastly, there’s one cameo with mentioning: The 2019 Hyundai Veloster absolutely nails it in this movie.
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