Paul Rudd Gets Lots Of Big, Small Laughs
After the universe changing Avengers: Infinity War, Marvel Studios needed a palette cleanser, and Ant-Man and The Wasp certainly delivers. Like a lost copy of a big budget ‘80s thriller that never was, Hank Pym (Michael Douglas) recounts the heroic sacrifice of his wife, Janet van Dyne (Michelle Pfeiffer), as first seen in Ant-Man. As a narrative theme, Ant-Man and The Wasp chose Scott's need for a partner to help him be a hero.
A brisk bit of catch-up exposition reveals that, since assisting Steve Rogers in Munich, Hope and Hank ditched Scott, not least because his actions drew them heat via the Sokovia Accords — making them an off-the-grid, father-and-daughter renegade outfit.
With some original Avengers likely departing the MCU, it leaves the door open for some new faces, like Kate taking over as Hawkeye for Clint Barton and Vision being rebooted as a new model that still has some growing up to do. Eli has an origin tied to Captain America that could expand that hero's legacy despite Chris Evans reportedly leaving the role.
Ant-Man and the Wasp is the next film in the Marvel movie franchise. Lang tries to help fight off this " ghost ", but she escapes with Pym's portable lab. Though the shrinking ability of the protagonists is the film's USP, what lies at the heart of this film is the father-son bond between Casey-Scott and Hank-Hope.
Thanks to a malfunctioning suit, Rudd can't seem to control his Ant-Man powers. But despite starting the race running for second place (or third, cause Black Panther was Black Panther), Ant-Man and the Wasp is probably one of my favorite movies in the MCU. Rudd's easy, deadpan warmth is ideal for the role of good-guy ex-con Scott Lang, better-known to bad guys as Ant-Man.
The closest the film comes to admitting any of his culpability in all of this is through his involvement in the creation of Ghost (Hannah John-Kamen), the film's super-powered antagonist who, thanks to an accident early on in her life, now Ant-Man and the Wasp Review fades in and out of reality and will potentially disappear by the film's end, but even then Reed and his writers duck having him face any sort of retribution for his actions.
With Rudd on the comedy, Lilly gets a chance to shine as the sharp, resourceful half of the duo as Wasp MKII. Hell, one of the film's antagonists has more in common with Michael B. Jordan's Kilmonger than any other MCU villain, their goal being personal and understandable and relatable.
The ghost restrains Lang, Hope, and Pym when they arrive, and reveals herself to be Ava Starr. Under the guidance of Hank, Scott and Hope suit-up as Ant-Man and the Wasp to keep the technology out of the wrong hands while rescuing someone close to them. MCU (Marvel Cinematic Universe) exploits are quite often bitty, especially the Avengers films which juggle multiple characters - but the bits in this case are consciously played against each other.
At the expense of focusing on Ant-Man and the Wasp, most of the other characters in the film aren't really developed. The movies of 2019 and the slate of Marvel Studios offerings can't come soon enough. A welcome escape from the gloom and doom of Infinity War, the film is perfect summer fare, a breezy, funny, entertaining bit of heist-and-chase escapism.
Given that the trajectory of superhero movies seems to be to be bigger, brasher and bolder than the films that came before, there is a curious sense of ambition in the way Ant-Man and the Wasp opts for restraint. After getting caught breaking the anti-superhero accord, Scott ( Paul Rudd ) was convicted and sentenced to two years house arrest, followed by three years of probation.
Hank Pym (Michael Douglas) and his daughter Hope Van Dyne (Evangeline Lilly) are experimenting with trying to bring Hank's wife and Hope's mother Janet (Michelle Pfeiffer) back into reality after being lost in the "quantum realm." Scott reluctantly agrees to help, knowing that if he is caught, he could go back to jail for a long time.