"continues Marvel’s streak of excellence with a film that not only builds on what came before but also proves to have lasting ramifications for the MCU"
Coming out of Avengers: Infinity War there was one question on lots of people’s minds; where was Ant-Man and the Wasp?, the subject of our review today sets out to answer that question.
Ant-Man and the Wasp is the latest film in the ever popular Marvel Cinematic Universe and opens with Scott Lang (Paul Rudd) on house arrest following the events of Captain America: Civil War as he entertains his young daughter Cassie (Abby Ryder Fortson). With only a few days left, he begins to have flashes of the Quantum Realm and a vision of Janet Van Dyne (Michelle Pfeiffer), which prompts him to call Dr. Hank Pym (Michael Douglas) and Hope (Evangeline Lilly) to tell them about what he saw.
Hope comes to retrieve him, and leaves a man sized Ant in his place to mimic his daily routine, tricking the FBI into believing Scott is in the house as Ant-Man and the Wasp team up on a mission to rescue Janet from the Quantum Realm.
Along the way they go up against Sonny Burch (Walton Goggins) and the menacing but troubled Ghost (Hannah John-Kamen) who has extensive combat training, making her a force to be reckoned with and due to a tragic accident, has the ability to phase through objects.
Peyton Reed returns to the Director’s Chair and he and his creative team have crafted a palette cleanser of sorts following this Summer’s runaway hit Avengers: Infinity War.
With incredible sound and vision, Ant-Man and the Wasp utilises the IMAX format flawlessly, using the 3D to great effect and enhancing the wonderful score from Christophe Beck, the film is a triumph from start to finish.
It is a heist movie of sorts and jam packed with humour, that comes courtesy of Michael Peña’s returning Luis with the stand outs for me being Evangeline Lilly’s somewhat intense Wasp and Hannah John-Kamen tortured Ava aka Ghost.
Randall Park also provides some comic relief as FBI Agent Jimmy Woo, who is seemingly trying to be Scott Lang’s friend whilst he is on house arrest but will not hesitate to bust him if he has the chance.
The shrinking effects are awesome, using the technology in new fun ways, including a sequence in a school which is also very comedic and the realisation of the Quantum Realm that we saw a glimpse of in Ant-Man is beautiful.
All in all, Ant-Man and the Wasp continues Marvel’s streak of excellence with a film that not only builds on what came before but also proves to have lasting ramifications for the MCU as a whole moving forward.