Ant Man and the Wasp

Anna Beshoar, Staff Writer

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Heroes come in all sizes. Scott Lang (Paul Rudd) proved this when he came to Captain America’s aid when he most needed it. Unfortunately, the government doesn’t feel the same way. Cap and his allies are now fugitives, and Scott is placed under house arrest. His mentor Hank Pym (Michael Douglas) and love interest Hope (Evangeline Lilly) go into hiding and cut all ties with him–until now. Hope’s long lost mother Janet (Michelle Pfeiffer) may still be alive, and they need Scott’s help to find her. Scott dons the Ant Man suit once again, but this time he’s not alone. Hope has taken over her mother’s title, the Wasp. Together, the duo not only face off against the mysterious Ghost (Hannah John-Kamen), but discover their true potential together.

Scott Lang, Aka Ant Man, a former crook turned hero, is a doting father to his only daughter, Cassie (Abby Ryder Fortson). Cassie is an adorable little girl who idolizes her father, despite his past. Hope had a strained relationship with her father for years, only reconciling after the events of the first Ant Man movie. Hank was determined to cut ties with Scott after the incident, but is willing to (grudgingly) team up with him again in order to find his wife. Janet has been trapped in the quantum realm for 30 years. Scott’s best friends, Luis, (Michael Pena), Kurt (David Dastmalchian), and Dave (T.I.), provide support and comic relief. Ghost is less of a villian and more of a victim, desperate to ease her constant pain. Yet again, Stan Lee makes his traditional cameo.

Paul Rudd is scheduled to return in Avengers 4. Evangeline Lilly played Tauriel in The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug. Michael Douglas is not only an accomplished actor, but a successful producer. Michelle Pfeiffer’s filmography includes Hairspray and Murder on the Orient Express. Hannah John-Kamen has acted in recent films such as Tomb Raider and Ready Player One. Abby Ryder Fortson is well known for her roles in Transparent, The Whisper, and Togetherness. Michael Pena’s recent work includes A Wrinkle in Time and Extinction. David Dastmalchian has roles in DC Universe TV shows such as Gotham and The Flash. T.I. is a rapper as well as an actor.

Every Marvel film has a genre they fall into. While the Captain America Trilogy is Marvel’s tragedy, the Ant Man movies are Marvel’s comedies. Ant Man and the Wasp was definitely a superhero film, action and high stakes, but it absolutely had it’s funny parts. Scott’s suit was defective for half the film, which led to some hilarious moments. Hank was reluctant to speak to Scott again, and he made his opinion clear through dry comments and brutal honesty. Hope teases her partner on multiple occasions. Luis, Kurt, and Dave provide comic relief between serious scenes. Scott is pretty funny himself. At the same time, there was a heavy shadow over the film. This was the first Marvel movie released after Avengers: Infinity War and it’s disastrous ending. It will be one of the last released before Avengers 4. Fans held their breath, knowing that the outcome of Ant Man and the Wasp could be key to the plot of Avengers 4, and the fate of some of their favorite characters.

Anyone who enjoys action, comedy, and science fiction would find something in Ant Man and the Wasp. I wouldn’t recommend for anyone who enjoys romance, nonfiction, or horror. MPAA rating: PG-13. My rating? Four stars. Eagerly awaiting more.