The Marvel Cinematic Universe comes in all shapes and sizes…literally. In this particular case, the hero in question has the ability to change shapes and sizes. Opening this week, Ant-Man and the Wasp brings the shrinking star back for more. Notable absent during the events of Avengers: Infinity War, we can pick back up with him, this time with a sidekick, of sorts. The result, according to those who have seen it, is a deeply fun adventure that continue’s the unparalleled success that Marvel has been enjoying. Kevin Fiege can rest easy knowing that his vision still remains the envy of all.
The latest installment in the MCU, this is a follow up adventure to Ant-Man. The official synopsis from Disney goes as such: “In the aftermath of ‘Captain America: Civil War,’ Scott Lang grapples with the consequences of his choices as both a Super Hero and a father. As he struggles to re-balance his home life with his responsibilities as Ant-Man, he’s confronted by Hope van Dyne and Dr. Hank Pym with an urgent new mission. Scott must once again put on the suit and learn to fight alongside The Wasp as the team works together to uncover secrets from their past.” As I’ve written, in short, it looks like more fun is in store for Ant-Man/Scott Lang (Paul Rudd), this time not just alongside Dr. Hank Pym (Michael Douglas), but also with Hope van Dyne/The Wasp (Evangeline Lilly) as well. Peyton Reed once again directs, with the script being written by the team of Andrew Barrer, Gabriel Ferrari, Chris McKenna, the aforementioned Rudd, and Erik Sommers. Also in the cast here we have Laurence Fishburne, Abby Ryder Fortson, Walton Goggins, Judy Greer, Hannah John-Kamen, Randall Park, Michael Peña, Michelle Pfeiffer, T.I., and more. Dante Spinotti provides the cinematography, while the score is by Christophe Beck. With a ton of returning players, this has more continuity behind the scenes than most Marvel efforts.
While the original was met with somewhat of a mixed reaction, this has been roundly embraced by almost everyone. Apparently, the entire team is much more comfortable the second time around, leading to a light adventure that’s easy to enjoy. That’s an excellent upgrade for what some considered a weak point within the MCU. Personally, I actually really enjoyed Ant-Man, while thinking he helped steal the show in Captain America: Civil War. So, this is totally up my alley. Rudd also had the enjoyable indie dramedy Ideal Home just hit, alongside period biopic The Catcher Was a Spy. Simply put, the star is having a moment.
Something interesting to take note of here. With this outing coming so close on to the heels of Avengers: Infinity War, folks will obviously look to this for clues. Frankly, that’s the wrong way to approach Ant-Man and the Wasp. This is far more of a sequel to Ant-Man (obviously) and a detour within the MCU than it is something to clear up Thanos related questions. The movie just needs to be treated fairly. If so, it should be another big Marvel success story. Bet on the latter for Ant-Man and the Wasp, considering the track record for Fiege and company.
This weekend, Marvel fans can see the Cinematic Universe they love so much get a new chapter with the release of Ant-Man and the Wasp. This should be yet another fun installment of the MCU, one that audiences should flock to. If you’ve been digging the quirkier parts of the franchise, this likely will be in that arena. Plus, this is one more shot of Rudd as a superhero, and that remains awesome. Keep in mind that this is more of a mini blockbuster than anything else and you all should be just fine. Sizing never matters, especially for this character…
Be sure to check out Ant-Man and the Wasp, in theaters everywhere on Thursday/Friday!
Also, Happy 4th of July folks! Be safe and enjoy!