Following the events of Avengers: Infinity War, Marvel was faced with the tough decision of what to do with the film that was going to follow it up. Instead of another high intensity action film, Marvel gave fans the lighthearted fun of Ant-Man and the Wasp. While nothing groundbreaking or revolutionary, Ant-Man and the Wasp is the perfect dose of summer comedy we all needed.
Taking place before the events of Avengers: Infinity War, Paul Rudd returns as the bite sized superhero Ant-Man. Scott Lang has been placed under house arrest following the events of Captain America: Civil War, but is approached by his former colleagues and must once again don the Ant-Man suit. An evil threat known as Ghost is after them, and it’s up to Ant-Man and his new partner The Wasp, played by Evangeline Lilly, to save the day.
Much like the first movie, Ant-Man and the Wasp knows that it’s impossible for an audience to take a superhero whose powers are shrinking and talking to ants very seriously. This movie chose to take what could’ve easily been an obstacle and rolls with it, going all out with the ridiculous premise even more than the first. By taking the charming and likeable characters they’ve created and putting them in original and diverse situations, this movie is easily one of the funniest Marvel films I’ve ever seen.
Along with the comedy, the best points of the film are the action scenes. While the first movie was mainly Ant-Man shrinking down to one size, this film has him growing and shrinking to a variety of sizes. They also grow and shrink the objects around them, and this contributes to a lot of very smooth and fast paced action.
But among all the humor and action the movie does have a bothersome flaw, and that’s the story. Several characters and side plots could’ve been removed, and only make the movie feel more crowded. And with multiple main plots going on at once, the pacing seems choppy at times. The main two plots are interesting but felt like two separate stories were written and then forced together with no time for development.
In a movie franchise that’s full of stories about intergalactic battles and worlds at risk, Ant-Man and the Wasp is the much smaller breath of air we needed. It’s nothing spectacular that will leave you in awe, but it doesn’t need to be. It’s a movie that even the most casual fans can enjoy, and is a delightful follow up to its predecessor.