Ant-Man and the Wasp takes place after the events of Captain America: Civil War where Scott Lang aka Ant-Man has been on house arrest. Hope Van Dyne aka The Wasp and her father, Hank Pym, are trying to travel through the Quantum Realm in order to get Hope’s mother, Janet, back and they recruit Scott to help.
Ant-Man and the Wasp was an easy breezy good time. It filled with tons of humor and is a great palette cleanser from the darkness and gravity from Avengers: Infinity War. Paul Rudd once again is really great as Ant-Man, he brings a lot of laughs and some heart with the scenes involving his daughter. Evangeline Lilly though has more of the spotlight and deservedly so. As the Wasp, she is much more graceful and bad ass than Ant-Man, I’m interested to see her interact with the other Avengers in the future. Michael Douglas again is good and so is the rest of the supporting cast like Laurence Fishburne and the villain, Ghost, played by Hannah John-Kamen. Ghost isn’t very developed though so she doesn’t cut it as one of Marvel’s best villains which we got with Killmonger and Thanos recently.
Michelle Pheiffer is also in the film but not for very long. Michael Peña returns, and is a standout. His character in the first film bothered me because it he was essentially playing a Latino stereotype, but he has a bit more to do in this film. Walton Goggins, who is a very talented actor, also appears as a villain but isn’t necessary to the story and didn’t really add anything.
This film is extraordinary in any terms, it’s just a typical Marvel film, but it’s very fun. Some of the plot elements don’t really make too much sense. The Quantum Realm, for example, is a big setting, but it was never really explained how it works. The humor doesn’t always land too, though a majority of it did. But, the changing of sizes that takes place throughout the film is pretty cool to see.
Overall, Ant-Man and the Wasp is a good summer movie to relax and enjoy yourself. Yes, this does tie into Infinity War in a post-credits scene, but not in a huge way, the film is a self contained story. I give it a B.