Following the events of Captain America: Civil War, Scott Lang (Paul Rudd) has found himself living an unremarkable life under house arrest. His time as the incredible shrinking Ant-Man has been put on hold, and he is focused on being a good father. In fact, he’s kept his act together for long enough that he has only a few days of his sentence left. However, a strange dream about the quantum realm has him reaching out to his old partners in crime to sort things out. It isn’t long before he is embroiled in another adventure, scurrying about trying to save his friends, dodge the cops and bring down a new enemy that can walk through walls.
Ant-Man and the Wasp is a welcome addition to the Marvel Cinematic Universe. It is an entertaining film, full of action and adventure and with all of the needed elements of a great summer popcorn flick. All of your favorite characters return in this sequel, and, as expected, Rudd brings tons of humor to his portrayal of Scott Lang. Add in the antics of his crew of ex-cons, and there winds up being loads of genuinely funny moments. Ant-Man and the Wasp also looks great, as is the norm for the Marvel films by now. Still, the constant shrinking and growing gives the Ant-Man movies a different way to put these high-end visual effects to good use.
Despite hitting all of the right notes, Ant-Man and the Wasp isn’t a perfect film. This movie doesn’t take many chances, and by playing it safe Ant-Man and the Wasp becomes rather predictable. Coming on the heels of Avengers: Infinity War offered an opportunity to give Ant-Man and the Wasp more of an impact in the context of recent events in the MCU. That wasn’t necessarily the wrong decision, but with the MCU getting wound tighter with each new release, Ant-Man and the Wasp seems slightly out of place. Maybe it’s because Infinity War set the bar exceedingly high and this is the inevitable fall out, or perhaps the audience is looking for some post Infinity War closure, and Ant-Man and the Wasp doesn’t have any to offer. In any case, Ant-Man and the Wasp is a solid film in its own right, though it will likely remain eclipsed by some of Marvel’s more compelling titles.