‘Ant-Man and the Wasp’ Review: Are Laughs Enough?
With a runtime of just under two hours, Marvel’s Ant-Man and the Wasp topped the box office during its opening weekend and brought in $92,839,005 domestically as of the 10th and $178, 730, 519 worldwide. The storyline is set after Captain America: Civil War but before Avengers: Infinity War giving its writers space to show what Scott’s been up to since getting arrested in Germany. Spoilers ahead!
The first thing that popped into my mind when they explained Scott’s house arrest is what happened after Steve supposedly broke everyone out of the Raft. Did he leave Scott and Clint behind to take plea deals or were they dropped off somewhere before they got arrested by the feds?.
Once I pushed that to the back of my mind, I was able to enjoy the humor throughout the film. Michael Peña shined once again as Luis and Abby Ryder Fortson is my favorite young actor in the Marvel Universe as Scott’s daughter, Cassie. The humor in Ant-Man and the Wasp was well balanced between a number of actors including Paul Rudd, who is pretty much the perfect Scott Lang and Randall Park as FBI agent Jimmy Woo. After seeing this movie, I definitely want to start watching Park on Fresh Off The Boat.
While the movie had high points like a strong family element with Scott and Cassie and Hope, Hank, and Janet, it failed to make me care about the “villain”. I put that in quotations because of the fact that Ava, known as Ghost, is a former asset of S.H.I.E.L.D. who just wanted to get better. It also makes you wonder if she was really doing S.H.I.E.L.D.’s bidding or taking orders with Hydra’s agenda in mind. It’s all a mess now. It was hard to hate for her motives, but I wasn’t moved by her or her backstory. That’s not to say Hannah John-Kamen didn’t do a great job playing her. Nobody gave a bad performance, although I wanted more from Laurence Fishbourne.
With S.H.I.E.L.D. having such a long, murky history, Marvel writers have the ability to create so many stories using canon characters but the challenge is making those stories and the characters they bring to the forefront impactful. I think Ghost (originally introduced in Iron Man #219 in 1987) would have been a more intriguing character if she had some the canon characteristics like hacking skills and the engineering skills to build her own suit. In the film, everything she has was given to her by someone else. She felt like a watered down version of her comic book counterpart.
On another note, the effects were great and the fight scenes definitely improved from the first movie with Evangeline Lilly’s Hope getting in on the action. Overall, Ant-Man and the Wasp is an enjoyable film worth the laughs with Rudd’s entertaining Lang and Peña’s comedic delivery. That mid-credit scene hurt my feelings a little.
I’m giving Ant-Man and the Wasp a 7.5 out of 10.
Kira McCall covers entertainment for MFST. She’s a freelance writer and alum of Towson University where she studied advertising, public relations, and creative writing. Follow her on Twitter at cocovanilla45 (GirlsofManyFandoms) and kiramira_.