Image: Paul Rudd and Evangeline Lilly as Ant-Man and The Wasp © Property of Marvel Studios [Source: IMDB]
Before the events of Infinity War, we step back from the grand scale of Marvels current threat to a more intimate story of Scott Lang (Paul Rudd) balancing being both a superhero and father. As well as his increasing debt to Dr Hank Pym (Michael Douglas) who presents Lang with a new mission to help Scott escape the boredom of his house arrest.
Director: Peyton Reed. Starring: Paul Rudd, Evangeline Lilly, Michael Peña, Michael Douglas, Walton Goggins, Randall Park, Michelle Pfeiffer, Laurence Fishburne [12A]
Coming off the back of the gargantuan blockbuster hit and critical success that is Infinity War. It is easy to see why Ant Man 2 may have fallen short on most peoples reception. But I think there is more to it than simply a lesser picture following something as big as Infinity War. No, what Ant Man and The Wasp gets wrong is down to its self.
Firstly Ant Man and The Wasp certainly makes a great pallet refresher after Infinity War. Smaller focus and more relaxed its a marvel film you can sit back and enjoy and for the most part you will get exactly that relaxed easy going experience. But quite simply, Ant Man’s narrative is almost as weak as its humour. There is a lack of inventive new ways of using Ant Man’s unique abilities to draw comedy from. Instead the same jokes and comedic jabs are recycled or left aside completely by this second instalment. Contradictory to that however a great addition to this sequel is Evangeline Lilly as The Wasp, offering up the straight man to Rudd’s silly Scott Lang makes for a familiar dynamic but ultimately a fun one.
The biggest downfall to this instalment in the Marvel franchise however is both a yearning for the rest of Infinity War. With this being a step backwards and a small focus it gives Ant Man an almost filler episode feeling and everything about the plot of your engagement in the narrative of saving Dr. Pym’s wife feels inconsequential. However the movie does hold on its own, the special effects are still astonishingly good looking, believable and precise. It’s still mostly fun and offers a good time but very little in the way of a memorable and significant instalment. In fact it was barely worth doing.