Marvel's Ant-Man and the Wasp Big on Superhero Goodness

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Ant-Man and the Wasp

Where AVENGERS INFINITY WAR was a great action movie filled with moments of comedy, ANT-MAN AND THE WASP is a great comedy movie filled to the gills with lots of action and adventure.

Ever since the events of INFINITY WAR, people have been asking: Where was Ant-Man?

Well it turns out that Scott Lang (PAUL RUDD), after choosing to side with Captain America in CAPTAIN AMERICA: CIVIL WAR, was apprehended for his participation in the events and placed under house arrest for two years. And he's learned a lot while attached to his ankle bracelet -- like drumming, and up-close card tricks.

Lang's involvement in CIVIL WAR also caused a rift between him and his partner, Hope Van Dyne (EVANGELINE LILLY) -- not because he chose a side, but because he chose a side and didn't bring her along to fight with him. Hope and her father, Dr. Hank Pym (MICHAEL DOUGLAS), have also been on the run from the law since then, and have been busily working to create an opening to the Quantum Realm in the hopes of rescuing Pym's lost wife, Janet Van Dyne (MICHELLE PFEIFFER). But when they first crack the realm open, it causes Lang to dream a memory from Janet's past, revealing that he and the original Wasp are entangled in some way.

Realizing that Scott may be the key to locating her mother, Hope abducts him out of his house arrest so she can "borrow" him for a few hours. But things aren't that easy, and soon they find themselves going up against an enemy who wants the technology for herself -- with good reason.

The Ghost (HANNA JOHN-KAMEN) has a quantum condition that causes her body to phase uncontrollably, and soon she'll be ripped apart for good -- unless she can extract the quantum energy surrounding Janet Van Dyne, which will quite likely destroy Janet. But how can you fight someone you can't touch?


ANT-MAN AND THE WASP is replete with action and humor that never lets up. The interactions between Lang and his young daughter, Cassie (ABBY RYDER FORTSON), are organic and sweet, as she expresses how she'd like to be Ant-Man's partner. Maybe some day she'll achieve that "stature." RANDALL PARK plays FBI Agent Jimmy Woo as somewhat gullible and naive, but always in a human way, without making him appear bumbling or ineffective. WALTON GOGGINS provides the secondary villain in black market operative Sonny Burch, and LAURENCE FISHBURNE plays legacy Marvel character Bill Foster -- aka Goliath, who could grow to giant size in his heyday (although nowhere nearly as big as Lang can). Through Foster, we learn that S.H.I.E.L.D. has been working with supernormal operatives long before The Avengers were ever formed, and the original Ant-Man and Wasp were just a small part of that.

They're going to need a bigger boat. PAUL RUDD gets big in ANT-MAN AND THE WASP.

And, of course, there's Lang's old crew, now operating a security analysis firm on a shoestring budget. Dave, Kurt and Luis (T.I., DAVID DASTMALCHIAN, and MICHAEL PENA) are more than just comic relief in this film, playing a pivotal role in the plot's climax.

You'll want to stick around for the post-credits scenes, of which there are two. I'll tell you now that one of them you've already seen in the trailers (if you can believe that!) and the other -- well, that's going to be a secret, but not one that will get kept for infinity...

There's so much great chemistry between all the actors in this show that it's a pure joy to watch. The addition of Pfeiffer to the cast is something that will hopefully be explored in future films in this corner of the Marvel Cinematic Universe, as she has a new power set that has a lot of potential. This reviewer can't wait for more ANT-MAN AND THE WASP!

5.0 / 5.0