Ever since Avengers Infinity War people were asking where Ant Man (but mostly Hawkeye) were. Well he was off having a more small scaled adventure pun intended.
The cast is just as enjoyable as they were in the first one. Paul Rudd is still likeable as Scott Lang and when Janet van Dyne possesses his body it’s hilarious. Evangeline Lilly and Michael Douglas as the Pym family are still really good too. I will admit that the romance between Scott and Hope is really underplayed. There’s not really that much chemistry between them and they feel more like action partners rather than a couple. Michael Peña is still great and funny as Luis and Ghost while not the strongest MCU villain does have understandable reasons for her actions. The comedy is also really funny. The way they use shrinking makes up for good jokes like the building suitcases or the hot wheels cars. It’s really creative and fun.
Marvel movies are known for having great actions scenes Ant Man and the Wasp’s action scenes seemed weak in comparison. The car scene was kind of cool but it felt more like something that would happen in the middle of the movie rather than near the end. The climax is also nothing compared to the first film’s climax which took place in Cassie’s room. I think another reasons the action is weak is due to the story being clunky at times. It felt like action set pieces put together in not the best in terms of structure. My brother also had a similar problem with the pacing.
The whole movie is more lighthearted and fun that is until the post credit scene. Spoilers: Scott heads into the quantum realm to gather quantum energy but ends up stranded because the Pym family disintegrating due to Thanos’s snap from Infinity War. Ever since I was Infinity War I predicted something like this would happen and I was right. It also raises questions like how are the Avengers going to meet with Ant Man or how will Scott get out of the quantum realm.
I’m not really surprised that Ant Man and the Wasp is my least favorite MCU movie of 2018, not that it’s bad, it’s more of in comparison. Ant Man and the Wasp is honestly the most fun compared to the other darker MCU movies of 2018. I think the first one is better but this was a fun sequel with a smaller scale again pun intended.
+ Great performances
+ Port credit scene
– Clunky story
– Underused romance
– Weak action