With Ant-Man being the introduction of lesser-known superheroes in the Marvel Universe, Ant-Man and the Wasp (in theaters July 6th) is a perfect continuation of these characters. Seeing as we know now how the suit was made and how quantum physics plays into the lives of Hank Pym, Hope van Dyne, and Scott Lang we can understand the story that unfolds in Ant-Man and the Wasp because it’s entirely based on quantum energy.
If you watched Captain America: Civil War you will know that yes, Scott Lang/Ant-Man (Paul Rudd) does show up to help Cap. You will also know that as a result he got in big trouble over it and ended up on house arrest for 2 years. During these years he starts a business, develops an amicable relationship with his ex and her new husband, and learns some close-up magic. And eats cereal. Lots of cereal.
Ant-Man and the Wasp begins with a mere 3 days left on Scott’s house arrest for his do-good wrong-doings when he gets a call of sorts back to becoming the Ant-Man again. I will leave it at that because, well, I don’t want to spoil it for you. Marvel would shoot a blow-dart at me if I did…
What I can tell you is that Ant-Man and the Wasp carry on the Marvel tradition of continuing the story expertly, weaving and mixing the themes and “easter eggs” into scenes flawlessly, and keeping you wanting more. Speaking of easter eggs, Darth Vader does make an appearance if you look closely, so let me know when you find him. And while this is an action film, it’s also comedy and family.
Chatting with Peyton Reed he said the theme of the film is family and relationships – the father/daughter relationships of Hank Pym (Michael Douglas)/Hope and Scott/Cassie seem to mirror each other in ways – the way the fathers both protect their daughters but at the same time the daughters are strong and independent in their own rights. Also the relationships between Scott/Hope and Hank/Janet are beautiful and inspiring.
One BIG thing I need to mention about this film – the female characters TAKE it. 1000%. Evangeline Lilly is phenomenal as The Wasp. Her fight scenes are like ballet rather than masculine as we normally see fights. She’s tough and graceful at the same time. Hannah John-Kamen is equally wonderful in her performance and is one to watch. She emotes such strength, determination and pain while keeping her femininity close. These women show all women that yes, we can do it all.
The entire film was fun, endearing, and exciting. FYI: as with all Marvel films there are 2 end-credit scenes you absolutely need to watch so be sure to not miss them. You will kick yourself if you do.