First of all I did not like the first Ant-Man movie. I felt it did nothing to the MCU canon, had a simplistic story and too much time was wasted in scene setting. I was not really looking forward to a sequel but at this point, I’m heavily invested in the MCU, especially now that the world is jeopardized due to Thanos’ infinity glove.
The setting the Ant-Man sequel takes place two years after the Civil War, Ant-Man is undergoing house arrest due to some destruction he caused in Berlin, fighting agaisnt Iron-Man. Which means, that while this Ant-Man adventure is going on, Thanos is still in the process of collecting the stones for his infinity glove.
The plot of the film itself is simple, The original Ant-Man , Hank Pym wants the current Ant-Man to go to the Quantum Realm with his daughter, now called The Wasp. in order to save his wife. This is due to the fact that Ant-Man has a connection with the Quantum Realm. In the meantime a victim of Pym’s earlier experiments needs to go to the quantum realm as well in order to restore herself. On top of that there’s Ant-Man’s house arrest and some agents after Pym’s machinery.
After Infinity War, which was pretty grim, I was hoping that Ant-Man and the Wasp would be lighter and, thankfully it is. In fact I will say that this film is definitely the funniest one in the whole MCU franchise. The jokes come fast, both visual and verbal. Obviously due to Ant-Man’s shifting abilities, most of the jokes centre around Ant-Man’s size, one particularly inspired scene involves him going to a school in order to retrieve his old costume and I laughed loudly. There’s excellent timing, quite a few running gags and each actor has his own funny part.
Also whereas in the first Ant-Man all the characters seemed uncomfortable around each other, here they are at ease and there’s perfect chemistry with everyone, especially Michael Pena, who steals the show in every single way.
Not only that but I liked the fact that The Wasp is given an equally important role, most Marvel films tend to downplay the female superheroes but there’s gender equality all around. Something, I hope to see more of in the future (well in March we’ve got Captain Marvel so that should be good)
In all this is a light-hearted film, however as I have learnt that the funnier MCU films are the more important ones in the canon. With Ant-Man and the Wasp, we get an in depth look at the quantum realm, something which will crop up in May’s Infinity War sequel, an important mid-credits sequence (ignore the one at the end, it’s a waste of time) and the introduction of Goliath, which may mean the full involvement of the Fantastic Four, so despite the laughs, this film could be quite crucial for linking the upcoming ones.