Ant-Man and the Wasp Review

Daniel Dern: In Marvel’s Ant-Man movie, Scott Lang, a down-on-his-luck-turned-to-petty-theft guy steals Dr. Hank Pym’s size-changing suit; mayhem, hijinks and hilarity ensue. Along comes Marvel’s CIVIL WAR movie, Ant-Man steps in political <deleted>, and, as Ant-Man and the Wasp, opens, his two years of house arrest are nearly
up.

Like Spider-Man: Homecoming (which had, IMHO, more than its share of avoidable problems and stupidity, but also had a lot of great stuff, notably the “Dad talk scene” (see #7 in the Pixel Scroll for 4/30/18), Ant-Man And the Wasp shows that comic/superhero movies don’t have to have the fate of the country/world/galaxy/universe/multi-verse at stake, sometimes smaller, more local problems and challenges make more sense.

(Which is part of what’s nice about NetFlix’s Marvel TV shows, DC’s Black Lightning, Amazon’s The Tick, etc…)

We went to see A-M&TW last night, with fellow fans (at a comfy-chair theater, as it happens), and enjoyed it a lot. They had me at the first scene (which I won’t spoil by saying anything more about it). In fact, I’m simply going to say, “we (our party of five) all liked it, and if you’re at least a casual superhero comic fan, you’ll like it to.” Fun action,
lots of size-changing-based plot gimmicks. With great power comes some big oopsies, etc.

Yes, Stan Lee does have a cameo appearance.

Note, there are two “Easter Eggs” (post-end-of-plot scenes) – one after the first short batch of credits, and then one after all the others. The first one, you do want to stay for; the second one, amusing but missable.

While this movie’s activity does take place within the larger Marvel movie-verse continuity, you don’t have to have seen or know about any of the other Marvel movies, and having seen them will only slightly enhance your enjoyment. (Versus, say, the recent Thor: Ragnarok, which made much more sense and was much more fun if you’d seen Guardians of the Galaxy, Civil War, etc.)

Recommended, two small thumbs and antennae up.

Ant Man Roundup

Compiled by Carl Slaughter:

  • Stan Lee’s Ant Man and the Wasp cameo is a bit sad says ScreenRant

The dialogue is evidently meant to imply that Lee’s latest character believes himself to be suffering the residual effects of youthful drug abuse, but that’s not what’s likely to trouble some fans. Rather, it’s the more specific association of Lee himself with memory and/or reality-perception problems, as the beloved comics creator has recently featured in the news in a series of tragic and increasingly desperate-sounding reports of deteriorating mental health and elder abuse allegations.

  • 20 things about Ant Man the Wasp’s relationship only true fans know, according to ScreenRant

‘Originally introduced in 1963, the duo were conceived through the pages of Tales to Astonish, eventually serving as the original team that made up the Avengers.

Flash forward over 50 years into the future and the pair has been through thrilling highs and remarkable lows, leading to the first MCU co-featured superhero title.

The Ant-Man sequel follows the relationship of Scott Lang and Hope van Dyne, but original characters Hank Pym and Janet van Dyne also receive significant screen time.

The couple has the craziest history compared to anyone else who adopted the mantle of the character, and one of the most tumultuous relationships in comic book history.

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