Ant-Man and the Wasp is Ant-Man’s third entry into his own story but is a direct sequel to the first movie. It’s situations like this where the shared universe starts to show it’s weakness. Captain America: Civil War makes a major impact on this movie, but is not an Ant-Man film. Nor does it truly explore all of Scott’s motivations for the decisions he made in Civil War. So Ant-Man and the Wasp has to spend time establishing the current status quo and fill in some of the gaps that need explaining.
Where the first film was a fun heist movie, this film takes a different direction and shows our heroes on the run as they make attempts to save the original Wasp who is stuck in the quantum realm. The movie spends some time in this realm as they do finally save Janet van Dyne.
Hope van Dyne as the Wasp was a welcome addition to the action. I can’t wait to see her in the larger group setting down the road.
Connections to the Avengers
Though small, this movie does set up some potential implications for Endgame. A few thoughts:
Scott Lang will have to play a role in saving the day or giving the Avengers a chance to turn this thing around, but how vital is he? One question that has been posed is the timing of Scott’s decent into the quantum realm. If the scene is real time, he wasn’t there very long before the snap. How vital was it to the one timeline Doctor Strange saw that Scott would be stuck in the quantum realm? Was his giving up the time stone at the exact time he did, key to ensure Scott would be where he’d need to be at the right time?
Time travel has been speculated to play a role in Endgame, although that’s not necessarily a given. However, it seems very probable. Bill Foster explains that there are parallel realities and Scott is implored to not get sucked into a “time vortex” in the first post-credits scene. This feels like set up for Endgame and not Ant-Man 3.
We also get a small glimpse at the world post-snap during the final post-credits scene. Scott’s house is vacant but the TV is on with the emergency broadcast signal blaring. While this isn’t much detail, we do see the world at large has entered into a state of emergency. How long after Infinity War does this scene take place? It’s not certain, but probably just the day of the snap.
I was a big fan of the first Ant-Man. It was different, it felt simultaneously a part of the MCU, and also apart from the MCU. If you get what I mean. Paul Rudd was, at first, an odd choice for this. Don’t get me wrong I love the guy, but now I “get it”. He’s perfect.
With the sequel, I was mainly looking forward to the furthering of Evangeline Lily’s Hope character into a more fully realized hero character. And the villain, Ghost, looked cool.
One of the things I think I love about this sequel is that one of the subplots involves fallout for Scott over why Wasp didn’t come with him for Civil War. I didn’t even need an explanation or fallout from that, but I got it. And I loved it. I love the chemistry between Scott and Hope and I love that Hope is fully competent as the Wasp while Scott feels like he’s winging it the entire time. I love the varied use of the shrinking technology throughout the movie. I mostly like Ghost as the antagonist.
This was a good sequel. I enjoy seeing what these characters are getting up to on their own, but I look forward to them joining the MCU proper for Endgame.