'Ant-Man and The Wasp' review

Written by: Karen Benitez

Features, Film | Jul 17, 2018

Ant-Man and The Wasp Marvel

Considering the movie has been out for some time, the review will contain some spoilers for Ant-Man and The Wasp.

Oh, wow. This Marvel movie has been out for a bit and we're just releasing a review now? Like, what happened? Hey, give us a break, life's been tough out there as it is.

Nonetheless let's talk about Ant-Man and The Wasp. Even for a little bit, for archival purposes.

It's funny how this movie plays with the title. There are two Ant-Mans and two Wasps. The relationship between Ant-Man 2 and Wasp 2, Scott Lang and Hope Van Dyne, is there for the cheers, butterflies, and all punching. This movie focuses more on the first Ant-Man and the Wasp, Hank Pym and Janet Van Dyne.

Since the first movie, I see Ant-Man as something that tackles the sometimes complicated nature of father issues. In the first film, you've got Hank and Hope, Scott and Cassie, that guy who suspiciously looks like Ezekiel Stane (Son of Obadiah Stane, the first villain of the MCU, Iron Man, but I'm not talking about them, I'm talking about Darren Cross) and Hank.

Ant-Man and The Wasp has enlightened me that this particular MCU series is going to be movies that tackles the sometimes complicated issues of parents. Without giving too much away in this paragraph, there are parental issues surrounding in most of the main players in this movie.

After a little over a decade, Marvel and Disney is starting to put a little more effort into developing their villains. Hela in Thor Ragnarok received a nice amount of screen time, Vulture from Spider-Man: Homecoming follows the tradition of the late co-creator Steve Ditko's philosophy of Spider-Man villains being everyday normal folks, and Thanos being Thanos.

The main antagonist of Ant-Man and The Wasp is Ghost, played by the voraciously gorgeous Hannah John-Kamen, is probably my second favorite MCU villain after Black Panther's Erik Killmonger. Unlike most villains the other movies, Ghost has no grand plans to destroying half the city, making a profit, or starting a revolution. She is in pain and wants it to stop. Survival is her endgame. I think that's the most relatable thing for many out there who'd do anything to live.

Other publications have noted that this is Marvel's funniest movie yet. And then the next one shows up and that will be the new funniest. No, Ant-Man and The Wasp is not the funniest, I reserve that spot for Guardians of the Galaxy, Spider-Man: Homecoming, and Thor: Ragnarok, though in future re-watches I'll have to double check. But Ant-Man and The Wasp has plenty of laughs for you, with situations that would make you holler, and spit out that diet coke you're drinking on the exact moment that scene plays out.

Ant-Man and The Wasp is a great movie and I'm excited for a third one in a few years. (You know it's going to happen!) The mid-credits scene is notorious for reminding us what happened in Avengers: Infinity War. You know, I was kind of hoping that when the big snap happens, Scott would be holding Cassie. It'd be a surprisingly dark twist to a happy-go-lucky movie. Damn it, Disney!

About the author: Karen Benitez

Skater, musician, carpenter, gamer. Karen is interested in culture, science fiction, and Cthulhu. She participated in MMA bouts, got her ass kicked many times, and ended up with broken bones. Life is good.

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