If you’re still recovering from the events of Infinity War but can’t get enough of you’re yearly allotted Marvel fix, then a small adventure should keep you going until the next big event. Following up from 2015’s surprise hit superhero-family drama- heist movie, now Marvel’s first (and original) power couple makes an impact on the big screen.
After Civil War, Scott Lang (Paul Rudd) is living under house arrest and the watchful eye of FBI agent Jimmy Woo (Randall Park). For aiding and abetting Scott, Hank Pym (Michael Douglas) and Hope (Evangeline Lily) are on the run and in hiding. While Scott attempts to lead a normal life, Hank and Hope recalling Scott’s escape from the subatomic Quantum Realm, theorise that Hope’s mother and Hank’s wife Janet (Michelle Pfeiffer) could still be alive. Scott receives a vision Janet left him while he was in the Quantum Realm, Hank and Hope build a device to travel into the Realm and rescue her.
Unfortunately Pym’s shrunken lab is stolen by the Ghost (Hannah John-Kamen), a high tech thief who can disappear and walk through solid objects. Needing a way to track the lab, the trio go to Hank’s old colleague Bill Foster (Laurence Fishburne). Per Foster’s advice, they locate the lab but are blindsided by the Ghost. Wakening to find themselves held hostage, Foster reveals himself allied with the Ghost, who is in reality a woman named Eva. Foster wants Pym’s lab in the hope that he can use it to cure Eva and prevent her atoms from permanently losing cohesion- but the cost is that Janet would have to be sacrificed.
Escaping capture, Scott, Hope and Hank race against the clock to pull Janet from the Quantum Realm while contending with Ghost and Foster, and evading the Feds as well as a persistent crime lord. Hope comes into her own as the new Wasp and the movie makes it clear that Scott and Hope are partners on equal footing. Unique among superhero films, Ant-man and the Wasp doesn’t really have any villains; Bill Foster and Eva are wholly sympathetic and serve as foils to Hank and Hope with their own father-daughter relationship. And of course Louis (Michael Pena) is the master storyteller. A bit sized adventure with a big heart.
(Next time, Ant-Man and the Wasp foil the Mafia’s annual pick nick)
(DC can’t help but shoehorn Batman into everything, but Marvel made successful movies with Ant-man, Guardians of the Galaxy and Big Hero fr****** Six. This is indeed a strange reality.)
By Daniel Murphy