I guess this was the weekend of me seeing remarkably average sequels.
Ant-Man and the Wasp is the latest movie in the MCU and the second movie focusing on the world’s tiniest hero. In this one, Ant-Man must team up with The Wasp to take on a mysterious entity known as Ghost, as well as a group of black market dealers led by the always overacting Walter Goggins.
The first Ant-man movie is an underrated part of the MCU. It has a ton of humor, heart, and is a cool little heist film. The sequel fails to live up to it and misses the mark. There’s still some good things in there, with Paul Rudd still being the perfect Ant-Man. Evangeline Lilly is also good as The Wasp and Michael Douglas has a lot more to do in this one than he did in the first. When they happen, the signature Ant-Man action scenes are fun and creative. Both the ending and end credit scene are really good and tie in nicely with Infinity War.
Unfortunately, after the decent Hela in Ragnarok, the good Killmonger in Black Panther, and the fantastic Thanos in Infinity War, Marvel returns to its original form of having weak villains. The character of Ghost is neither interesting or original. The other minor villain the Walter Goggins plays is useless. I’m pretty sure someone challenged Goggins to see how many over the top villains he can play this year between this and Tomb Raider. The biggest disappointment in this one is that I felt like a lot of the humor fell flat. Obviously this is subjective and others may disagree, I just didn’t find myself laughing that much. Possibly because of this, I found a lot of the movie, the first half in particular, to just be kind of boring.
Overall, while there’s some fun to be had with Ant-Man and the Wasp, it is disappointing and not as good as the first one. I do recommend Marvel fans see it, if only for its connection to the larger universe. Paul Rudd, the few good action scenes, and some good heartfelt moments save it for me, but only barely. Ant-Man and the Wasp gets a 3.25/5.