The best thing about Ant-Man and the Wasp is that the trailer lied to us. There was a line in the trailer about Ghost (the bad guy) wanting to take over the world. I don’t know why that was in there, but thankfully, Ghost’s motivations aren’t quite so dire. In fact, the stakes for everyone in this film are much more personal and relatable than anything we saw in Infinity War.
This movie takes place two years after Civil War, and only a short time before Infinity War. Scott (Paul Rudd) is finishing up a two-year sentence of house arrest. Watching how he interacts with his daughter when he can’t leave his home literally made me tear up. (I guess the fact that I have a daughter very nearly the same age has something to do with that.) Scott really wants to finish up his term and rejoin the world.
But Hope (Evangeline Lilly) and Hank (Michael Douglas) have other ideas. They’re still on the run from the government. (Those pesky Sokovia Accords!) And they need some help from Scott to retrieve Janet Van Dyne (Michelle Pfeiffer) from the quantum realm. (She is Hank’s wife and Hope’s mom, in case you were curious.)
Ghost is just the nickname of Ava (Hannah John-Kamen), a young woman who has her sights set on stealing Hank’s quantum tunnel for personal reasons. She’s the closest thing we have to a “big bad” in the film, but really, there’s lots of antagonists to go around. There’s a rival scientist (Laurence Fishburne), an arms dealer (Walton Goggins), an FBI agent (Randall Park), not to mention Scott’s ex-con friends from the last film (Michael Pena, T.I., and David Dastmalchian). Everyone wants something different, and collisions between the characters abound.
The Wasp is a nice addition to the franchise. Hope is clearly better at being a superhero than Scott, and pretty much steals the show during the action sequences.
It’s all funny and exciting and even, at times, heartwarming. It’s good to know that not every film in the MCU has to be about some potentially world-ending trial.