Movie Review: Marvel’s Ant-Man and The Wasp is Light-Hearted Action-Packed Romp 

Marvel's Ant-Man and The Wasp

Marvel’s Ant-Man and The Wasp hits theaters this weekend, and it’s everything you loved from the first movie, and more.

Set slightly before the events of Avengers: Infinity Wars, the plot picks up with Scott Lang (Paul Rudd) on house arrest, and Dr. Hank Pym and his daughter Hope van Dyne on the run for violating the Sokovia Accords.

As Lang struggles to rebalance his home life with his responsibilities as Ant-Man, he’s confronted by Hope and Hank with an urgent new mission. They want to try to retrieve Hope’s mom, Janet (Michelle Pfeiffer), from the Quantum Realm.

Marvel's Ant-Man and The Wasp - Hank & Hope

Scott must once again put on the suit and learn to fight alongside Hope’s superhero identity, The Wasp (becoming the first female Marvel superhero to get a title credit), as the team works together to uncover secrets from the past.

They are foiled by not one, but two sources. One, a black market dealer named Sonny Burch (Walter Coggins), who wants Pym’s Quantum technology. The other, known as The Ghost (Hannah John-Kamen), a mysterious figure who phases in and out of reality, making it more difficult to fight.

Marvel's Ant-Man and The Wasp - The Ghost

While the mission is serious, the movie exploits every opportunity to be funny. Lang’s friends, Luis (Michael Pena), Dave (Tip “T.I.” Harris), and Kurt (David Dastmalchian), are back to provide a lot of laughs, along with numerous sight gags…especially comical are the ones when Lang’s suit malfunctions.

My spoiler-free review is Ant-Man and The Wasp is a hilarious, action-packed superhero movie that provides a light-hearted fun summer movie experience. I also recommend seeing it in 3D or IMAX – the Quantum Realm looks amazing with the added effects.

Keep scrolling for a more in-depth spoiler-ish review:

Marvel's Ant-Man and The Wasp - Cassie & Scott

As Ant-Man and The Wasp picks up, Scott Lang is nearing the end of his house arrest from the events of the first Ant-Man movie. He has turned his whole house into a playground for when his daughter Cassie (Abby Ryder Fortson) visits.

Not only can he not leave the house, but he can’t have any contact with Dr. Hank Pym or his daughter Hope van Dyne, who are in hiding.

All that is put in jeopardy when Hank and Hope show up wanting him to help them go into the Quantum Realm to save Hope’s mother Janet, who was lost when Hope was a child.

Marvel's Ant-Man and The Wasp - Sonny

In trying to put together the machine to get to the Quantum Realm, Hope has to deal with an black market purveyor, Sonny Burch. But Burch has his sights set on controlling Hank’s newest piece of technology—and the billions of dollars it will bring him.

Complicating matters is The Ghost, a creature that phases from solid to invisible who also wants the technology. The trio has to turn to a former co-worker of Hank’s, Bill Foster (Laurence Fishburne), for help, but since he and Hank parted under bad circumstances, he’s not all that willing to lend his expertise.

Marvel's Ant-Man and The Wasp - Bill

Meanwhile, Lang is dogged by an FBI agent determined to catch him violating his house arrest.

There are a lot of moving parts in this movie, but they’re helped into place by a liberal amount of humor. Lang’s ex-con friends Luis, Dave, and Kurt are back to lend a helping hand along with plenty of jokes. And yes, Luis gets to spin another long-winded story, which is even funnier than the one in the first movie.

Marvel's Ant-Man and The Wasp - Luis

The movie makes good use of sight gags as Lang goes small and big in this movie. One scene that takes place when Scott and Hope have to break into Cassie’s school to retrieve something made me choke with laughter.

That humor is a big part of Ant-Man and The Wasp‘s charm. It’s a serious superhero movie that isn’t afraid to be goofy and silly.

Marvel's Ant-Man and The Wasp - Hello Kitty

Ant-Man and The Wasp is just a really fun summer superhero movie, and I recommend it for the whole family.

And yes, there are two end credit scenes – the staple for Marvel movies. The mid-credit scene is a bit somber as it aligns the movie with what’s happening with the Marvel universe at large. The second is just silly. I also loved the first part of the credits, where key scenes from the movie were recreated in miniature dioramas.

Marvel's Ant-Man and The Wasp

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MARVEL’S ANT-MAN AND THE WASP

Director: Peyton Reed
Cast: Paul Rudd, Evangeline Lilly, Michael Peña, Walton Goggins, Bobby Cannavale, Judy Greer, Tip “T.I.” Harris, David Dastmalchian, Hannah John-Kamen, Abby Ryder Fortson, Randall Park, with Michelle Pfeiffer, with Laurence Fishburne, and Michael Douglas
Rated: PG-13
Website: marvel.com

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{All images courtesy of and copyright Walt Disney Pictures]


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Comments: 8

  1. Shannon Gurnee - Redhead Mom Blog July 9, 2018 at 12:58 pm Reply

    We just saw this other day and loved it! I love how much comedy there was and it has Paul Rudd, so you know it will be good!

  2. Agnes Dela Cruz July 9, 2018 at 8:35 am Reply

    We have this on our list! From the first one to this, I am even more excited to watch it!

  3. Ada July 7, 2018 at 12:29 am Reply

    This sounds like the best movie! I’m hoping to go and see this maybe tomorrow for a date night!

  4. Heather July 6, 2018 at 7:32 pm Reply

    I can’t wait to see this movie! It has some of my favorite people in it.

  5. Terri Beavers July 6, 2018 at 4:32 pm Reply

    I just can’t wait to take the kids to see this. We had to wait until they got back from camp or we would have gone already. I’m as excited as the kids are especially after reading your review.

  6. Emma Riley July 6, 2018 at 2:54 am Reply

    That’s another great review and very informative. I loved marvel movies especially how they make the fight scene so intense. The CGI is top notched.

  7. Marcie July 5, 2018 at 11:40 pm Reply

    I know my husband is really looking forward to watching them! Maybe it will be okay for my kids to watch when it comes on demand!

  8. valerie christie July 5, 2018 at 1:52 pm Reply

    That is a good review. Thanks for sharing. I guess that humor helps too. So, maybe I will take my family to go see it.

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