Size does matter.
When we last saw Scott Lang/Ant-Man (Paul Rudd), he was being held prisoner for aiding Captain America during the airport battle in Captain America: Civil War. Now, he’s under house arrest for violating the Sokovia Accords, and trying his best to look after his daughter Cassie (Abby Ryder Fortson), whilst still supporting his best friend Luis (Michael Peña) in his new security and surveillance business.
Meanwhile, as known associates of Lang, Hope Van Dyne (Evangeline Lilly) and Hank Pym (Michael Douglas) are on the run. Knowing that Scott was able to enter the Quantum Realm and return alive has given them hope that Janet (Hank’s wife and Hope’s mother) could still be trapped in there – and may be alive.
They begin to gather their resources while in hiding to create a machine that will allow them to enter the Quantum Realm and bring her back. However, their best laid plans are interfered with by the mysterious Ghost (Hannah John-Kamen) – where does she fit in, and what does she have to do with Hank’s past?
Following in the footsteps of the first film, Ant-Man and the Wasp is still very much a comedy, with a little bit of heist and chase action thrown in.
With Lilly donning the wings of the Wasp, fight choreography is now a lot more complex, and many of the action scenes are remarkably well staged. The scaled sequences have also been improved, and the special effects are so great you’ll forget you’re watching tiny shrunken people kicking over pots and pans.
Though it’s a rare occurrence, this sequel improves in almost every way on the original film, with more action, more size-changing, and best of all, more Wasp. If you’re wondering where Ant-Man and the Wasp fits in with the rest of the Marvel Cinematic Universe, the two post-credits scenes will help you out there, and we can’t wait to see what the future holds for these pint-sized heroes.
In cinemas: July 5, 2018
Starring: Paul Rudd, Evangeline Lilly, Michael Douglas
Directed by: Peyton Reed