Ant-Man and the Wasp does not really add anything extraordinary to the MCU, it acts as a small comedic filler on the way to the untitled Avengers film.
By Sean D. Hartman
With the box office blockbuster that was Avengers: Infinity War, and its subsequent shock ending that puts a whole new spin for the sequel, it seems Marvel just decided for an easy, laid back satire to cleanse the pallet.
Ant-Man and the Wasp does not really add anything extraordinary to the MCU, it acts as a small comedic filler on the way to the untitled Avengers film. If you see this movie as that, you will enjoy it. If not, prepare to be disappointed.
The movie follows Scott Lang playing the role of Paul Rudd, engaging in childish games whilst under house arrest having signed a plea deal to avoid the Pym Family. But when quantum dreams from Dr. Pym’s long-lost wife Michelle Pfeiffer—who was originally going to play Hope Van Dyne—Scott must join up with the Pyms again to save the world with size-based humor, all while trying to avoid being arrested by the guy who played Kim Jong-Un in The Interview.
Along the way they are attacked by a ghost, a phasing supervillain who is trying to cure herself of her phasing—like villains do, you know?
The trailers very much emphasize your reality, this is a satirical romp meant for frivolous enjoyment in between the doom and gloom of the Avengers movies. It really offers no overt connection to the Avengers movies outside of an obvious mid-credit scene (placing Ant-Man and the Wasp before Infinity War in the timeline).
The movie could have a covert connection with use of the quantum realm. Several set pictures have led fans to speculate that there will be an attempt to go back to the events of the first Avengers, and there are hints that seem to imply a connection between the quantum realm and temporal displacement.
I would highly recommend seeing this movie at a matinee more so than pay an exorbitant price, but it is definitely an enjoyable film that you can see for a good laugh, before remembering sadly what happened to the Avengers.
Sean David Hartman is a reporter for the Central Florida Post, covering entertainment and public affairs. He describes himself as a “Professional Political Nuisance” and goes after politicians on both sides. Hartman is an autism rights activist, and #ProudlyAutistic.