Rating 3/5 – Is Ant-Man and the Wasp a good try for Marvel to represent heroes who are not white and male? Isn’t there Black Widow? And if you’re going to say that Black Widow has no superpowers, neither does Hawkeye, and Captain America isn’t exactly Spider-Man level of super strength. Ant-Man and the Wasp could have been a step in the right direction. It was fun, entertaining, the characters were likable and the story was no better or worse than any comic book movie or comic book period I’ve read through the years. It’s a step in the right direction because Evangeline Lilly is far more fun to watch in action than Paul Rudd. In fact, I’m not sure what it is about Paul Rudd that’s supposed to make him so special. I have nothing against him but they say his name like he’s been in all these great movies or something. I do like his relationship with Cassie, his daughter but the conflict between his wife is the male character problem #6 – ex-con can’t get ex-wife to let him see his daughter. However, Ant-Man and The Wasp has a sneaky flaw that I don’t think the creators actually intended. It’s basically a damsel in distress story.
Ant-Man and The Wasp – Duo Damsels
Our first damsel is also the main villain of the movie, The Ghost played by Killjoy‘s Hannah John-Kamen. She got affected by Quantum energy because her father was disgraced by Hank Pym and tried to redeem himself by privately proving his Quantum theories. She can go through walls, or squeeze your heart through your chest. According to the movie she’s been a shield assassin but the Quantum energy not only hurts her but will eventually kill her. She believes the lost Janet Van Dyne will have the quantum energy she needs to cure herself. That leads to the second damsel in distress, Janet Van Dyne. We comic fans were looking forward to the Wasp making an appearance because she’s actually one of the original Avengers. As established in Ant-Man, Janet struck down too far and got lost in the quantum realm. Hank Pym believed there was no way to retrieve her until Scott survived the trip. They need Scott to go get back and see if he can locate her himself.
First World Super Hero Problems
Ant-Man and the Wasp start off after the end of Captain America Civil War. Scott is in the final days of his house arrest and has the FBI on his back since there is no Shield right now. He’s looking forward to his probation and house arrest being over so he can spend more time with his daughter Cassie. Hank and Hope are on the run as they have violated the Sakovia Accords but they are determined to save Janet. This is one of the things people like about Ant-Man. It’s not about the end of the world, the stakes are small and personal and the set-ups leave a lot of room for some really good comedy. If I had one complaint it would be we didn’t get enough Michael Peña storytelling – which was the highlight of the first movie. But we did get one and that one was AWESOME in every way.
Like I said, this was a small movie with personal stakes and that’s all Ant-Man and the Wasp really had to be. I don’t think the damsel in distress angel was intentional after all the Janel lost in the quantum realm was pretty much set up in the first movie. Sure it has some throwaway villains, but what movie can you name, good or bad, doesn’t. They were there to serve the purpose of not having Ant-Man and the Wasp hurt, main or kill FBI agents. (They are supposed to be the good guys.) It had a weird connection with Avengers: Infinity War and an extremely useless final credit scene. (Seriously dudes, you already did that shit in the movie, we didn’t need to see it again.) It’s worth a watch but doesn’t expect the paradigm shift of a Black Panther or the major upheaval that was Infinity War. It good enough and really that’s all we want from a movie about a guy who shrinks and talks to ants.