Ant-Man And the Wasp

Ant-Man and the Wasp is a 2018 American superhero film based on the Marvel Comics characters Scott Lang / Ant-Man and Hope van Dyne / Wasp. Produced by Marvel Studios and distributed by Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures, it is the sequel to 2015’s Ant-Man, and the twentieth film in the Marvel Cinematic Universe (MCU). The film is directed by Peyton Reed and written by the writing teams of Chris McKenna and Erik Sommers, and Paul Rudd, Andrew Barrer, and Gabriel Ferrari. It stars Rudd as Lang and Evangeline Lilly as Van Dyne, alongside Michael Peña, Walton Goggins, Bobby Cannavale, Judy Greer, Tip “T.I.” Harris, David Dastmalchian, Hannah John-Kamen, Abby Ryder Fortson, Randall Park, Michelle Pfeiffer, Laurence Fishburne, and Michael Douglas.

It’s almost two years since the events of Civil War and Scott Lang is serving the last few days of his house arrest term  due to his involvement with the Avengers in violation of the Sokovia Accords. He spends his time at home waiting for the weekends when he can spend time with his young daughter.  Hank Pym and his daughter Hope van Dyne briefly manage to open a tunnel to the quantum realm. They believe Pym’s wife Janet van Dyne might be trapped there after shrinking to sub-atomic levels in 1987. When he had previously visited the quantum realm, Lang had unknowingly become quantumly entangled with Janet, and now he receives an apparent message from her. Lang contacts Pym and leaves a message bout Janet despite the strained relationship they have due to Lang’s actions with the Avengers.

Hope and Pym kidnap Lang, leaving an ant decoy, with instructions to mimic Scott’s routine at home so as not to arouse suspicion from FBI agent Jimmy Woo. the trio work to build a stable quantum tunnel so they can take a vehicle to the quantum realm and retrieve her. They arrange to buy a part needed for the tunnel from black market dealer Sonny Burch, who has realized the potential profit that can be earned from Pym’s research and double-crosses them. Donning the Wasp outfit, Hope fights off Burch and his men until she is attacked by a quantumly unstable masked woman. Lang tries to help fight off this “ghost”, but the woman escapes with Pym’s lab, which has been shrunk down to the size of a suitcase. Pym reluctantly visit his former partner Bill to track the lab. However there they are the ghost captures the trio and reveals herself to be Ava Starr. Her father Elihas, another of Pym’s former partners, died along with his wife during the experiment that caused Ava’s unstable state. Foster reveals that he has been helping Ava, whom they plan to cure using Janet’s quantum energy. Believing that this will kill Janet, Pym refuses to help them and escapes with Hope, Lang, and the lab.

Hope, Scott & Pym open a stable version of the tunnel and are able to contact Janet, who gives them a precise location to find her but warns that they only have two hours before the unstable nature of the realm separates them. Using a truth serum, Burch learns the trio’s location from Lang’s business partners Luis, Dave, and Kurt, and informs a contact at the FBI. Luis warns Lang, who rushes home before Woo can see him violating his house arrest. Pym and Hope are arrested by the FBI, allowing Ava to take the lab. Lang is soon able to help Pym and Hope escape custody, and they find the lab. Lang and Hope distract Ava while Pym enters the quantum realm to retrieve Janet, but Burch and his men also attack Lang and Hope which allows Ava to begin forcibly taking Janet’s energy.  Luis, Dave, and Kurt help incapacitate Burch and his men so that Lang and Hope can stop Ava. Pym and Janet return safely from the quantum realm, and Janet voluntarily gifts some of her energy to Ava to temporarily stabilize her.

Scott returns home before the FBI can check, aided in part by his daughter who is also there with her mother & her new husband and Woo has to release him at the end of his house arrest as the two years is now up. Ava and Foster go into hiding, with the latter promising to help her find a permanent solution. Pym & Janet take their house to an island beach to start a new life. In the credit scene Pym, Lang, Hope, and Janet plan to harvest quantum energy to help Ava remain stable. While Lang is in the quantum realm doing this, the other three disintegrate due to Thanos.

While the majority of the film is most funny and entertaining I found the ending to be really good leaving us in doubt as to what will happen to the trio. We know that Scott Lang comes back in the Avengers Endgame film so how does he comes out of the quantum realm without help from the scientists? I guess we will have to wait for April to know how that comes to be. I enjoyed the film with it’s blend of action and comedy. I give it an 8 outta 10!

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