Onto the second film in our Avengers marathon!
When inventor Hank Pym (Michael Douglas) and his daughter, Hope van Dyne (Evangeline Lilly) become aware that Janet van Dyne (Michelle Pfeiffer) – Hank’s wife and Hope’s mother – may be trapped in the quantum realm, they have no choice but to turn to Scott Lang (Paul Rudd).
Scott has briefly visited the quantum realm and Janet is communicating with him via dreams that could pinpoint her location. The problem is Hank and Hope are pretty pissed off with Scott after he used his Ant-Man suit to help out The Avengers and Scott is under house arrest being closely monitored by S.H.I.E.L.D.. And if that wasn’t enough, Sonny Burch (Walter Goggins) is trying to steal Hank’s lab to sell on the black market and Pym’s former colleague, Bill Foster (Laurence Fishburn) wants to use Janet’s energy to cure his ward, Ava (Hannah John-Kamen) from her molecular instability.
What ensues is much cat and mouse and expansions and contractions of everything as Ant-Man, now accompanied by Hope as The Wasp, attempt to rescue Janet before time runs out.
Ant-Man and The Wasp is funny, irreverent and clever. It is helped massively by spot on casting and a willingness to explore some of the more zany aspects of The Marvel Universe. The truth serum scenes are excellent as is everything involving both Michael Peña, as Scott’s former cell mate and Randall Park as his S.H.I.E.L.D. minder.
Does it have one too many plot lines? Possibly. Did we really need another Ant-Man film? Probably not. Is it worth a watch? Yes. Is it as forgettable as the first one? Yes, but definitely more coherent.
Perfect boring weeknight fare.