Following the events of Ant-Man, and further along, Captain America: Civil War, Scott Lang / Ant-Man (Paul Rudd – Sausage Party, Ant-Man) is now suffering the consequences of the decisions he made, and the support he lent to be a hero. Yet, Lang is also fighting another battle, that of family and father.
Soon, he is approached very persuasively, by Hope van Dyne / Wasp (Evangeline Lilly – The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug) and her father, Dr. Hank Pym (Michael Douglas – Last Vegas) with an mission that will ripple through the world of many, affecting countless lives, as Lang must now not only overcome personal obstacles, but needs to learn to work as a team as the choices of the past catch up to all.
Ant-Man and the Wasp, while possible to watch with one’s only background being the first Ant-Man film, forms part of the greater Marvel Cinematic Universe (MCU), meaning that there are not only many references in the story, based on its placement in time, but several small, and some large, setups that will forward the MCU major story arch, as a whole. Most certainly, the aforementioned films would stand one in good stead, to watch. As would the recent Avengers: Infinity War.
While the film is an adventure, it contains the usual small dose of inter-personal drama, and plenty of humour. Played out with a plethora of locations, and imaginative plot devices, manifested by some amazing special effects. A thoroughly engrossing story, that will both thrill and entertain. As with all films in the MCU, stay for the end credit scenes. You’ve been warned.
As entertaining as Ant-Man and the Wasp is, a word of caution. This is best seen in a decent cinema, where the staff care about the viewer experience, and not a cinema where after many complaints, they are as yet still unable to screen a 3D movie. With a preview screening at Cavendish being so dark that many scenes were closer to listening to radio. And yet being so dark, things got progressively darker towards the right of screen, where the image then bled off the screen. How, in these modern times, with technology and technicians, can this not be fixed? Simple solution, avoid this cinema. They don’t want to show a film properly, so go elsewhere. With tickets costing a pretty penny, why should consumers suffer? It’s not a dark film, it’s a poor quality cinema.
That being said, if one could actually see the film properly, it is a fun film, and well worth an evening out with the family for some Marvel enjoyment.
Ant-Man and the Wasp opens 6 July 2018 in South African cinemas.