The sequel can not compete with the artistic integrity of “Black Panther” or with the epic and unpredictable entertainment of “Avengers Infinity War“. This does not mean that the film is a failure or that the Marvel film universe is in decline. The new adventure of Ant-Man is entertaining, much more ambitious visually and extremely fun.
The tone and humor, which is worked in a much more organic than the most ridiculous and unpredictable moments of “Thor Ragnarok”, are the best resources of the 20 th film of Marvel Studios in its first decade of production. This is accentuated by the script (which again has the proven contribution of Paul Rudd with four other writers) and the inventiveness of Peyton Reed’s management.
What this Marvel movie does not achieve is to recreate the original energy of the original film. Like the second film of “Guardians of the Galaxy“, “Ant-Man and the Wasp” retains the same frequency of the first film and extends it to leave the fans of these sagas satisfied, but with nothing new to celebrate.
Besides not being able to generate the spark of originality of the first film, part of what neutralizes the impact of the solid entertainment of this film is that the plot registers as a temporary detour that in some way will mesh with the great mystery of how it is going to solve the problem that created the conclusion of “Infinity War”. Without the extinction of half the population of the entire universe, the scale of this adventure of Scott Lang (Rudd), Hope van Dyne (Evangeline Lily) and Hank Pym (Michael Douglas) feels quite tiny and not only because the protagonists They can be reduced to the size of the insects headlines.
It gets even more complicated when a mysterious figure (Hannah John-Kammen), who has the ability to appear and disappear like a ghost, steals the technology that allows her to jump to the Quantum Realm where Janet Van Dyne (Pfeiffer) is lost for more than three decades
Along with the humor and the way in which the direction of Reed is in charge to give more weight to the jokes that to the “vital information” that maintains the details of the plot, the best moments of this film occur when Evangeline Lily enters action as The Wasp. Still, it is a bit frustrating that to give more space to this heroine the writers have chosen to subtract the figure of Ant-Man. Instead of finding a way in which the two characters can work in their team, on several occasions Scott makes mistakes that conveniently generate more obstacles in order to fulfill the main mission. This not only detracts from Antman’s credibility as a hero but also wastes the main role of “Ghost” as the antagonist of the film.
Despite all these setbacks, “Ant-Man and The Wasp” works largely because of its effective fusion of adventure and humor, and for raising promises that will apparently be fulfilled in subsequent films.
Those who are counting the days for when the next adventure of the “Avengers” is released should definitely stay at the cinema during the final credits of this film.