“Ant-Man” has gone down as Marvel Studios’ more middle-of-the-road efforts. It’s not a bad movie by any measure, in fact it’s quite a lot of fun. It’s also about as formulaic as superhero flicks get. Along with “Doctor Strange” this one gets singled out as the studio’s play-it-safe approach. Especially in the wake of Edgar Wright’s infamous falling out with Marvel over his vision of the tiny Avenger. So when they announced “Ant-Man and The Wasp” one naturally has to wonder if they’re going to do something fresh, or stick to formula once more.
The first footage dropped today, giving us an inkling of what returning director Peyton Reed is up to. And it pretty much looks like more of the same, just with more characters and a bigger scope. I am of course hoping to be wrong. Maybe the addition of Hope van Dyne aka the titular Wasp will change the whole dynamic of the sequel, and we’ll get something akin to a buddy-cop actioner. If not, there are far worse ways to spend 120 minutes than this. Apart from that, the main issue I want addressed here is the horribly regressive way Scott Lang/Ant-Man’s character was treated in “Captain America: Civil War”. He spent the whole first movie trying to get out of a life of crime for his daughter’s sake, but in “Civil War” all that went right out the window. It’s just one of that movie’s many serious characterisation problems that critics and fans apparently missed or didn’t care about. The lack of lasting repercussions in the MCU is a major concern, one I hope they address here.
Here’s the official synopsis: “From the Marvel Cinematic Universe comes “Ant Man and the Wasp,” a new chapter featuring heroes with the astonishing ability to shrink. In the aftermath of “Captain America: Civil War,” Scott Lang grapples with the consequences of his choices as both a Super Hero and a father. As he struggles to rebalance his home life with his responsibilities as Ant-Man, he’s confronted by Hope van Dyne and Dr. Hank Pym with an urgent new mission. Scott must once again put on the suit and learn to fight alongside the Wasp as the team works together to uncover secrets from the past.”
“Ant-Man And The Wasp” is written by Chris McKenna and Erik Sommers, Paul Rudd, Andrew Barrer and Gabriel Ferrari, directed by Peyton Reed, and also stars Michael Peña, Walton Goggins, Bobby Cannavale, Judy Greer, Tip “T.I.” Harris, David Dastmalchian, Hannah John Kamen, Abby Ryder-Fortson, and Randall Park, with Michelle Pfeiffer, Laurence Fishburne, and Michael Douglas. It premieres 6th July.