Ant-Man's second outing is fun-size entertainment
When it comes to riding the wave of momentum, Marvel certainly excels at it. Shortly after Avengers: Infinity War came and changed the game for our favorite Marvel characters, the one question that everyone kept asking was this: where...was....Hawkeye? I kid, although many fans are wondering where he's at as well, the other hero that was surprisingly absent in Infinity War was none other than Ant-Man himself. Ant-Man and The Wasp's chronological setting in the Marvel Cinematic Universe is a bit confusing since the film doesn't quite elaborate how much time has passed since the first film aside from a "Present Day" banner. So it's safe to assume that it's been three years since Scott Lang (Paul Rudd) first donned...er..stole the Ant-Man suit. Scott has refrained from doing any more hero endeavors since his capture in Civil War where he was broken out thanks to Captain America. Now Scott tries to do right with his daughter while serving his two year house arrest period; however, his ties with Hank Pym (Michael Douglas) and Hope (Evangeline Lilly) have been severed because he got involved with the conflict between the Avengers which forces the two to go into hiding.
Scott inexplicably receives a message from Hank's wife Janet (Michelle Pfeiffer), the original Wasp who became trapped in the quantum realm, in a dream. Not able to make heads or tails of what it means, Scott reluctantly contacts Hank and informs him about what he just experienced, thus becoming embroiled once again in another mission to uncover more details about the quantum realm. Ant-Man and The Wasp provides that lighthearted feel-good vibe which is a clear contrast to the doom and gloom tone in Infinity War. Paul Rudd continues to play Scott's character like a natural, and Evangeline Lilly really gets to shine as the Wasp as she kicks ass left and right, and both big and small. The humor is funny and effectively laid out, delivered surprisingly well by the supporting characters and the always reliant Michael Pena. The action can get a bit crazy and a little hard to follow especially with all the "shrinkage" of our heroes.
The story leaves little to be desired, as there is not much at stake and it serves more as a filler episode that bridges the gap between what happened before Infinity War and briefly setting up where it goes afterwards. One thing that fans can feel rest assured about is that Ant-Man and The Wasp addresses the big questions of where Scott has been, where in the timeline it takes place and how it will lead up to the next Avengers film. Needless to say, fans will definitely be in for a treat as Marvel notches another win on their belt, which is basically a win for fans as well, which gets my recommendation.