MOVIE REVIEW: Ant-Man and the Wasp

The sequel to 2015's Ant-Man is funny, fast-paced, and full of quantum science (sort of ... )
ant-man and the wasp "Who says I have to be small all the time? I wanna be big!" Ant-Man is back and bigger than ever. Except when he's not. (Film Frame...©Marvel Studios 2018)


You know what movie world we haven't heard from in a little while? The Marvel Cinematic Universe (MCU).

Just kidding. In the past twelve months already we've:

  • tagged along as Spider-Man learned how to become a superhero on his own terms
  • watched Thor try to save his home world from a prophecy of oblivion
  • been introduced to Wakanda, a.k.a. the greatest hidden kingdom on Earth
  • seen nearly every superhero alive participate in a giant battle royale against a jewel-hungry supergod

Whew! When are these people going to start slacking off already?

The answer to that question? Not just yet.

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Ant-Man hops on his sweet ride while the Wasp flies solo. (Film Frame..©Marvel Studios 2018)

Look out world, Ant-Man and the Wasp is opening this Friday!

Just trying to be a normal guy

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"Hell-ooooo? Rad dad here! No need for the superhero funny business!" (Film Frame..©Marvel Studios 2018)

This movie features practically the only characters who weren't traveling across all of space and time in April's huge Avengers: Infinity War. And it shows. For once, the entire universe isn't at stake. Instead, the story centers around family... (Awww!)

...lost in another dimension. (Whaaaa?)

When we catch up with Scott Lang (a.k.a. Ant-Man), he is under house arrest and is constantly being watched by the FBI. He doesn't want to be Ant-Man anymore. He just wants to behave long enough to finish serving his time and become a better dad to his daughter. While we totally support this (being a good dad is awesome!), it doesn't exactly make for a fun superhero movie. And so...

Rescue from the quantum realm!

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"We'll just borrow for, like, an hour. What could go wrong?" (Film Frame..©Marvel Studios 2018)

Enter scientist Hank Pym and his daughter, Hope van Dyne. You see, many years ago, Hank and his wife, Janet  were the first version of the superhero team, Ant-Man and the Wasp. But on a mission to try and stop a nuclear missile, Janet shrunk herself sub-atomic, or smaller than even atoms. She went to the quantum realm. And she was never heard from again.

But when Scott managed to escape the quantum realm at the end of Ant-Man, it got Hank thinking ... what if Janet was still alive? Enter Hank and Hope's new mission: Find a way into—and back from—the quantum realm to rescue Janet.

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Did we mention that there are tardigrades in this movie? Because...THERE ARE TARDIGRADES IN THIS MOVIE! (Film Frame..©Marvel Studios 2018)

And, of course, they need Scott's help.

Real or fiction, science is super-fun!

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New opponent Ghost brings even more crazy science jazz to this film. (Film Frame..©Marvel Studios 2018)

Like the first movie, Ant-Man and the Wasp is full of super neat science talk. Shrinking block-sized buildings into a suitcase-sized package. Traveling to the unbelievably small atomic universe that exists in your own fingernail. There's even a new villain named Ghost who can disappear and reappear at will thanks to "quantum phasing".

As used in this movie, these abilities are at the very least way, way complicated, if not completely impossible. And yet...

There's something about how Ant-Man and the Wasp gets you thinking about science that we can't help but love. Yes, it is sillier than most Marvel movies. But it's also more fascinating, too. Are you ready for the smallest adventure of the summer?

Check the trailer below.


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