NON SPOILER REVIEW
Reed and Rudd return for continuing the adventures of Scott Lang in Ant-Man and the Wasp, and both establish the character as a hero within the MCU who can truly lead his own franchise alongside Thor, Captain America, Iron Man, Spider-Man and Black Panther.
Ant-Man and The Wasp takes place between the events of Captain America: Civil War and Avengers: Infinity War. The movie balances well-timed humour, and a heartfelt emotional storyline to great effect, letting the heroes shine in their own unique way while also tying the movie into the larger MCU.
There's an added weight on Ant-Man and The Wasp because it is the first time a female superhero has been included in the title of an MCU project. Making no mistake Evangeline Lilly (Hope Van Dyne a.k.a Wasp) lives up to that distinction and gives the standout performance of this film. She has done a remarkable job as she absolutely steals the show even better than Ant-Man himself. We had already seen how brilliant she is in the first movie, but in this sequel, she fully explodes her skills as a fighter, a tech genius, and hero.
Hannah John-Kamen is another notable standout in the movie. The Game of Thrones star turns in a nuanced performance as Ghost, who is able to phase through solid substances. It would be more accurate to call her an antagonist rather than a villain, since she shares far more in common with complex MCU characters like Killmonger from Black Panther than the more outwardly monstrous types like Thanos.
Like Doctor Strange, Ant-Man and The Wasp is a standalone Marvel movie that unlocks a door into another realm of the MCU “The Quantum Realm” — one where quite literally anything is possible.
No one other than Marvel knows where the franchise will go once Avengers 4 wraps up the first 3 phases of the MCU, but Ant-Man and the Wasp is another good indicator that there's a great deal of potential for more superheroes to step into the spotlight in Phase 4.
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