On our way to the theater to see Ant-Man and the Wasp , to be honest, we felt HHC (Hope-Harap Anxiety) was out of sorts. Specifically, we are worried that the sequel to Ant-Man (2015) will not be as fun as the first film.
In addition, we are also anxious to find out whether the film, which is directed by Peyton Reed ( Yes Man ), can adapt itself to the overall story of the MCU so far. You know, as we all know, after Thanos (Josh Brolin’s) snap of the “finger of death” in Avengers: Infinity War , most of the current MCU characters have “perished”.
Then, is Ant-Man and the Wasp still funny and fun? Can it fit (fit ) with the current MCU situation? And more importantly, is it able to have a significant impact on the upcoming Avengers 4 (2019)?
Super Fun Sequel
And like the iconic catchphrase that SmackDown Live! top, Daniel Bryan, then the answer to all these questions: YES! YES! YES! Ant-Man and the Wasp , is a sequel that is just as funny and fun as its predecessor.
From the first scene set in a few days / weeks after the scene post-credit Ant-Man begins, we like straight up the amusement park rides ( theme park ), which makes smile spread wide. Even the jokes that are shown, still make us laugh even though, there are some that we miss .
Plot that is still light and easy to follow
The sense of fun is even more pronounced with the plot line that is still easy to follow. Okay, okay. If you read several summary reviews of various media, most of them complained that the plot of this film was “busy” and did not give important weight to the entire MCU going forward.
Okay, in our opinion, first, the plot of this film has several sub-plots in the middle of the main plot such as: Scott Lang (Paul Rudd) who has to balance his duties as Ant-Man and house arrest after his involvement in Captain America: Civil War ( 2016), Lang’s friends struggling to start their new business and, Sonny Burch (Walton Goggins) who wants to sell Pym Technologies for his own profit.
And all of these sub-plots, take place in the middle of the main plot which tells of the rescue (return) mission of Janet Van Dyne (Michelle Pfeiffer) from the Quantum Realm. But in our opinion, Reed cs, is actually able to process all of these plots, so it doesn’t feel “crowded” aka, easy to follow.
Second, indeed overall, the story of Ant-Man and the Wasp , is its own stand-alone sequel . However, that doesn’t mean this film doesn’t display sufficient weight or relevance to the overall MCU shutter going forward. Anyway, you just wait until the mid-credits scene is shown. Because the scene, will provide a very important clue for the upcoming Avengers 4 . So, you could say this film is one of the important films in the MCU.
The Whole Ant Family Cooperate Very Well
Okay. Then what about the cast ? Well , it’s the same thing as the first film, the entire cast in this film is still the same gokil and compact. In fact, if you look closely, their cohesiveness already looks like a “big ant” family. Anyway, there is no such thing as A dominates or B is the weakest.
Individually, Rudd, Lily & Douglas can’t be said to have been “tampered with” anymore in playing their respective characters. In other words, they’re really good. Pfeiffer as a new MCU entrant legend also successfully stole the attention. But above all, for us, Luis is the character again played by Mexican actor and comedian (Michael Pena) who shines again and again.
WOW. Just like his appearance in his first film, the 42-year-old actor is truly a “joke machine”. All the jokes he throws still make us laugh. Although, as said in the previous paragraph, unfortunately for his performance this time, his jokes are not as ridiculous as they used to be. But hey, the important thing is that the character here is increasingly shown as a more important figure, right?
Ghost = Downgrade
Unfortunately, the same cannot be said of the main villain , Ava Starr / Ghost (Hannah John-Kamen). Not bad. But overall this villain looks ordinary when compared to some of the villains present in the MCU.
Especially after we previously witnessed the undeniable figure of Thanos, who is a very cruel, intimidating figure and of course the best MCU villain , suddenly we see the figure of Ghost whose motives are very general and one-dimensional. Isn’t that really going down, geeks?
But, despite some of the drawbacks mentioned, once again, Ant-Man and the Wasps , is a very fun and worth watching sequel . Funny, fun, exciting, and of course, makes us even more excited, can’t wait to get to the Avengers 4 release date , May 3, 2019.
Oh yes, reminding again, basically for geeks who want to get a “grid” related to Avengers 4, just don’t miss watching the mid-credits scene . As for the post-credits scene , you can skip it, but it’s okay if you watch it. Because in our opinion, apart from the “eccentric” scene, for some reason we feel that the scene also holds a ” science mystery ” related to the Quantum Realm with these artificial ants.