Marvel Studios is kicking off its 10th anniversary in real style. With the release of Avenger: Infinity War and Black Panther earlier this year, they have more than proved that superheroes are their business. If we were wondering why Ant Man wasn’t in Avengers: Infinity War, Ant Man and The Wasp answer that burning question and more.
Starring Paul Rudd (who’s also producer and in the title role) is hilariously charming as Ant Man in a clueless sort of way…which is why we love him! Evangeline Lilly totally owns being Hope/The Wasp. She’s strong, confident and has no problem letting men and women alike know that she is always in charge. While at the opposite end of the spectrum, Hannah John-Kamen as Ava/Ghost as the villain of this tale literally makes you want to slap the taste out of her mouth while invoking empathy all at the same time. Her sheer presence on-screen is powerfully solid.
Veterans like Michael Douglas (Dr. Hank Pym), Michelle Pfieffer (Janet Van Dyne/Wasp) and Laurence Fishburne (Dr. Bill Foster) ground the film, while Michael Pena (Luis), David Dastmalchian (Kurt) and T.I. (Dave) bring full-throttle comedy as sidekicks for Rudd. Michael Pena with his truth serum moment is pure-comedy at its best. Randall Park is giving us Peter Sellers – Pink Panther goodness as the detective who can’t wait to bring down Ant-man. If you like him on “Fresh Off The Boat” – you’re gonna fall in love with him as Jimmy Woo.
I have to tip my curly afro off to Paul Rudd as one of the writers. The dialogue is crisp, quick, witty and never lags for one second. The soundtrack is cleverly used to all while paying homage to David Cassidy’s Partridge Family hit “Come On Get Happy.” The cinematic tricks of shrinking, enlarging and the fountain of youth are fascinatingly effective, yet exciting all at the same time. My favorite moment of all time is the slide made of cardboard that Scott uses to entertain his daughter Abby while on house arrest. Man, I’d give anything to have taken a spin down that bad boy…LOL.
You will laugh…hard. You will have moments where you are all up in your feelings, you definitely will celebrate the fact that this is the first time a female superhero has shared the title in a Marvel flick and of course, it’s not a Marvel flick without a Stan Lee cameo. Ant Man and The Wasp is a hilarious, superhero romp that will have you grinning from ear to ear while getting your Marvel superhero fix on. It hits theaters on July 6th.