Ant-Man and the Wasp is going pretty well at the box-office as fans are lining up to catch the follow up to hit 2015’s Ant-Man. The movie takes place in the aftermath of the events of the Civil War where Scott Lang aka Ant-Man joined Team Cap and subsequently got captured by the government. And it actually happens just around the time of Infinity War answering what Ant-Man and the Wasp were up to during Avengers: Infinity War.
It has been reviewed really well by many critics and websites but some of them have also claimed the movie to be rather disappointing because it did not really pose any big stakes. Here check out some of the reviews:
Newsday‘s Rafer Guzmán:
“‘Ant-Man and the Wasp’ doesn’t really try, which — disappointing as that sounds — might be the best option. This is a stopgap movie, a midseason episode, devoted to introducing new characters and establishing dynamics. There isn’t much of a villain to give our heroes a purpose; they spend most of their time chasing keys that fit in locks that open doors that lead to the next chase. Is “Ant-Man and the Wasp” generally entertaining, with a few good chuckles and some cool ideas? Yes. Could you skip it and just wait for the next “Avengers” film? Also yes.”
IGN‘s Laura Prudom:
“Although it ventures further away from Marvel’s traditional villain formula than any film before it, after the universal threat posed by Thanos in Infinity War it’s actually a relief that Ant-Man and The Wasp keeps its stakes personal, rather than galactic. Even so, it still makes sure to never undermine the gravity of what its heroes are fighting for.”
The movie really lightens the mood after the Dark ending of Infinity War as it takes us to a story which does not have stakes which are as high as Avengers: Infinity War and the threats posed by the movie are not all big as compared to many other movies. The story was pretty self-contained and it focused on getting Janet back from the Quantum Realm. It brought in many characters which were incorporated pretty well by Director Payton Reed.
The villain of the movie was actually not a villain. Ghost had an agenda which she had to fulfil at any cost. An accident in her childhood caused her molecular density to keep phasing throughout. Every Cell in her body actually gets destroyed and reformed again and again, which caused her time on the planet to be limited. This is why she was just desperate to bring Janet back so she could harness the Quantum energy within her, fix herself and spare the pain that she endures every second of her life.
So Ghost actually did not pose any real threats except for killing Janet in order to save herself. But with Janet coming back successfully from the Quantum Realm, she herself helped Ghost who was suffering from her lethal condition. In her time within the Quantum Realm, her body which has absorbed Quantum energy can actually heal people now, which is what helped Ghost and probably turned her on the right path.
The movie was just about this whole description, and nothing really big apart from a family reunion. It was very self-contained not really brings in any bigger aspects from the larger MCU. But in this journey touched upon some big plot points that will actually act really well in the future. The movie and the franchise could become huge after Avengers 4 when the third Ant-Man movie comes in.
Ghost has been set upon the path of righteousness. Janet Van Dyne also has powers and the Wasp is a total Bad-ass! So Ant-Man 3 could have so many of these Superheroes and their stories could be really explored fighting off a big villain this time around. Just imagine, Bill Foster being back with a suit, growing big once again becoming his comic book counter-part Goliath.
Team Ant-Man would actually be insanely powerful. Since people could be brought back from the Quantum Realm, Darren Cross aka Yellow Jacket could also return and be a second villain along with the one who would be incorporated in the third one. There is a lot to build up from and hopefully, the third Ant-Man movie turns out really big presenting some real stakes in the film.