The Ant Man and the Wasp: Half Size Hero, Full Size Fun


Sarah Ray, Writer

Has Marvel done it again? Yes! “Ant Man and the Wasp” is the second of two incredibly successful movies revolving around the life and heroism of Ant Man, the pint-sized protagonist.


In the first film, Scott Lang (portrayed by Paul Rudd) went from being a small-time thief, to a big hero, plagued by scheming villains and feuding superheros. What has he been doing since then?


Well, now Scott has much different problems. He can’t decide whether to spend his days playing the drums, practicing magic tricks, or playing with his daughter, Cassie. These decisions begin to weigh heavy on him as he endures his last few days of being under house arrest, as a result of events that took place in “Captain America: Civil War”.


While Scott has been serving his time, his old friends Hope (Evangeline Lilly) and Hank Pym (Michael Douglas), have been developing a revolutionary machine that would allow them to rescue Hope’s mother from the Quantum Realm, where Scott had escaped from in the first film.


They enlist the help of Scott, dragging him out of his house on his last day of house arrest. His mission is to help them retrieve a crucial piece of technology, while also battling a villain called “Ghost”, who has the ability to phase through solid objects and become invisible.


What sets Peyton Reed’s film apart from other recent Marvel films is the storyline.  It’s centered around family and how it affects Scott’s life as a superhero. Viewers get to see a more domestic side of the hero they know. We get to see him trying to keep his young daughter happy, while also managing life as a superhero.


“Ant Man and the Wasp,” is a light-hearted family film that doesn’t take itself too seriously. It does a wonderful job of extending Ant Man’s story while not seeming boring and repetitive, and it brings in other characters that didn’t get a chance to shine in the original “Ant Man”.


I thoroughly enjoyed this movie, and with that cliffhanger of a post-credit scene, I really hope that a third edition will be made.