Ant-Man and The Wasp Review & Parental Guidance
Ant-Man and The Wasp opened on Friday, July 6. We saw it on Thursday evening in IMAX 3-D.
Ant-Man and The Wasp Review
When my daughter was a preschooler, she and my husband enjoyed the animated series The Avengers: Earth’s Mightiest Heroes (2010-2012). Her favorite character was Wasp. When Ant-Man (2015) was released, she was hoping for a glimpse of Wasp. While Hope Van Dyne (daughter of the original Wasp, Janet Van Dyne) featured throughout the movie, the only glimpse of Wasp was her costume in a post-credits scene. Ant-Man and The Wasp features Hope fully in the role of Wasp. Throughout the movie, Hope and her father Hank Pym are trying to rescue her mother from the Quantum Realm where she was been stuck for 30 years.
Place in the Marvel Cinematic Universe
Ant-Man and The Wasp continues the story line of Ant-Man. Scott Lang (Paul Rudd) appeared as Ant-Man in Captain America: Civil War. In Civil War, he fought alongside Captain America against the Sokovia accords. The last appearance of Hank Pym (Michael Douglas) and his daughter Hope Van Dyne (Evangeline Lilly) were in Ant-Man.
We suggest Ant-Man and Captain America: Civil War as the minimum recommended viewing before Ant-Man and The Wasp.
The major action of Ant-Man and The Wasp happens before Avengers: Infinity War. However, the mid-credit scene happens simultaneously with Infinity War. The ending of the scene only makes sense if you have seen Infinity War first.
Our Thoughts on Ant-Man and The Wasp
We all enjoyed Ant-Man and The Wasp. It has the same humor as the first movie. Scott’s friend Luis is back with his crazy story telling methods. A standout comedic newcomer to the series is Agent Woo (Randall Park).
As in Ant-Man everyday objects are enlarged to crazy sizes. Our favorites were the Pez Dispenser and the collection of cars.
Scott continues to have a great relationship with his daughter Cassie. My daughter likes these scenes and her desire to partner with her dad.
While we really enjoyed the movie, there were a couple of things I didn’t like as much as the first movie. I felt that Ant-Man and the Wasp portrayed Scott Lang as less intelligent than the prior movie. I also missed some of the heist movie elements that were present in the first movie. That was where Scott Lang shined with his methods for improvising to beat a finger print detector and break into a safe. In Ant-Man and The Wasp, he was mainly a fighter and confused when Hope and Hank started talking about quantum physics.
We saw the movie in IMAX 3D. We typically see movies in IMAX, so I recommend that. After seeing Incredibles 2 first in IMAX then in standard format the IMAX does add to the impact of an action movie like this. The 3D was not necessary, and in one scene, I felt like it was overdone and almost had me wondering if Scott Lang had acquired a stretching power as well.
If you’re a fan of the Marvel Cinematic Universe, we definitely recommend Ant-Man and the Wasp. My daughter has declared Ant-Man and the Wasp as her new favorite MCU movie. I teased her a bit since she has said that after several of the recent movies.
About Ant-Man and the Wasp
From Disney/Marvel Studios:
From the Marvel Cinematic Universe comes ANT-MAN AND THE WASP, a new chapter featuring heroes with the astonishing ability to shrink. In the aftermath of CAPTAIN AMERICA: CIVIL WAR, Scott Lang grapples with the consequences of his choices as both a Super Hero and a father. As he struggles to rebalance his home life with his responsibilities as Ant-Man, he’s confronted by Hope van Dyne and Dr. Hank Pym with an urgent new mission. Scott must once again put on the suit and learn to fight alongside the Wasp as the team works together to uncover secrets from the past.
ANT-MAN AND THE WASP is directed by Peyton Reed and stars Paul Rudd, Evangeline Lilly, Michael Pena, Walton Goggins, Bobby Cannavale, Judy Greer, Tip “T.I.” Harris, David Dastmalchian, Hannah John Kamen, Abby Ryder-Fortson, Randall Park, with Michelle Pfeiffer, with Laurence Fishburne and Michael Douglas.
Marvel Studios’ ANT-MAN AND THE WASP opens in theaters everywhere on July 6th!
Ant-Man and the Wasp Trailer
Parental Guidance for Avengers Infinity War
Ant-Man and The Wasp is rated PG-13 largely due to violence.
It has a considerably lighter tone than Avengers: Infinity War.
Language is on par with the other movies in the Marvel Cinematic Universe.
Sexual scenes and references are mild compared to some of the other movies. There are a couple of references to men comparing size and implications around “entanglements”.
Avengers: Infinity War Review
Avengers: Infinity War is still in theaters. We recommend seeing it before Ant-Man and The Wasp. Check out our Spoiler Free Review and Parental Guidance.