This past Friday I had the privilege to see the new Marvel movie Ant-man and the Wasp on opening night. I really enjoyed the prequel, Ant-Man, so I went into this one with high expectations. And let me tell you, this movie did not let me down. In fact, it exceeded my expectations and was even better than the first one. From an engaging plot to great character and relationship development to an ominous credit scene, this Marvel movie really had it all. It had the perfect balance of action and story, which is where Avengers: Infinity War fell short (too much action, not enough plot development).

Right off the bat, we get some backstory as to what one of the main quests of the film is going to be. In 1987, Janet van Dyne (or Wasp) shrinks to a molecular level in order to disable a Soviet nuclear missile, but unfortunately, she is unable to return to the real world and becomes trapped in the quantum realm. We see that throughout the movie, the underlying goal is to bring Janet back from the quantum realm, but of course, our protagonists face some problems along the way. Who are our protagonists? We have Hank Pym (Ant-Man) who is the husband of Janet, Janet’s daughter Hope, and Scott Lang (also Ant-Man), who is under house arrest for violating international laws.

The movie then follows our protagonists as they attempt to finish off a machine designed to open up a passage to the quantum realm so that Hank and Hope can bring Janet back.

Whenever the plot thickens, we also see some backstory into the Marvel universe. For example, when we’re introduced to Hank’s ex-partner, Bill Foster, we learn of their ties to S.H.I.E.L.D. And the same happens when we see a flashback of Ava Starr, who is left in an unstable state after a quantum experiment gone wrong. Ava seems to be a villain, but we can actually sympathize with her and see that she is in noticeable pain and has a limited amount of time to live. This is why Foster wants to help her and we see that these two aren’t really villains, but more just want to survive.

One of my favorite characters is Luis, or Lang’s business partner. He adds the element of comedic relief to the film. When Burch and his goons are trying to learn the whereabouts of Hank’s lab (which houses the machine that opens a gate to the quantum realm), Burch’s right-hand man gives Luis a drug that makes him incredibly honest, but Burch becomes frustrated when Luis keeps going on tangents and avoids answering the questions Burch asks, much to the amusement of the audience.

Then we also have the comedic relief of Jimmy Woo, who is the head FBI officer in charge of Lang’s house arrest. Woo’s sole desire is to catch Lang violating his house arrest, and each time he thinks he’ll catch Lang, he doesn’t and throws a bit of a fit. It really added great comedic relief against the pretty dark plot of the race against time to get Janet out of the quantum realm (don’t worry, she escapes. And it’s very romantic because Hank is the one who goes in and finds her).

And finally, throughout the film, we see the attraction between Lang and Hope, as Lang’s daughter tells him that he and Hope should be partners. And the fact that they fight and work so well together. There are many subtleties throughout the film to point to their eventual relationship, but the movie does a great job to extend the fruition of their eventual relationship until the very end.

One final aspect that all Marvel fans must appreciate was the ending credit scene. Janet, Hope, Hank, and Lang are working to extract energy from the quantum realm to keep Ava alive. The 3 send Lang down, but when he calls to them to bring him out, there is no answer. Instead, the camera pans back onto the roof where the 3 were and shows that they’ve all disintegrated because of Thanos’ master plan.

Overall, this movie got a 10/10 from me. I really couldn’t find any major complaints and was very satisfied with how the plot developed and how everything tied together at the end. Definitely a must see, Marvel fan or casual viewer!

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