Here we are, Ant-Man and the Wasp is finally here and now we will know the answer to where were they before (and possibly during) the events of Infinity War. Honestly, this film was not what I expected and I believe I am in the minority when I say it was not very impressive. In fact, aside from the after credit scene, this was probably more of a throwaway film and personally lands near the bottom of my Marvel film list. There were a couple things a liked in the film, but before I go into detail, I've got to warn you that I will be spoiling the film, so if you don't want to know what happens, stop reading now.
There Be Spoilers Ahead
First off, let me just explain the super simple plot. After the events of Captain America: Civil War, Scott Lang is placed under house arrest for 2 years while Hank Pym and Hope van Dyne are on the run. While under house arrest, Scott gets a vision of Hank's wife, Janet van Dyne (played by Michelle Pfeiffer) and tries to get in touch with Hank & Hope. Turns out, she might still be alive in the Quantum Realm that Scott visits at the end of the first film. Now it's a race against time as they try to open the Quantum Realm to bring her back while fighting off the FBI, an arms dealer, and Bill Foster (played by Laurence Fishburne) & Ghost (played by Hannah John-Kamen).
Here is the main thing I enjoyed in this film. The effects and car chases were great. I loved seeing the visual of the Quantum Realm, the usage of everyone and everything getting big and small, and the effects during the fight scenes. But beyond that, this film became more of an exercise of me rolling my eyes at all the weird choices, horrible jokes, and waste of great casting/characters.
First off, I know this is suppose to be more of a comedy, but in all seriousness, you can still have emotional moments and I think maybe there was only one moment in this film that had any sense of that. And that was when Hank finally finds his wife in the Quantum Realm. Beyond that, this was by far the worse I've seen in terms of comedy. Heavily relying on the returning roles of Michael Pena, T.I., and David Dastmalchian (who are my least favorite characters in the film) as they make you try to laugh at every turn no matter what was happening. Especially when they are being tied up by the arms dealer Sonny Burch (played by Walton Goggins) and are forced to tell them the location of Hank and Hope.
The other big problem I had was that they waste another chance to have a halfway decent villain. In this film, it seems to have three, Ghost, Bill Foster, and Sunny Burch, but I did not care at all about their goals in this film. Ghost had the potential to be a decent bad guy, but not for Ant-Man. Ghost's whole arc is that she was in an explosion that killed her mother and father (Egghead for those who like Easter Eggs) and her body became unstable and she could phase in and out of existence at will, sometimes. Bill Foster wants to help her. So they become a quick duo as they spend the film trying to take the equipment from Hank to open the Quantum Realm to siphon energy so she can be whole again. That's it. No nefarious plot to take over the world or even San Francisco. Just wants to be normal. So, automatically, she may have seemed like a villain, but in truth, she isn't. The only real conflict of interest is that siphoning that power might kill Janet who is still stuck in the Quantum Realm, but she doesn't know that, only Hank and Hope.
And then you have Sonny Burch who just wants the technology to expand his resources. Very minor character in the grand scheme of things, and unfortunately, Walton Goggins plays the role like he has played every bad guy role. Southern gentleman style. Seriously, look back at his roles in Tomb Raider, any episodes of Sons of Anarchy, even Hateful Eight. Same character, all the time. I know that's his style, but honestly, it's annoying.
The mid-credit scene is the only bit that links this to Infinity War as well as Scott's future as he will be in the follow-up film next year. Scott goes into the Quantum Realm to retrieve healing molecules (more eye rolling over here) on behalf of Ghost, and he calls to be pulled out by Janet, Hope, and Hank but they fall victim to Thanos' finger snap. So Scott is stuck in the Quantum Realm. But a key clue on how he potentially could escape is when Janet mentions to him not to fall into a Time Vortex. So, that pretty much means Ant-Man is going to somehow do some time traveling...maybe. It coincides with some of the set photos we've seen with Ant-Man seemingly standing with Cap and Tony (without the Iron Man suit) during the Battle of New York from the first Avengers film. (This is just one of MANY different theories for Avengers 4.)
Of all people, he is the one to do that? Seriously?
Any way, this film fall flat for me and ranks close to the bottom. I give it a C-.