Ant-Man, the absolute most bat-dookie insane idea for a movie superhero is back and, this time, he’s back with The Wasp to battle a villain called Ghost while trying to help find Wasp’s long-lost mother in this rather tepid Marvel movie.
It’s hard to convey in words the apathy I’m feeling towards this movie. It was not terrible in any definition of the word, so I can’t claim that. The cast was charming, so the problem wasn’t with them. There were a few interesting action pieces… nothing too amazing or incredible, but perfectly serviceable “better than average” stuff. In every measurable sense, Ant-Man and the Wasp was a decent movie.
And yet… It’s landed in my brain with a thud and a “meh.” To me, it’s not as novel as the first Ant-Man and quite a bit less fun. Oh, sure… there is fun that I cannot deny, but Ant-Man and the Wasp is a step down from what came before.
Sure, Paul Rudd and Evangeline Lilly are a great duo. Micheal Douglas is a lot of fun playing what I can only assume is himself, but nothing in the script ever elevates the movie to anything more than just a slightly better than average superhero movie.
Perhaps I’ve been spoiled.
Definitely, if I were to chose a great weakness in this film, it would be the villain, Ghost. While i get what he writers were going for, a bad guy driven to badness by pain and desperation, it never translates well until, arguably, the last half-hour of the movie and, by then, she’s already been portrayed as a cliched adversary for so long, it doesn’t land. It could have worked with a couple of rewrites, but as of now, Ghost is one of the weaker Marvel bad guys in a long long time… disappointing as Marvel has been killing it lately with their villains.
I’ve heard of this movie being called a “palate cleanser” following the events of Infinity War and, to me, that’s really giving the movie a pass. If we’re going to judge it based on its placement in the Marvel Cinematic Universe, that is all the more damning.
The previous Marvel movies have been ambitious and amazing, each one taking risks with characters, setting, and even the audience. I mean, my god… in the last year alone, we had Thor Ragnarok, Black Panther, and Infinity War: Each a movie that brought something new and wonderful into this universe. Ant-Man and the Wasp comes along and it’s just the same old shtick and that’s so incredibly disappointing.