Ryan Easby

The Road To Endgame – Part 20: Ant-Man And The Wasp

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Ant-Man And The Wasp (referred to as AMATW from now on) has a peculiar placement in the MCU. Coming out a couple of months after the spectacle that was Avengers: Infinity War, it had the unenviable task of following in that film’s shadow. I quite enjoyed the original Ant-Man, but the obvious question here is would I enjoy the sequel as much? Or would it pale in comparison to the other films?

My answer is that AMATW is a pretty decent film, nothing more, nothing less.

AMATW is about what Ant-Man was up to during Infinity War. As it turns out, he was put under house arrest following the events of Captain America: Civil War. Anyway, he goes on this whole adventure on a quest to defeat the thief Ghost. There are various twists and turns along the way but I’m not gonna lie, this isn’t exactly the strongest plot in a Marvel Cinematic Universe film.

Still, the plot does what it needs to do perfectly. It’s just a shame it doesn’t hold a candle to Infinity War. Still, the cast more than makes up for this

Paul Rudd is one of the most charismatic actors I’ve seen on screen in a Marvel Cinematic Universe movie, frankly. Evangeline Lily is also pretty good as the titular Wasp, Janet Van Dyne. Outside of Michael Douglas’s Hank Pym and Micheal Pena’s Luis however, the side characters are less than inspired.

The villain, in particular, is the weakest in Phase Three of the Marvel Cinematic Universe, and it’s a shame since Ghost had such potential to be one of the most memorable. Perhaps if they’d employed a better actress than Hannah John-Kamen, she’d have been somewhat improved. Oh, and Laurence Fishburne is in this movie, and I only remember that Laurence Fishburne was in this movie five minutes before writing this. He’s completely wasted here, and they tease him as Goliath without actually showing it. It’s a shame since that tease is better than 80% of the things actually in this film.

Overall, Ant-Man And The Wasp is a great, funny film that just doesn’t have a great plot overall. It dampens the film somewhat, but it didn’t prevent me from enjoying it as a whole.

Anyway, You may be wondering why my Captain Marvel review is. The truth of the matter is I did one when the film released, so if you want to read my thoughts about that see the link to the article below.

So, that was The Road To Endgame. It’s had its ups and downs (as you’ll see in the ranking list below), but overall it’s been a pretty good time. Join me soon when we reach the Endgame

7/10

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  1. Avengers: Infinity War  (10/10)
  2. Captain America: The Winter Soldier  (10/10)
  3. Spider-Man: Homecoming  (8/10)
  4. Captain America: Civil War  (8/10)
  5. Guardians Of The Galaxy Volume 2  (8/10)
  6. Thor: Ragnarok  (8/10)
  7. Iron Man 3  (8/10)
  8. The Avengers  (8/10)
  9. Doctor Strange  (8/10)
  10. Captain America: The First Avenger  (8/10)
  11. Guardians Of The Galaxy  (8/10)
  12. Black Panther  (7/10)
  13. Ant-Man And The Wasp  (7/10)
  14. Captain Marvel  (7/10)
  15. Ant-Man  (7/10)
  16. Iron Man  (6/10)
  17. Avengers: Age Of Ultron  (4/10)
  18. Thor  (4/10)
  19. The Incredible Hulk  (4/10)
  20. Iron Man 2  (3/10)
  21. Thor: The Dark World  (2/10)