Ant-Man And The Wasp struggles because it doesn’t do things differently enough
What does Ant-Man offer that other superheroes don’t? I’m not sure. And I think that’s it’s issue.
Leading on from the events of Captain America: Civil War, Scott Lang (Paul Rudd) has been under house arrest for almost two years. Just days before he is due to integrate back into society, his mind connects with the Quantum Realm, alerting him to Janet Van Dyne’s (Michelle Pfeiffer) whereabouts. Desperate to tell an estranged Hank Pym (Michael Douglas) and Linda Van Dyne (Evangeline Lilly), now The Wasp, of his experience, he contacts them in confusion. Desperate to get Janet back to safety, the pair take Scott from his home, endangering his curfew and his life simultaneously.
With the ever expanding character list of Marvel’s cinematic universe, it is almost a guarantee for a few of the heroes to fall behind the rest. Ant-man was earmarked as one of those from the very beginning, in spite of his appeal asserting differently to that of many characters Marvel use as the faces of its franchise. However, his alternate and individual style isn’t quite as alternate or individual as, say, Guardians of The Galaxy; And that puts him at a major disadvantage.
These niche heroes have a place in the universe, no matter their style, and that is essentially why the MCU works as well as it does. They bring the best from their weakest members, promoting the overall quality of their releases. You’re only as strong as your weakest member, and Marvel prove that time and time again.
Striving to be the best it can puts Ant-Man in a great position to become a world famous superhero, but this strain on the story, and the character, pushes things a little too far. The plot is formulaic and predictable, and again the villain, as is so often the problem in Marvel films, is not up to the quality of the heroes. A distinct lack of threat leaves the excitement levels running somewhat lower than they should.
There are generally good performances all round, but that is now standard for a genre that was ridiculed 15 years ago. Superhero films are, and will continue to be taken seriously; The genre now makes so much profit for its distributors it would be stupid to not too. Yet, again, Ant-Man And The Wasp struggles because it doesn’t do things differently enough. It’s purely backing up what came before.
The events of the film will be very important after Avengers: Infinity War, but that doesn’t stop it from feeling unimpressive right now. It has a clear future, and this won’t be the last Ant-Man film, but as it stands, Ant-Man and The Wasp is one of Marvel’s least impressive outings to date.
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