Ant-Man and The Wasp, the Marvel that digests badly after Infinity War

Posted by Popcornflix on July 4th, 2018

Three years ago, Ant-Man swarmed on our screens. If it was not the most anticipated superhero movie, Scott Lang's character was not favored by comic fans, but it was a very important chapter to develop for Marvel. For good reason, Ant-Man is a central hero of the events portrayed in Phase 3 of the MCU and had to make enough room for him to shine in the middle of Captain America, Iron Man or Thor. It's good, less than three months after Infinity War, it is on him that we count to get some answers.

Where exactly are we?

Ant-Man and The Wasp is located chronologically after Captain America: Civil War and just before the whole story presented in Avengers: Infinity War . Scott Lang, consigned by the US government to stay at home, is no longer the superhero he once was. If he tries to be a good father, he has no more news of the man who revealed it, Hank Pym, nor his daughter Hope Van Dyne. But, a more than strange vision will force him to reconnect with those who have given him extraordinary power and to put on his Ant-Man suit.

The big question before watching for the first time the realization of Peyton Reed was how his Popcornflix film would take into account the disaster in the last Avengers. The answer comes after a few minutes: Ant-Man and The Wasp is a parallel story more than a continuity to what has already been presented. Thus, a form of incoherence quickly settles in front of the events of Infinity War. One wonders how Scott Lang, as erased as he is from the group of Captain America, is not a minimum aware of the horrible fate that weighs on the Earth and the rest of the universe. So you have to watch the feature film, disregarding all the chaos that was portrayed three months ago and set out again for a slightly lighter adventure. Especially since this new part of Ant-Man sometimes seems to get rid of the ingredients that made his success in the past. Not a disappointment, but almost.

Too serious this ant

So yes, the "  fun, cool and crazy" side Is always present, but to a lesser degree. Peyton Reed, who staged the first episode, this time infuses his characters with seriousness, as if to ask us to respect them a little more. Unfortunately, that does not always work. Scott Lang is a totally different hero and that's what made him so strong. More than his charisma, his pleasing physique or his super-powers of dreams, it is his sense of self-humor and his mastery of humor that have allowed spectators to cling to him. Elements not as present as one would have liked, which makes the film lose its flavor. Admittedly, Ant-Man is still apart in the MCU and this part tends to prove it, but it would have been nice not to try a different approach to what has been done before.

However, this feature film follows with lightness. Despite its seriousness and a plethora of new characters presented (certainly too much, but we will return to it), some passages are successful. Although the scenes of action are finally not very present during the two hours of projection, everything is done with care for the sole purpose of putting their eyes. Like what Marvel has been doing for over ten years, the pace is quite frantic, even if he knows some unwelcome declines. Still, Ant-Man and The Wasp leaves the strange impression of having been created only for one purpose: to present the quantum dimension, a domain inherent to the characters of Hank Pym and Scott Lang.

We talk a lot about it, the protagonists taking care to evoke its dangers, but also the possibilities that this solution contains, but we never really understand how this novelty can settle in the future of the franchise. Beside that, the film tries to introduce new characters more than forgetful. The villain of this episode, Sonny Burch (the excellent Walton Goggins), has only a very limited interest while the "Ghost" Hannah John-Kamen does not passionate too much. Too bad, because if this second part is searching without being really, he had real potential.

Ant-Man, our superheroic twin

Paul Rudd is still an eye-catching Ant-Man and, along with Chris Pratt's Star-Lord, is the most humorous and empathic MCU character. Beyond its character of superheroes, the film presents somewhat its role of father, his family life and the difficulty of evolving in a world so mysterious and dangerous. Finally, Scott Lang is the one who is most identified as a spectator. For their part, Michael Douglas (Hank Pym) and Evangeline Lily (Hope Van Dyne / The Wasp) are always convincing. As for Michelle Pfeiffer (Janet Van Dyne), she has a crucial role, especially for the future of the franchise, but also unsuspected powers. We will not say more in order not to spoil your pleasure.

Question special effects, quality is at the rendezvous. Photography, however, is still bland. The different scenes mixing action, stunts and transformations are in fact a great technical success but the colors and contrasts are disappointing. A gap present in many Marvel achievements and that is no longer really surprising.

Ant-Man and The Wasp may have sought too much. Sometimes funny, the film by Peyton Reed nevertheless tries to become more serious. An approach that does not always work. Remains an honest blockbuster, especially for Marvel movie fans. As for the post-generic scene, we can only advise you to watch it, as it is important for the future ...

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