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MCU Retrospective: Ant-Man and the Wasp

Ant-Man and the Wasp is an odd movie to me. It’s fun and action-packed which is pretty much the main thing I look for in a movie like this, but something about this movie also just kind of bores me. It’s not a bad movie by any means, but it’s definitely one that can be skipped if you had to pick and choose which movies in the MCU to rewatch.

First thing’s first, Scott’s boredom and creative house projects during house arrest I feel hit a little close to home right now given the current climate of the world. Different circumstances, sure, but it’s the same basic attitude that I know a lot of people are going through at the moment.

I need to also give special props to Luis’ ranting story scene, not so much for the actual content, but rather for the acting. Every actor in that scene had to perfectly mimic Micahel Peña’s speech pattern and mannerisms and it was all done so well. Everything is so perfectly acted that this scene is just so much fun to watch.

The villains in this movie were all kind of meh. They all had that air of being comically evil at times and it’s hard to take any of them seriously. Paul Rudd and Evangeline Lily both kind of steal the show and are so fun to watch together that I guess it’s okay.

I also want to bring up the mid and post credit scenes real quickly. For being such a goofy, light-hearted movie, the mid-credits scene (where Scott gets trapped in the quantum realm as Hank, Hope, and Janet get snapped) and the post-credit scene (with the drum playing ant although the moments leading up to that are more of what I’m referring to) are so jarringly tonally different from the rest of the movie. They leave this lingering haunting air afterward especially listening to the emergency broadcast tone at the start of the post-credit scene and seeing the emergency broadcast on the TV as people try to figure out what the hell just happened. They honestly still send a chill down my spine every time I see them because of how abrupt a change of tone they are.

Overall Ant-Man and the Wasp is a fun time. By no means the best MCU movie, and probably one that you can skip on a re-watch if under a time crunch, but still fun.


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