Paul Rudd’s Scott Lang sat out the most recent Avengers movie, one of only a handful of characters to skip the Infinity War.
So what was he up to?
Rather low stakes stuff as it turns out. Scott is under house arrest and has no contact with original Ant Man Hank Pym (Michael Douglas) or new Wasp Hope Van Dyne (Evangeline Lilly) since Scott left for Germany in Civil War. Scott’s actions had repercussions for Hank and Hope too, but when it comes up that working together the three may be able to retrieve original Wasp Janet Van Dyne (Michelle Pfeiffer) from the subatomic quantum zone, Hank and Hope grab Scott for some more shrinking and growth shenanigans. Unfortunately, a phasing mystery figure known as Ghost, other criminals, and the FBI–because Ant Man is apparently the only Marvel hero who actually has to answer to the Sokovia Accords–are also looking to get Scott, Hope, Hank, or Hank’s research for various reasons that just make what might seem like a simple retrieval mission a lot more difficult.
Ant Man and the Wasp is fine enough. Director Peyton Reed had a clean slate this time around without any story ideas left over from Edgar Wright. It largely works, and the shrinking, growing, and phasing effects make for neat combat and comedy scenes. After some of the heavier films in the last few MCU movies, it is nice to have something a bit lighter instead. It was fun enough for a good time, though not as great as some of the other recent MCU movies that have come out. Eight out of ten giant ants.