“… feels like the most juvenile Marvel movie despite Spider-Man: Homecoming literally featuring children.”
Ant-Man and the Wasp is the first Marvel movie to be released after Avengers: Infinity War which is arguably the Marvel movie with the highest stakes, and Ant-Man and the Wasp combats this by having absolutely no stakes at all. The film takes place a few years after Captain America: Civil War when Scott Lang’s house arrest is almost over. Then Hank Pym decides he can maybe get his wife back from the Quantum Realm. Look, there’s really not much going on in this movie.
One thing The Ant-Man franchise does in relation to other Marvel films is delivers more of a comedy tone. With Paul Rudd in the leading role, it would be hard not to let his naturally funny personality get in the drivers seat for some scenes. The problem that I had with Ant-Man and the Wasp in particular is that it sacrificed everything else for comedy, and the comedy wasn’t particularly funny.
Marvel has never had a problem striking a nice balance between comedy and action, which is why I like a lot of their movies. They manage to create these stories that are tense and exciting, but you also have fun watching them. Ant-Man and the Wasp got rid of the exciting part and tried to create a movie that was purely a comedy. Unfortunately that didn’t work for me. Ant-Man and the Wasp being the first Marvel movie after Avengers: Infinity War is very telling to me. Despite audiences loving the movie, Marvel probably assumed that they would like a palate cleanser after the depression-fest that was Infinity War. Unfortunately Ant-Man and the Wasp took this too far.
Aside from one guy in the movie theatre, most of the jokes in Ant-Man and the Wasp didn’t even get giggles from the audience. And you know how awkward it is when a comedy movie doesn’t get a laugh. The scene is structured to allow for a few seconds of silence after each joke to allot for audience laughter, so when no one laughs (save for the one dude behind me) you’re just left to sit there in silence and reflect on how not funny that joke was. It’s weird to me that Ant-Man and the Wasp feels like the most juvenile Marvel movie despite Spider-Man: Homecoming literally featuring children.
But luckily Ant-Man and the Wasp was worth it, just not during the actual run time. The coolest parts of this movie happen after the main story has concluded. First of all the credits sequence, which featured scale miniatures of key scenes and characters from the movie, was cool as shit. I don’t know if they were real models or just rendered, but they were fun to look at either way. And the mid-credits scene did a great job of bringing back some of that intensity that I was talking about earlier, while also tying this movie back into the Marvel universe. The post-credits scene, while a dumb joke, gave us a very interesting look at the Marvel world post-snap; and that’s something that we haven’t seen up to this point.
Overall Ant-Man and the Wasp was full of dumb “jokes” that forced the audience I watched the movie with to sit in awkward silence for a few seconds at a time. I’m not saying Ant-Man and the Wasp was a bad movie, but it was just so middle of the road. I literally have no strong opinions about it one way or the other. The credits stuff was cool though.
I give Ant-Man and the Wasp a C