Three years ago, Ant-Man swarmed our screens. While this was not the most anticipated superhero movie, as Scott Lang’s character did not have the favor of comic book fans, it nevertheless represented a very important chapter for Marvel to develop. For good reason, Ant-Man is a central hero of the events portrayed in phase 3 of the MCU and he had to make enough room for him to shine in the middle of Captain America, Iron Man or Thor. That’s good, less than three months after Infinity War, it is on him that we count for some answers.

Where exactly are we?
Ant-Man and The Wasp takes place chronologically after Captain America: Civil War and just before the entire 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 still has no news of the man who revealed him, Hank Pym, or his daughter Hope Van Dyne. But, a more than strange sight will force him to reconnect with those who gave him extraordinary power and to put on his Ant-Man costume.

The big question before seeing the directing of Peyton Reed for the first time was how his 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, quickly sets in a form of inconsistency in the face of the events of Infinity War. One wonders how Scott Lang, as erased as he is from Captain America’s group, is not at all aware of the horrible fate that hangs over the Earth and the rest of the universe. So you have to see the feature film while ignoring all of 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 free itself from the ingredients that have made it successful in the past. Not a disappointment, but almost.

Too serious this ant
So yes, the fun, cool and crazy side Is still present, but to a lesser degree. Peyton Reed, who directed the first episode, this time infuses his characters with a dose of seriousness, as if asking us to respect them a little more. Unfortunately, this does not always work. Scott Lang is a totally different hero and that’s also what made his strength. More than his charisma, his pleasant physique or his dream superpowers, it is his sense of self-mockery and his mastery of humor that allowed spectators to cling to him. Elements not as present as we would have liked which makes the film lose its flavor. Admittedly, Ant-Man is still apart in the MCU and this installment tends to prove it, but it would have been nice not to try a different approach than what has been done before.

However, this feature film is followed with lightness. Despite its seriousness and a plethora of new characters presented (certainly too many, but we will come back to it), some passages are successful. Although the action scenes are ultimately not very present during the two hours of screening, everything is done with care for the sole purpose of feasting your eyes. Like what Marvel has been doing for over a decade, the pace is pretty frantic, even if it does experience a few unwelcome drops. Still, Ant-Man and The Wasp leaves the strange impression of having been created for only one purpose: to present the quantum dimension, an area inherent in the characters of Hank Pym and Scott Lang.

We talk about it a lot, the protagonists taking care to talk about 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 unforgettable. The villain of this episode, Sonny Burch (the excellent Walton Goggins), has only a very limited interest while the “Ghost” of Hannah John-Kamen is not overly passionate. Too bad, because if this second part is looking for without really finding itself, it had real potential.

Ant-Man, our superheroic twin
Paul Rudd plays an ever-catchy Ant-Man and he’s, along with Chris Pratt’s Star-Lord, the funniest and most empathetic character in the MCU. Beyond his superhero character, the film somewhat presents his role as a father, his family life and the difficulty of evolving in such a mysterious and dangerous world. Finally, Scott Lang is the one with whom we identify the most as a spectator. For their part, Michael Douglas (Hank Pym) and Evangeline Lily (Hope Van Dyne / La Guêpe) are still 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 so as not to spoil your pleasure.

When it comes to special effects, the quality is there. Photography is, on the other hand, always so bland. The different scenes mixing action, stunts and transformations are indeed a great technical success but the colors and contrasts are disappointing. A gap present in many Marvel achievements and which is no longer really surprising.

By D14N