Early reactions for Peyton Reed's Ant-Man and The Wasp are now online. The upcoming film is a sequel to Reed's 2015 film Ant-Man, which introduced Paul Rudd's titular superhero Scott Lang into the Marvel Cinematic Universe, as well as Evangeline Lilly's Hope van Dyne, aka the Wasp. While the first movie focused primarily on Lang's journey and him becoming the shrinking-superhero, the sequel takes the story in a different direction by making Lilly's Wasp a starring character and telling a story that will connect directly to Avengers 4.
Just like how the first Ant-Man movie followed the release of Joss Whedon's Avengers: Age of Ultron, this year's Ant-Man and The Wasp is the first Marvel movie to release post-Avengers: Infinity War. But, while Ant-Man 2 does tie into Avengers 3, it actually takes place prior to the events of Anthony and Joe Russo's blockbuster film. Furthermore, the sequel sees Michelle Pfeiffer and Lawrence Fishburne join the fold as Janet van Dyne/Wasp and Bill Foster/Goliath, respectively, along with Hannah John-Kamen as the titular villain, Ghost.
Disney and Marvel Studios held the first press screenings for Ant-Man and The Wasp today, and now the first batch of social media reactions from those screenings have flooded online. You can check out the spoiler free reactions from below.
CBR's Albert Ching:
Collider's Perri Nemiroff:
CinemaBlend's Eric Eisenberg:
/Film's Peter Sciretta:
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Yahoo! Entertainment's Kylie Erica Mar:
The Wrap's Phil Owen:
Based on the early reactions, Ant-Man and The Wasp looks like another hit for Marvel Studios, if not an outright success critically, with some film critics hailing it as one of the best Marvel movie sequels to release, at least the best since the Russos' acclaimed Captain America: The Winter Soldier hit theaters in 2014. While the official reviews have yet to release, it certainly seems like they will be overwhelmingly positive. But, it's always possible for opinions to change as time goes on, especially since these reactions are coming out right after the screenings conclude. That's something that audiences should find out more about when the review embargo lifts.
Regardless of what the actual reviews are in the end, Ant-Man and The Wasp is already shaping up to be a success for the studio - and that will be useful considering that not only is the movie supposed to tie directly into both Avengers films but also lay the foundation for these characters to have major roles in the MCU moving forward.
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- Ant-Man & The Wasp (2018) release date: Jul 06, 2018
- Captain Marvel (2019) release date: Mar 08, 2019
- The Avengers 4 / Avengers: Endgame (2019) release date: Apr 26, 2019
- Spider-Man: Far From Home (2019) release date: Jul 05, 2019