Warning: This article contains SPOILERS for Ant-Man and The Wasp.
Ant-Man and The Wasp is the latest installment in the Marvel Cinematic Universe to offer up fun action scenes and hilarious dialogue. It's the 20th chapter in the ongoing shared universe from Marvel Studios and the sequel to Peyton Reed's 2015 film, Ant-Man. While the first movie focused entirely on Paul Rudd's Scott Lang, aka Ant-Man, the sequel gives Evangeline Lilly's Hope van Dyne, aka the Wasp, a starring role, which makes sense considering that the story is essentially about her and her family.
The film comes just over two months after Anthony and Joe Russo's Avengers: Infinity War hit theaters and shook up the MCU (and its fan base). But seeing as Ant-Man and The Wasp takes place before the events of Infinity War, the sequel was able to become a palette cleanser for audiences, with a fun, wild adventure story that expands the MCU in subtle ways (such as exploring the Quantum Realm).
Bringing back Hank Pym (Michael Douglas), Luis (Michael Peña), and more, in addition to introducing new characters like Janet van Dyne (Michelle Pfieffer), Ava Starr (Hannah John-Kamen), Bill Foster (Laurence Fishburne), Sonny Burch (Walter Goggins), and others, allowed to elevate the action and comedy in the sequel. That also meant there were several terrific moments to choose from. Here are the best moments from Ant-Man and The Wasp.
10. Agent Woo's Sokovia Accords Rundown
Exposition in film, especially for a new installment in a massive franchise, is never an easy thing to accomplish. Some filmmakers like to get it out of the way by telling audiences through other characters, while others like to show, not tell. Ant-Man 2's creative team decided to go with the former but in a hilarious way. They used Randall Park's FBI Agent Jimmy Woo to explain to Abby Ryder Fortson's Cassie Lang (and the audience) exactly why Scott was on house arrest. Explaining the Sokovia Accords and the events of Captain America: Civil War isn't easy, but Woo managed to do it without missing a beat.
9. Scott Lang's Giant Ant
Being on house arrest isn't easy, especially for a superhero who can't go out and save the world, so what does one do to pass the time? For Scott, that meant mastering all sorts of things, like close-up magic and playing the drums. So, when Hope broke him out of his house (before his two-year house arrest was up), she put Scott's ankle tracker on a giant ant to carry on his daily routine while they were gone, thus tricking the FBI. And it worked, for the most part. What's interesting is that the giant ant returns in the film's post-credits scene, after the snap, carrying on with Scott's daily routine of playing his toy drums.
8. Hank Pym Finding Janet van Dyne In The Quantum Realm
Rescuing Janet van Dyne from the Quantum Realm has been a major topic ever since the first Ant-Man movie released in 2015. If Scott could go in there and come back, that meant Janet could too. In the end, that rescue mission became the focus of the sequel. But they couldn't just send Scott back into the Quantum Realm; this time, Hank had to go. The original Ant-Man traveled into the unknown to rescue the original Wasp. It was quite fitting for the story, and their reunion was well worth the wait. Plus, seeing how Janet had evolved over all that time was intriguing in and of itself.
7. Cassie Lang's Emergency Facetime
Scott's relationship with his daughter, Cassie, is one of the cornerstones of the Ant-Man films. He went to great lengths to prove himself as a worthy father in the first movie, and he continued to push himself to entertain her even while on house arrest. That adorable relationship paid off big time when Scott, Hank, and Hope were captured by Ghost and Bill Foster. Cassie kept trying to get ahold of her dad, but when he didn't answer, she decided to Facetime him. Bill gave in and allowed Scott to talk to his daughter. The big emergency? Shoes. She couldn't find her shoes, and she thought they might be at her dad's house.
6. Ant-Man & The Wasp's Mid-Credits Scene
One of the biggest questions going into Ant-Man and The Wasp was how it would connect to Avengers: Infinity War. Since the movie takes place before Thanos' invasion of Wakanda, there was some concern that the movie wouldn't address the events at all. That wasn't exactly the case. While the base movie didn't acknowledge Infinity War's story, Ant-Man 2's mid-credits scene was a stark reminder that the film still exists in the MCU. That's evident by the fact that, after Scott heads back into the Quantum Realm, Hank, Hope, and Janet all turn to dust. The question is, what does that mean for Ant-Man in Avengers 4?
- 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