The latest entry in Screen Junkies' Honest Trailers series takes aim at the MCU's most recent addition, Ant-Man and The Wasp. The YouTube channel manages to both compliment and poke fun at the follow-up to 2015's Ant-Man, while commenting on the minimal impact it has on the larger MCU as a whole, compared to this year's colossal team-up event, Avengers: Infinity War, and its dependance issues with the Quantum Realm.
Ant-Man and The Wasp picks up after the events of Captain America: Civil War, with Scott Lang (Paul Rudd) on house arrest due to his choice to oppose the Soviet Accord and join Cap's team. Despite his confinement, Scott violates house arrest and teams up with Hank Pym (Michael Douglas) and Hope Van Dyne (Evangeline Lilly) yet again, taking on shady businessman Sonny Burch (Walter Goggins), Hank's former colleague Bill Foster (Laurence Fishburne), and a mysterious threat known as Ghost (Hannah John-Kamen). In the end, they manage to reach the Quantum Realm once more and extract Hank's wife and Hope's mother, Janet Van Dyne (Michelle Pfeiffer), who Scott had originally made contact with in the first film.
Screen Junkies' Honest Trailer comments on the likability of the characters played by Rudd and Michael Peña, as well as how The Wasp notably earned title credit, only to be ultimately relegated to the standard "annoyed female" trope. The trailer makes note of the film's various characters attempting to steal (or get back) Pym's secret shrinkable lab via the portal to the Quantum Realm, as well as the questionable logic surrounding the movie's scientific elements. In fact, the bulk of the humor revolves around how the movie leans so heavily on the Quantum Realm, highlighting Scott's meta comment about how characters "just put the word 'quantum' in front of everything."
The most notable detail pointed out in the trailer refers to how Ant-Man and the Wasp falls into the MCU timeline, and how its release adds some confusion in terms of how the movie fits into the franchise's continuity. Everything in the film happens shortly before the events of Avengers: Infinity War, but this isn't made especially clear, given that other characters within the MCU aren't featured. It's not until the end credits scene that audiences have a clearer understanding of where exactly this movie fits into the timeline, with Lang trapped in the Quantum Realm when Hope, Janet, and Hank all disappear following Thanos' snap.
The Ant-Man and the Wasp Honest Trailer may suggest that this movie isn't exactly the strongest entry in the MCU, but gives it due points for fitting the bill as an entertaining summer blockbuster with captivating visuals, thrilling action sequences, and some solid comic relief to help satiate die hard fans in between Avengers: Infinity War and Avengers 4, even if "nerds" don't appreciate it, as the trailer suggests.
Source: Screen Junkies
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