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Retro Review: Ant-Man and the Wasp

Retro Review: Ant-Man and the Wasp

This is our retro review of Ant-Man and the Wasp, a film that wins through casting.

As a kid, I loved Ladyhawke an unhealthy amount. I even own a first edition of the book, which would matter if literally, anyone else enjoyed the film.

What was the cause of my obsession? It’s the same one that caused me to buy the Into the Night soundtrack.

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When I was young, my celebrity crush was Michelle Pfeiffer. As such, I viewed Ant-Man and the Wasp as a blessing and a curse.

Yes, Michelle Pfeiffer joined the MCU, but her first appearance was in…an Ant-Man movie.

In 2018, I enjoyed this film more than I’d expected, though. Does that warm fuzzy remain?

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The Grand Plan

Evangeline Lilly stole every scene she had in Ant-Man, as she saw Scott Lang the way director Peyton Reed knew the world would…as a total putz.

When Lang earned the respect of Hope van Dyne, he thereby caused audiences to acknowledge, no matter how grudgingly, that he was a worthy hero.

Peyton Reed talks with Ant-Man and the Wasp on the set of the second movie. Photo: The Verge

Ant-Man loaded the deck by casting Paul Rudd, the eventual Hollywood replacement for Tom Hanks, as the star.

Also, Reed turned this character into the world’s greatest weekend parent, a super-proud girl dad who has punched above his weight class with his love life.

Marvel’s Ant-ManScott Lang/Ant-Man (Paul Rudd)Photo Credit: Zade Rosenthal© Marvel 2014

Even better, the Ant-Man sequel provides Lang with a noble opportunity. He can rescue his potential mother-in-law from oblivion! How could Hope break up with him after that?

Meanwhile, this story prevents Michael Douglas’ character, Hank Pym, from going crazy. If you’ve seen What If…?, you know it’s crucial that he stay sane.

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The current Ant-Man informs his predecessor that Janet van Dyne may live in the Quantum Realm, an epiphany with future time-traveling significance.

More pertinent to this film, Lang’s visions reveal Hope’s Hide and Seek location from childhood. Somehow, this verifies that Janet has survived.

Look, you’re not watching Ant-Man movies for the story. You want small things to turn big and big things to turn small. Accept this about yourself.

Marvel’s Ant-ManAnt-Man/Scott Lang (Paul Rudd)Photo Credit: Film Frame© Marvel 2015

The Adventure

All Marvel plans come with hiccups. In this case, the drama stems from a phase-disrupted character named Ghost.

An accident has trapped her without physical form. She’s visible but just barely, like a…well, you get it.

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The marvelous Hannah John-Kamen portrays Ghost, while my beloved Walton Goggins plays an arms dealer who seems like the big bad but isn’t.

Yes, Marvel’s just casually throwing Boyd Crowder into the mix because it can.

More importantly, Laurence Fishburne appears as Bill Foster. This name resonates with Marvel fans, especially those who remember THAT moment from Civil War.

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Foster has reason to dislike Hank Pym in this story, while Ghost flat out despises the previous Ant-Man.

As usual with superhero stories, the blurred line between the mystical and the physical leads to some sort of science magic wherein all roads lead to the Quantum Realm.

Surprisingly, Hank Pym is the one who does most of the traveling. Scott stays in the city to show off all sorts of size jokes.

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We’ve got Matchbook cars that turn out to be authentic. An empty Ant-Man suit deflates at the optimal moment. Even a fall into the water gag plays to the core theme of scale.

Peyton Reed’s tone with Fantastic Four carries through to this film, which is little more than a glorified excuse to be silly.

Ant-Man and the Wasp remember what we were like as kids, acting out the impossible and believing anything was possible for superheroes.

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The Truth about Ant-Man’s Sequel

You’ll never notice the similarities until you look for them. Still, Ant-Man employs the same underlying mechanics as Dr. Strange.

I noticed this more when I watched them consecutively. Both hide behind splashy graphics that provide action in place of plot development.

Both the Ghost fights and the Quantum Realm encounters work as shiny baubles in the meaty sections of the movie.

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Those action scenes distract and lead to some poignant moments. That marital reconciliation scores are high on the Marvel Feels scale.

Meanwhile, Scott Lang gets Inspector Clouseau treatment. He’s skilled enough to get the job done, but he looks like an incompetent doof many times along the way.

Marvel has settled on the character of Ant-Man as comic relief, a weird choice for a superhero. It’s entirely understandable for a guy with ant powers, though.

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Interestingly, Reed dials up the comic relief from the supporting cast as well, making this film border on a Monty Python flick at times.

Baba Yaga and truth serum jokes get run into the ground, and I’m not mad at it.

The witch joke pays off in spades at one point. Meanwhile, we know the truth serum will come back to haunt some villains.

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Even so, Goggins sells this joke like it’s the most important thing he’s ever done. And Walton Goggins can sell a joke.

The Heart of Ant-Man

Something I hadn’t remembered as well about the film is its emotional resonance.

Yes, the marital reunion decades in the making plays a factor in this. However, some other aspects matter just as much.

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Ghost’s fate requires some maternal instinct from an unlikely ally. This event reminds me of that marvelous Ted Lasso quote, “Be curious, not judgmental.”

One of the characters approaches someone they recognize as suffering and attempts to heal them.

They have no consideration over whether this action might jeopardize their own life. They can help, so they do.

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The MCU needs more of this sort of selfless recklessness. And it pays dividends by turning a potential foe into an ally. Those potential redemption arcs matter, too.

We’re outgrowing the tired white hat/black hat days. Even Thanos had a point, something that the MCU continues to drive home today.

Still, my favorite moment in this film occurs when someone tries to protect someone else. They try to send this individual away, but friends stand with friends in time of need.

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This story resolution is exceptional in what’s otherwise a pure popcorn movie with little memorable about it.

In truth, that’s proven to be the default setting for these MCU movies around the time of the big Thanos fight.

Save for Black Panther, most of these titles were filler and little more. Filler’s not bad, though. It keeps us entertained while waiting for better.

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Ant-Man and the Wasp is a perfectly charming B+, but it’s no Ladyhawke.

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Everything you need to know about Wolverine

Wolverine

Wolverine is a fictional character that appears in American comic books published by Marvel Comics, typically in conjunction with the X-Men. His real name is James Howlett, but he also goes by the aliases Logan and Weapon X.

How did Wolverine Became Popular?

Origin of Wolverine by Paul Jenkins Wolverine, the ol’ Canucklehead, has certainly evolved from the idea of a Canadian superhero to being the finest at what he does. Wolverine, a comic book character whose stern, aggressive demeanor established the bar It became quickly obvious that his initial yellow-and-blue clothing did not conjure up images of a furious the early 21st century…

James Howlett – Wolverine – Logan – Weapon X

Here is some facts about Wolverine

Habitat. These hardy creatures live alone and require a lot of space to wander.
Diet. Wolverines are stubborn, so while they occasionally consume vegetarian food like plants and berries in the summer, it does not constitute a significant portion of their diet.

What role does Wolverine play in X-Men Apocalypse?

Professor Charles Xavier invites Wolverine to join up for his new superhero-mutant team, called the X-Men, where Logan creates a close friendship with Cyclops and Jean Grey. Later it was discovered that Xavier, erased Logan’s memory and forced him to join the X-Men team by purpose. Professor X had to delete all Wolverine memories because he was sent to kill X-Men team leader a.k.a. – Charles Xavier.

Cyclops and Jean Grey

James Howlett (Wolverine) is also called Logan and Weapon X. He is a mutant with three retractable claws in each hand and animal-keen senses. He also has heightened physical powers, a strong regeneration ability known as a healing factor, and animal-keen senses.

Hugh Jackman playing Wolverine a.k.a. Logan

So Wolverine is from DC (Detective Comic) or MCU ( Marvel Cinematic Universe)?

Offten fans wonder is Wolverine a DC or a Marvel hero? Well, Wolverine was allegedly inspired by the DC superhero Timberwolf. Due to his ability to heal, the color of his outfit, and his hair, he is Wolverine’s polar opposite. The only thing that separates them is their claws, which are quite similar to each other despite Timberwolf’s sharp claws not being like Wolverine’s retractable ones. But, officially Wolverine was created for Marvel Comics by writer Len Wein and artist John Romita.

What is Wolverine’s history?

Did you know that Wolverine actually are father to Jimmy Hudson? James Hudson and Wolverine served together in the Iraq War, and James was given guardianship of Wolverine’s infant kid. To make the adoption legitimate, Jimmy’s surname name was changed from Howlett to Hudson. Jimmy’s origins were kept a mystery up until his senior year of high school. Wolverines son – Jimmy didn’t realize he was a mutant when he was a child, but he always felt unique and rejected the idea that he might be one.

In movies we saw that Hugh Jackman who played Logan in several movies, had to play very different scenario/story line whan it’s in comic books. For the first time Wolverine appeared in our TV screens in 2009. X-Men Origins: Wolverine (2009) showed us remarcable MCU story line with new characters. At the movie we saw that Logan a.k.a. Wolverine was made in laboratory. But did you know that in comics, originally he got such powers from his birth parent.

Just to clarify, who is Wolverine?

Wolverine is a fictional character that appears in American comic books published by Marvel Comics, typically in conjunction with the X-Men. His real name is James Howlett, but he also goes by the aliases Logan and Weapon X.

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Wolverine and Deadpool

Who is Deadpool in Wolverine?

One of the worse films in the Fox X-Men film series is frequently cited as X-Men Origins: Wolverine. And the portrayal of Wade Wilson, a.k.a. Deadpool, in the movie has drawn some of the most severe criticism. Fans were ecstatic to see The Merc With the Mouth on the big screen when it was released in 2009.

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All information you need to know about Deadpool

If you’ve been on the Internet lately, you’ve definitely noticed some peculiar advertising for a superhero film starring Ryan Reynolds. Funny, but Ryan Reynol’d’ attractive face 90% of the movie time was hidden.

Why Deadpool always wear a mask? Why is the hip-hop music so strange and off-key? Why so much profanity? Because, ladies and gentlemen, this is Deadpool, a superhero who takes great pleasure in the bizarre.

We’re here to fill you in on the latest Marvel Comics superhero movie, which will be distributed by 20th Century Fox. Hold on to your chimichangas because this is going to be a wild journey.

Deadpool: Who is he?

Deadpool

Deadpool, actual name Wade Wilson, is an aggressive mercenary with a strong background in martial arts and swordplay. He was given fast healing abilities through the Weapon X program, effectively rendering him immortal.

Deadpool’s entire body appears to be extensively scarred since his cancerous cells regenerate just as quickly as his regular cells due to the fact that he was diagnosed with cancer at the time of the Weapon X experiment (and possibly wreaking havoc on his brain chemistry). The whole face mask is the result. And the power to sarcastically leave while being beheaded.

Fun Fact: Deadpool enjoys chimichangas a lot.

What connection does Deadpool have to the X-Men?

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Deadpool originally joined the New Mutants, a group of young X-Men, as a supervillain, but over time, he evolved into an antihero who fought alongside Wolverine, the X-Men, and even a few Avengers.

Before acquiring his regenerative abilities, Wade Wilson, a chatty mercenary, appeared as Deadpool on the big screen. Reynolds portrayed him in 2009’s X-Men Origins: Wolverine, and even though the film wasn’t that great and fans bemoaned the muting of the infamously nicknamed “Merc with a Mouth,Reynolds made enough of an impression in both of those and in the leaked Deadpool test footage that the studio wanted him for a second go-round.

What’s up with Deadpool?

With an eerie similarity to the DC Comics villain Deathstroke in terms of both outfit and abilities, Deadpool made his debut in The New Mutants comics in 1991. He was co-created by Fabian Nicieza and Rob Liefeld, and his name, Wade Wilson, is a play on Deathstroke’s true name, Slade Wilson.

Since his debut in the 1990s, Deadpool has quickly developed a devoted fan base among comic book readers and convention goers. Seriously, during conventions, everyone is dressed as Deadpool. Why? Because he breaks the fourth wall and is a humorous parody of well-known superheroes.

Deadpool frequently brings up the fact that he is in a comic book, much to the amusement of his readers and the consternation of his fellow comic book characters. The whole thing is turned into a meta-commentary joke as he even leans into his similarities to every other comic book character, including Deadshot, Deathstroke, and a loose version of Spider-Man.

Should You Read Any Deadpool Comics?

Deadpool

Short answer is Yes, Yes, Yes! You should try these one:

  • Deadpool, Volume The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly (2013) features a humorous character team-up with Captain America and Wolverine as well as a Deadpool origin story.
  • X-Force Uncanny Vol. 1 (2011–2012): The mercenary’s first significant team-up and a more somber side (along with a costume change).
  • No partnership is better than that of the rambunctious and talkative Deadpool and the mute and stern part-cyborg Cable from the 2004 film Cable & Deadpool.
  • Joe Kelly’s Deadpool (1997–1999) is widely regarded as the archetypal version of the antihero and served as the start of the comic book character’s comedy career.
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Blade lost it’s director

Almost everyone is aware of what is going on with Warner Brother’s Flash movie. The movie had other issues before Ezra Miller’s weird string of detentions and accusations, though. The Flash was changing directors as quickly as Jay Garrick vibrating through solid objects before their current PR disaster with the movie’s leading man. In hindsight, The Flash’s director departure was the first sign that the movie was in trouble.

Blade

We are a little concerned because of the current news regarding the Blade movie. The entrance of Blade in the Marvel universe has been eagerly anticipated by fans of the franchise, along with the appearances of Deadpool, Wolverine, and Daredevil. Blade from 1998 was the first film to provide Marvel as a corporation the boost it needed before Iron Man became the MCU’s success trigger. In any case, the director in charge of bringing a vision of Blade to the MCU has made the decision to leave the project two months before filming is set to begin.

Variety has reported that Bassam Tariq is no longer the “Blade” director for Marvel Studios.

Tariq’s resignation is unexpected because filming on Marvel’s next film about the renowned comic book vampire slayer was supposed to start in November. Along with Delroy Lindo and Aaron Pierre in supporting roles, Mahershala Ali will play the lead in the movie. According to those with direct knowledge of the matter, Tariq will continue to be involved in “Blade” as an executive producer even if he will no longer be the director.

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