Ant-Man and the Wasp is an American superhero film based on the Marvel Comics characters of Scott Lang/Ant-Man and Hope van Dyne/Wasp. It is the sequel to the 2015 film Ant-Man. The film is directed by Peyton Reed from the writing teams of Chris McKenna and Erik Sommers, and Paul Rudd, Andrew Barrer and Gabriel Ferrari and stars Paul Rudd and Evangeline Lilly alongside Michael Pena, Laurence Fishburne, Hannah John-Kamen, Michelle Pfeiffer and Michael Douglas.

Ant-Man and the Wasp picks up after the events of Captain America: Civil War, with Scott (Paul Rudd) close to completing his two year house arrest that was part of the deal to get out of prison after violating the Sokovia Accords by helping Steve Rogers. He has had no connection with Hank Pym (Michael Douglas) and Hope van Dyne (Evangeline Lilly) who have both been on the run from the FBI. In that time they have assembled a lab where they have been building a Quantum Tunnel in attempt to rescue Hank’s wife and Hope’s mother, Janet van Dyne (Michelle Pfeiffer). When Scott contacts them as he has received a message from Janet they see this as confirmation that she is alive and turn to him to help them retrieve her.

However, this is easier said than done, as Hank and Hope’s work is not only wanted by criminal Sonny Burch (Walton Goggins) but also by the mysterious entity known as Ghost (Hannah John-Kamen). Needing additional help they turn to an old associate of Hank’s, Bill Foster (Laurence Fishburne).

Throughout, Scott is trying to ensure that he does not sabotage the new life he has built for himself. He has started a security business with his friends Luis (Michael Pena), Dave (Tip “T.I.” Harris) and Kurt (David Dastmalchian) and has built a better relationship with his daughter Cassie (Abby Ryder Forsten), his ex-wife Maggie (Judy Greer) and her new fiancé Paxton (Bobby Cannavale). As the mission to rescue Janet becomes more and more dangerous Scott must decide whether he protects his new life or becomes Ant-Man again.

Rudd slips easily back into the role of Scott Lang bringing humour and charm to the role and really shines as the film’s co-lead. This time round Rudd is the co-lead as the film fully introduces Lilly’s Hope as a superhero with as much skill as Ant-Man. Wasp is the first female superhero to co-headline a MCU movie and the film doesn’t disappoint with Hope getting an equal number of action scenes as Scott.

The dynamic between the two characters works really well with Hope acting as the straight man to Scott which helps to balance the film’s comedy against the more serious aspects of the film. Wasp is given additional features to Ant-Man – wings and blasters – which elevates the action sequences above what was seen in the first film. Hope is also the emotional arc of the movie and Lilly is able to carry this off as well as the action parts of the sequel.

Having so many villains in the film though does mean that the supporting cast don’t get a lot of screen time to shine. The standouts are Ghost, Luis and Cassie. The character of Ghost is well-developed with an interesting and different arc to many of Marvel’s villains and Luis has one particular scene which expands on the characters fast-talking nature to great effect. Cassie works as the emotional arc for Scott and there are some nice father-daughter scenes between them which show that he can be both a good father and a superhero.

Ant-Man and the Wasp successfully combines humour, action and compelling drama whilst establishing the characters as heroes that can lead their own franchise.

We will next see Ant-Man and the Wasp in Avengers 4 but whilst it is not known the fate of the franchise there is plenty here to show it deserves another outing!