Following the events of Captain America: Civil War, Scott Lang is under house arrest. The request for help from Professor Hank Pym and his daughter Hope, however, forced him to find a stratagem to evade the police and return to action.
Every time the business becomes too imposing and the fate of the world is decided, Marvel needs its most fun minixieroe to lighten the atmosphere.
In the previous chapter, Paul Rudd and Peyton Reed found the perfect cocktail: converting Judd Apatow’s film comedy into a superhero context.
Password: never take yourself too seriously, but do not resort to the irony savant from the social network of Thor: Ragnarok. Better healthy sound of a middle American man, exemplarily embodied by Paul Rudd. In the myriad of romcom and TV series interpreted (including Friends) Rudd has always managed to remain himself. An eternal Peter Pan capable of self-irony and irresistible awkwardness, and in his heroic way. Scott Lang’s relationship with his daughter and the need to distract her from the distortions of the world complete with a touch of Disney the identikit of the only superhero that we really want to know in the real world of the Marvel universe.
Compared to the first chapter, Ant-Man and the Wasp is above all a matter of scale dimensions, between miniaturized buildings and automobiles, and increasingly lysergic explorations of the subatomic world. On this last point the reference to the hallucinatory journey becomes stronger and stronger, following a vintage recovery of the sci-fi style sci-fi style radiance BX Radiation: man’s destruction that makes the events of the Form-Man irresistible. The action segment of Ant-Man and the Wasp is so daring and compelling that it overshadows the actual plot, undermined by the inconsistency of the new villain (wasted “quantum spectrum”, Lawrence Fishburne and Walton Goggins) and weakness some passages of screenplay (how can one return from a thirty year captivity in a subatomic world without psychic consequences)? But the impact of pure entertainment, laughter and adrenaline, remains unquestionable, if not amplified compared to the past in Ant-Man and the Wasp.