Marvel hasn’t had the best luck with sequels over the years. Iron Man 2 was largely considered worse than its hailed predecessor, Iron Man. Thor: The Dark World, the sequel to Thor, is so bad I’m still trying to figure out why it was even called Thor: The Dark World. And Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 was a far cry less enjoyable than the critically acclaimed Guardians of the Galaxy. So, would Ant-Man and the Wasp suffer the same fate? I’m glad to announce that it didn’t.
Ant-Man and the Wasp is a small-story type of movie. There are no surprise Avengers cameos dropping in to make the movie exciting or complex situations that turn the film into a whirlwind of material. Ant-Man and the Wasp take place in one city, in three days, and with four main characters, Scott Lang, Hope van Dyne, Hank Pym, and the constant thorn in their side, Ghost. Simple as that.
It’s always a breath of fresh air to see movie creators decide that less is more. When writers try to over complicate things and make a sequel that’s bouncing all over the place seven times out of ten that movie’s going to end up becoming a confusing hodgepodge of material. Ant-Man and the Wasp does not suffer from that in the slightest.