Movie Review Flashback: My Spoiler-Free Review of ‘Ant-Man and the Wasp’

Marvel hasn’t had the best luck with sequels over the years. Iron Man 2 was largely considered worse than its hailed predecessor, Iron ManThor: 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.

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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.

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‘Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse 2’ Gets a Release Date

Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse was a massive hit last year, delivering a powerful story that impacted millions. I’ve seen the movie, I think, five or six times now and honestly, it’s my favorite Spider-Man film, surpassing even the joyous adventures of Tom Holland’s Spidey stories. And the good news has arrived about the sequel.

Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse 2 is coming in a little over two years from now with a spring release in 2022. I couldn’t be more excited.

Miles Morales will face new villains, meet new friends, and will probably have to overcome another very personal but rewarding challenge that will only inspire more viewers of the film.

Sony’s Morbius arrives on July 31, 2020. Sony’s Venom 2 on October 2, 2020. Marvel Studios’ Spider-Man 3 on July 16, 2021. And Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse 2 on April 8, 2022. It’s a great time to be a Spider-Man fan.

I thank you for reading and I hope you have a lovely day.

If Only She Could Tell the Truth: Part 24

Qi’ra’s eyes were wide as she beheld the massive tentacles missing the Millennium Falcon by mere inches.

“What is that thing?” she exclaimed.

“I have no idea,” Lando said, his eyes wide with fear.

“A Summa-Verminoth,” Tobias obliged.

She looked at him.

“They are very rare. Only three have been sighted in the entire galaxy,” Beckett finished.

“Just our luck,” Han grumbled. “We found the fourth one.”

Chewbacca growled as a tentacle zoomed toward the Falcon.

“Han!” Qi’ra yelled.

He swooped the ship downward just a split-second before the vessel could be struck. Han whooped.

“That was close,” he exclaimed.

Lando jumped to the other side of the cockpit where he began to look at L3-37’s navigator. Qi’ra joined him.

“What do you see?” she asked.

He looked at the navigating computer closely. “There seems to be a way out of here near our position.”

Qi’ra grinned. She turned around, about to speak to Han about the good news, when her gaze beheld a terrifying sight.

Han was flying toward a massive vortex colored with the tones of a roaring fire. She couldn’t even speak. She only stared in utter horror.

“It’s a gravity well,” Han announced.

“That dang thing’s right behind us Han,” Tobias Beckett exclaimed.

Han yanked the controls and the ship veered sharply to the left. Qi’ra watched as the massive tentacled creature slid by, its sharp-toothed maw gaping in an angry roar.

“Gotcha,” Han said with a smile.

He turned the ship around and sure enough, in the distance, a glowing crack in the middle of a rocky fissure could be seen.

“There it is!” Lando exclaimed. “The way out.”

Chewbacca pressed the accelerator but the ship didn’t move. In fact, it seemed that the Falcon was being dragged backward. Understanding dawned on Qi’ra. She gasped.

“We’re caught in its gravity,” she said.

Tobias cursed. Lando snapped his fingers.

“I’ve got it,” he said.

Qi’ra turned to him.

“We’ve got enough coaxium in this ship to power a fleet. If we can take a small dosage and insert it in the fuel reactor…”

“It’ll give us just the kick to get out of here,” Han finished.

Tobias straightened. “On it.”

Qi’ra watched as he ran out of the cockpit faster than she’d ever seen him run before. She looked at Lando.

“I hope this works,” she said.

He nodded. “Me too.”