It is not fair that Ant-Man And The Wasp got released in the rest of the world on last Friday, and we have waited for a week. The internet is flooded with spoiler filled content, however, that will not stop me from speculating about the movie. The first Ant-Man movie introduced us to a new character in the MCU named Scott Lang. Scott was a thief who was trying to turn a new leaf so that he can spend more time with his daughter, and he gets wrapped up in some mess that involves Dr. Hank Pym and his Ant-Man suit. That movie was one of the best movies of that year and one of the better heist movies that I have seen in a very long time. The next time we meet Scott is in Captain America: Civil War. By the end of the movie Scott in is the ‘raft’ a special prison for individuals with special abilities. Captain America, by the end of the movie breaks them all out. We have not seen the Ant-Man since, not even in Avengers: Infinity War, however there was a little mention of Ant-man in Avengers 3 but that is it.
Ant-Man and the Wasp is going to pick up 2 years after the events of Civil War. He is in house arrest and some messed up things pull him back in the world of super heroism. I think the Ant-Man franchise has a real fun and funny vibe and after the almost bleak ending to the last Marvel movie, Avengers: Infinity War, this is exactly what the audience needs. I have huge expectations from this movie and here are some things that I need to see happen.
- The Luis Montages
Michael Peña plays a character named Luis. He is Scott’s former cellmate and friend. He is an extremely unique character, he is not the brightest but his way of speaking is very funny and magnetic at the same time. Some of the most memorable and funniest scenes in the first movie were when Luis starts to explain the occurrence of a series of events. The camera stats with his face and then with his narration in the background, we see a series of different characters acting out the events normally but speaking in the unique Luis accent. It would not be a complete sequel if these montages are missing from these movies. However, I am a little concerned that they might overdo it or just use it for the sake of fan service. i want it to be a significant device that can be used to move the plot forward. Also I would limit these montage numbers to the extent of three.
- New Stuff For Old Ant-Man
In the first Ant-Man, Michael Douglas who is playing the role of Hank Pym is basically a walking exposition machine. With an exception of a few character moments he spends most of his screen time explain made up science things to Scott about the shrinking tech, ants, or the plan. Hank Pym is supposed to be the original Ant-Man, who has been affected by the overuse of his own technology, and lost his wife because of the same technology. His character should be treated with a little more respect, and even though I understand why his character had t be sacrificed in the first movie, I expect a lot more from his character this time around. His daughter is taking on the mantle of the Wasp and he has finally had some hope of finding his wife. There are so many directions to take him in now, and I would not mind a couple of action sequences with him as well, he was the original Ant-Man for crying out loud.
- Scare Us With The Ghost
Since Spider-Man: Homecoming, Marvel has shown a significant improvement in their antagonist, the Vulture, Hella, Killmonger and not Thanos, and I would like to see this trend continue. Ghost, the main antagonist of the film is played by the brilliant actress Hannah John-Kamen. She has come in to the present world from the quantum realm and has the power to phase through solid objects. And that is all that I know about her character. I love the design of her suit and especially her mask. I just hope she also bring some character and complex motivations with the character.
- Go Big In The Quantum Realm
Ant-Man was the first movie in the MCU to take the risk of introducing a different dimension to the audience: The Quantum Realm. The risk paid off quite well and the MCU introduced several other dimensions in the Doctor Strange movie. However, since 2015, we have not gone back into the Quantum world. This sequel is the perfect opportunity for Peyton Reed to delve further into this new world. The visuals of this dimension were stunning and extremely trippy, and I want that world to become more weird and beautiful as Hank and Hope try to look for Janet Van Dyne, played by none other than Michelle Pfeiffer.
The Marvel Cinematic Universe has now come to a point where whatever they put out in the theaters; people will come out to see it, no matter how weird it may be. I expect to see this trend by Marvel to continue as it will open the door for more characters that might otherwise be considered, unconventional. Some examples of such character are, Beta Ray Bill, Modok, the Beyonder, etc.