Deep Dive - MCU: Ant-Man and the Wasp
Updated: Nov 24, 2020
We polled our entire team and ranked every MCU film across six categories. We weighted each category based on their overall value to the success of the movie.
Plot - 25%
Character Development - 20%
Villain - 20%
Action - 12.5%
Intangibles - 12.5%
Supporting Cast - 10%
Film: Ant-Man and the Wasp
Release Date: July 6, 2018
Rotten Tomato - TOMATOMETER: 88%
Rotten Tomato - Audience: 76%
Opening Weekend: $75,812,205
Gross US: $216,648,740
Gross Worldwide: $617,260,330
Synopsis: As Scott Lang balances being both a Super Hero and a father, Hope van Dyne and Dr. Hank Pym present an urgent new mission that finds the Ant-Man fighting alongside The Wasp to uncover secrets from their past.
Analysis: The story is fitting for the first female co-led MCU film as Scott helps Hope reunite with her long-lost mother. It is much more interesting from that aspect than Scott playing Ferris Bueller's Day Off and trying to get home before the FBI finds out he's not there.
Analysis: Hope finally checked into the game and got to show off her skills while Scott wasn't around. Following the events of Civil War, Scott wasn't on the best terms with Hope and Hank. The Pyms only reached out to Scott because of his "dream", but they eventually found their groove again and became great partners, even though Cassie wanted to be her dad's partner.
Name: Ava Starr/Ghost
Bio: An accident involving a quantum tunnel that killed her parents blasted Ava with quantum energy, giving her the ability to phase through matter. S.H.I.E.L.D gave her a suit to harness her power and trained her to use it for the organization in espionage missions. She was eventually taken in by biochemist Bill Foster after the collapse of S.H.I.E.L.D. who helped her try to find a cure for her worsening condition.
Evil Plan: Find a cure for her ailment by any means necessary before she fades from existence.
Analysis: We don't consider Ava an evil person. The pain she was going through sounded horrible. She did hurt some people along the way, including an attempt to extract energy from the Quantum Realm that would have killed Janet, but all turned out ok in the end.
Sonny Burch, the black-market technology dealer, could be considered the main villain instead of Ava, but either way, this is clearly the weakest aspect of the film.
Hammerin' Hank Ant-Ron
This Bud's For You
One Fishburne, Two Fishburne, Red Pill, Blue Pill
World's Greatest Granddaughter
Analysis: There were some great additions to an already delightful cast from Ant-Man. We especially hope that Jimmy Woo sticks around in future installments after he graduates from Online Close-Up Magic University.
Analysis: Finally we got to see Hope as the Wasp in action, which was awesome. Her abilities going up against Ghost's phasing made for an entertaining battle. The car chase scenes were solid as well, especially when Hello Kitty gets in on the action.
Analysis: The heart of this movie is driven by Hope and Hank fighting to bring Janet back from the Quantum Realm. We are treated to a touching reunion at the end when Janet saves Hank from going mad in the Quantum Realm and they return to Hope just like they were supposed to all those years ago.
A Magician Never Reveals His Secrets
Luis Just Wants A Suit
There's No Such Thing As Truth Serum!
Analysis: Remember, this movie came out right after Infinity War, so we needed something a little uplifting at that time. That's exactly what Ant-Man and the Wasp is. It won't ever be considered one of the best MCU films, but it's another very enjoyable entry.