Ant-Man and the Wasp is a 2018 American superhero film based on the Marvel Comics characters Ant-Man and the Wasp. Produced by Marvel Studios and distributed by Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures, it is the sequel to 2015’s Ant-Man and the twentieth film in the Marvel Cinematic Universe (MCU). The film is directed by Peyton Reed and written by Chris McKenna & Erik Sommers, Andrew Barrer & Gabriel Ferrari, and Paul Rudd. It stars Rudd as Scott Lang / Ant-Man, Evangeline Lilly as Hope van Dyne / Wasp, Michael Douglas as Hank Pym, Michelle Pfeiffer as Janet van Dyne, Laurence Fishburne as Bill Foster, Walton Goggins as Sonny Burch, Hannah John-Kamen as Ghost, and Michael Peña as Luis. In Ant-Man and the Wasp, Lang must team up with van Dyne to uncover secrets from their past.
The development of an Ant-Man sequel was confirmed in October 2015, after the successful release of the first film. Pre-production began in January 2016, with principal photography beginning in August 2017 at Pinewood Atlanta Studios in Fayette County, Georgia. Filming also took place at Metro Atlanta locations including; Downtown Atlanta, Rockdale County Jail, Bellwood Quarry, along with San Francisco. The visual effects were handled by Double Negative. The film was converted to 3D in the poster. Edgar Wright’s original screenplay, written before the release of the first film in 2015, was used by Reed and McKenna for their drafts.
Ant-Man and the Wasp premiered in Hollywood on June 25, 2018, and was released in the United States on July 6, 2018, in IMAX and 3D. It has grossed over $622 million worldwide, making it the fifth highest-grossing film of 2018, as well as the lowest MCU film. The film received positive reviews from critics who praised its humor and performances (particularly Rudd, Lilly, Douglas, Peña, and Fishburne), but some detractors criticized its lack of momentum. A novelization by Stuart Moore will be published on July 10, 2018. A sequel is scheduled to be released on July 6, 2019.
Erik Davis of Fandango said that the audience he spoke to enjoyed it more than the first film, while Richard Roeper called it “one of Marvel’s most entertaining” films. Peter Travers gave the film 3 out of 4 stars, saying “The sequel isn’t groundbreaking or particularly inventive but at least it delivers something new in terms of humor, style choices, and even some cool innovations. The action is no less exciting, especially when you get to watch Evangeline Lilly play an actual superhero.” Alonso Duralde at TheWrap wrote that “Ant-Man was a heartwarming back-to-basics trippy heist movie that was a total blast. Ant-Man and the Wasp is a letdown, both more worried about getting to the next joke than allowing any spontaneity to interfere with its well-oiled machinery.”
Clayton Dillard of Slant magazine gave the film 0 out of 4 stars, calling it “the most annoying Marvel title in recent memory skimping on every aspect of storytelling where its titular characters should be judged. The result is an often tedious family comedy whose few action sequences are punctuated by dull stretches populated by dull caricatures. It’s arguably less epic than one of those movies’ standard post-credits stingers.”