This weekend will see the release of Marvel’s Ant-Man and the Wasp. Scott Lang (Paul Rudd) returns to his superhero duties when Hope Van Dyne (Evangeline Lily) and Dr. Hank Pym (Michael Douglas) present an urgent new mission that finds the Ant-Man fighting alongside The Wasp to uncover secrets from their past. In preparation for the film we’re taking a look at where the characters were the last time we saw them.
In the first Ant-Man film we saw Hank hire Scott to help him steal back Pym technology and stop Darren Cross (aka Yellowjacket) from selling the tech to evil entities. Hank, once Ant-Man, worked with SHIELD, but gave that life up long ago. Due to his inability to cope after his wife, Janet Van Dyne, was unable to return from the Quantum Realm during a mission to save the world, Hank and Hope share a strained relationship. The film sees the team save the day and stop Cross once and for all. In a post credit scene, Hank reveals to Hope that he had a suit made for her so she can resume the duties as the Wasp.
Since then Scott was recruited by Captain America to help fight Iron Man’s pro-Superhero registration battle. In the process he was arrested and sent to prison at a high level prison facility called The Raft. Ironically enough, after spending the first film working to keep the Ant-Man tech safe from the rest of the world, the suit was likely taken by Tony Stark, someone Hank wasn’t exactly a fan of. We learn in Avengers: Infinity War that Scott had taken some sort of deal in order to be with his daughter. The details haven’t been explained beyond that.
We don’t know much in terms of plot for the film, except that the team will be searching for Janet Van Dyne (Michelle Pfeiffer) and facing off against a new villain known as Ghost (Hannah John-Kamen). Scott was able to shrink down to a size that brought him into the Quantum Realm, where Janet had disappeared in the first film. There’s a good chance they’re trying to take what they learned from that and move forward. We do know that because of the “Sokovia Accords,” aka the Superhero Registration Act from Captain America: Civil War, Hank and Hope have been on the run. How everyone comes together and what happens beyond all that is still a mystery.
There’s a lot of interesting things to take in with this film. It’s the first time a female Superhero is headlining a Marvel film, which is much overdue. This is also one of the rare occasions where we have very little information on the plot of the film. And there’s no telling exactly where the film fits into the timeline concerning Infinity War. And finally, this film is really going to let the team behind the first Ant-Man film expand.
The original film was supposed to be directed by Edgar Wright (Shaun of the Dead). But after years of development Wright left the project and Director Peyton Reed came in. Adam McKay (Anchorman) and Paul Rudd worked together on the script for the film to match up Marvel and Reed’s plans. However, the film was still based on the original script by Wright and Joe Cornish (Attack the Block). It’ll be interesting to see how this film works out given the team behind it was able to start fresh with their own ideas.
We’ll see how things move forward this weekend when Ant-Man and the Wasp hits theaters Thursday evening. Keep following Poor Man’s Spoiler for all of our coverage on the film over the next few days!