Ant-Man and The Wasp is one of the weaker MCU movies to date and not just because it had the unenviable task of following Infinity War.
The wonder the first movie brought was evident in the sequel but to a lesser extent…much lesser.
However, it could have been much better if it had made one narrative choice.
If it had been set in the timeline between the Snap and the Blip.
The Strange New World
Ant-Man and The Wasp could have introduced the audience to the bleak, depressing world that we saw glimpses of in Endgame and gone deeper.
A new wave of crime, fueled by the terror caused by the aftermath and the scrappy band of heroes fighting it would have made for great storytelling.
It could have told stories of how scientists were working around the clock to fix the problem, the whereabouts of Tony Stark after his failed mission, the criminals profiting of the change to the status quo, the shadowy new vigilante ripping up gangs and disappearing (Ronin), and so much more.
Instead, we got a tale of Hot Potato as the Quantum Lab switched ownership so many times, a ridiculous and annoying villain, incompetent law enforcement officers and an overstuffed story with very little tension and a lot of gaffes that felt artificial.
The Sad Reality
Ant-Man and The Wasp’s only official purpose seems to be the creation of the Quantum Tunnel Van and leaving Scott Lang stuck in the Quantum Realm until a rat could save him in Endgame.
While his performance in Endgame was above and beyond what we all expected, it contributes to a worrying trend in the Ant-Man movies.
His big moments happen in other movies.
The first onscreen appearance of his sleek new suit and Giant-Man was in Civil War.
His heartbreaking reunion with his daughter after disappearing for five years was in Endgame.
And at this point, we need to question if we even need a third Ant-Man movie.
Ant-Man and The Wasp isn’t a bad movie by any stretch of the imagination. It’s just disappointing given how it could have been so much more and needed to be (after Edgar Wright’s departure from the first movie).
All we can do is hope for something more daring if we ever get a third movie in the franchise.