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The Buzz On Ant-Man And The Wasp? It’s Fast, It’s Fun, And Ants Get To Play Drums

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Paul Rudd can do no wrong. This is a completely subjective assessment of the actor’s career but know that if you disagree, you’d be incorrect. In the follow-up to 2015’s Ant-Man debut, Rudd reprises his insect-as-hero role and is joined once again by Evangeline Lilly (Lost, The Hobbit) taking on the role of the Wasp. Director Peyton Reed (Bring It On) returns too, so things bode well for fans of the first Ant-Man movie—and of Rudd.

We catch up with Scott Lang (under house arrest for that stunt in Germany with his new bro, “Cap”) and Hope Van Dyne (a fugitive on the run with her dad) as, separately, they arrive at the same conclusion: Hope’s mom (Michelle Pfeiffer), the former Wasp, is still alive and lost somewhere in the quantum void. Her father, Hank Pym (Michael Douglas), has the science to rescue his wife down pat (mostly) while Scott has the means to communicate with her, thanks to his own voyage into the void.

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As always, there are other parties interested in what Hank has built and at least three of them are giving him a hard time at the moment. By far the most interesting is Ghost, played by Killjoys’ own Hannah John-Kamen). Ghost needs Pym’s science in order to survive—girl’s got some seriously messed up molecules holding her together… or not.

And because of her condition, the dynamic between the ever-shrinking super-insects and their state-shifting adversary is extra fun when it comes into play during the movie’s many fight scenes. It’s as hard to punch an insect as it is to roundhouse kick a person made of mist. Or gas. Or whatever.(Look, there’s a reason we’re not all quantum physicists, okay?)

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We are, however, connoisseurs of fine comedy, and the script has it. Rudd’s character is as self-deprecating as ever, perpetually setting Lilly up to knock him down again and again (it never gets old). And while 2018 may not be the best time to drop a Morrissey reference, we’re willing to separate the art from the artist just this once as that particular joke flew fast and furious from the mouth of Michael Peña’s Luis.

His riff about his abuela’s all-Morrissey jukebox is pretty ironic seeing that a) Yes, Morrissey has a huge Mexican-American fan base but also; b) Morrissey is persona non grata courtesy of his own alt-right views on immigration. The thought of Moz making Marvel money because snippets of not one but two of his songs were used in the movie is irksome. The giant ant playing an electronic drum set does go a small ways towards making up for that, though.

Ant-Man and the Wasp quantum leaps into theatres on July 6. Check out the latest trailer below.