Marvel’s Ant-Man and the Wasp is a breath of fresh air, especially compared to its predecessor, 2015's Ant-Man, which, while enjoyable, was all over the place and devoted too much time to poorly motivated action sequences, holds Tasha Robinson in The Verge. The sequel is well-written, funny, exciting, and particularly fun to watch because of the creative ways director Peyton Reed stages creative fights that take advantage of the Ant-Man's growing and shrinking technology. Paul Rudd's boyish charm and humor and the talent of the supporting cast, including Evangeline Lilly and Michelle Pfeiffer, offer a playful, visually pleasing movie experience.
Ant-Man and the Wasp feels like one more pre-packaged, rote Marvel blockbuster hitting cinemas. Evangeline Lilly’s Wasp character has more emotional and physical heroism than Paul Rudd’s Ant-Man, leaving viewers to question whether the latter has enough substance to actually carry a whole movie, let alone franchise, writes Jason Gorber in The Bonus View. While supporting actors like Judy Greer, Bobby Cannavale and Laurance Fishburne, among others, are sprinkled throughout, they aren’t given enough to work with to positively impact the narrative. This sequel is adequate, but nothing to compare to other movies in the Marvel universe.