Laughs. Smiles. Gasps.
I had them all Saturday night as I watched Ant-Man and The Wasp from a theater on the Walt Disney Studios lot, surrounded by Disney employees and press.
It’s time to share a few things (though not all – that will come later, and trust me, you’ll want to know some serious scoop from our interviews at Sunday’s Ant-Man and The Wasp press junket. Interview posts begin Friday with Ant-Man himself, Paul Rudd, but for now, here is my Ant-Man and The Wasp spoiler free scoop – what you must know before you go.
(Disney, Marvel Studios, Freeform & Disney Junior have invited me to California on an all-expenses paid trip, in exchange for our coverage of events. As always, all opinions are my own. Affiliate links in post.)
Ant-Man and The Wasp Spoiler Free Review
A little background…
From the Marvel Cinematic Universe comes ANT–MAN AND THE WASP, a new chapter featuring heroes with the astonishing ability to shrink. In the aftermath of CAPTAIN AMERICA: CIVIL WAR, Scott Lang grapples with the consequences of his choices as both a Super Hero and a father. As he struggles to rebalance his home life with his responsibilities as Ant–Man, he’s confronted by Hope van Dyne and Dr. Hank Pym with an urgent new mission. Scott must once again put on the suit and learn to fight alongside the Wasp as the team works together to uncover secrets from the past.
On Not Spilling the MARVEL-ous Beans
Ant-Man and The Wasp is a movie that comes on the heels of Marvel’s Infinity War, and one that is desperately needed.
The anticipation is unbelievable, with everyone wanting to know anything and everything about their favorite Marvel characters, including Ant-Man.
Is there an Avengers: Infinity War tie-in? Most definitely. Is there an Ant-Man and The Wasp spoiler that demands we hold our tongues a bit and allow everyone to experience what I did, not knowing until the moment it is revealed onscreen? Yes.
And while I may be holding my tongue and not spilling the MARVEL-ous beans, there are a few things you need to know about the movie BEFORE YOU GO (especially looked at from a parent’s point of view).
What You Need to Know Before You Go…
You Must Have Watched Avengers: Infinity War
You have seen Avengers: Infinity War , right? If not, the movie is so popular that you will find it still playing in theaters.
There is no doubt that to fully appreciate (and even understand) Ant-Man and The Wasp and the post-scene credits, you must have seen the film.
While the movie is enjoyable on its own merits, the tie-in is undeniable and WHOA!
Yes, we are talking gasps!
Brush Up on Two Other Marvel Movies
Ant-Man and The Wasp is a sequel to Ant-Man, so it’s a good idea to brush up on the details and re-watch the original.
Also remember that we’ve seen Ant-Man, aka Scott Lang, more than once in the Marvel Cinematic Universe. So watch these films again!
Ant-Man and The Wasp is in theaters July 6th, so you have a week to do your homework. 🙂
So yes, that’s three Marvel films to watch – make it a Marvel-a-thon this weekend!
Stay for 2 Post-Credit Scenes
As true Marvel fans will attest to, you never leave a Marvel film until it is completely over. You stay for ALL the credits.
There are 2 post-credit scenes in Ant-Man and The Wasp. Do not miss this. Do not get up when the credits start rolling. It is EVERYTHING!
The Parents Corner
Now it’s time for me to put on my Mom-Hat and look at the film from a parent’s perspective.
Movie Themes? Rating?
This was my first reaction…
Fatherhood. Blended families. Diversity. Girl power. This is exactly what #AntmanAndTheWasp brings to the big screen and #MCU and why I will bring my daughter to see it! #AntManandTheWaspEvent #DisneyPartner #Marvel #Antman #TheWasp pic.twitter.com/SQsD6rq3dj
— Finding Debra (@FindingDebra2) June 24, 2018
I’ll talk more about the niche that Ant-Man has specifically carved in the Marvel Cinematic Universe in my Paul Rudd interview, but unlike some others, these films really focus on family.
It’s not often we see a superhero in the role of a parent, so it was important for Marvel to make the film as family-friendly as possible. They have succeeded by tackling issues that our children deal with everyday.
Tweens and teens need to see blended families that work. Girls AND boys need to see women in positions of power, when most of their favorite superheroes have been male.
Yes, I’ll be taking my tween to see Ant-Man and the Wasp for so many reasons. But let me get a little more specific…
The rating is based on the science-fiction action scenes.
As I always say, you know your children best, so take these notes below and I hope it helps. Bottom line – if your child has seen and is comfortable with Star Wars or other Marvel movies, Ant-Man and The Wasp will be fine.
Scare Factor? The Villain
From the very first time I saw “Ghost” on the big screen, I’ll admit “she” was a little scary.
She is a character that is unique, one with a backstory you will soon discover.
If your children have seen Star Wars, “Ghost” isn’t as scary as let’s say Kylo Ren or Darth Vader, in my opinion. She is intense, but throughout the movie, I believe the scare factor will lessen.
TIP: I would show the kids this image (and trailer below) to prepare them.
Language? (UPDATED after seeing it a 2nd time)
I noticed two times the word “bad-ass” was used. There was a “no shit”, “bull shit” and many damns.
I recall two kisses and one scene looking back in time in which characters were standing up and had their hands all over each other kissing, etc. No sexual acts or anything remotely even close.
The fact that this is the very first time a female character has been in the title of a Marvel movie says it all.
For those of us raising girls, this is a moment in history, a moment we need more of.
The humor is top notch and I dare say funnier than the first movie (and family friendly). The kids will love the pop culture references.
3-D or Not?
I saw Ant-Man and The Wasp in 3-D and loved it for the action scenes. Is it necessary? No, but I think it always adds a little extra excitement.
Ant-Man and The Wasp is incredible. The cast is insanely talented with Paul Rudd, Evangeline Lilly, and Michael Douglas. You can bet newcomers Michelle Pfieffer and Laurence Fishburne add another level of greatness to the ensemble. It’s hilarious and is just what we needed after Infinity War. You will not be disappointed.
Make plans for the 4th of July weekend – and make them include Ant-Man and The Wasp!
Let’s take a look…
Marvel Studios’ ANT-MAN AND THE WASP opens in theaters everywhere on July 6th!
Stay tuned for cast and director interviews!
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