Disney and Marvel Studios brings the next chapter in the Marvel Cinematic Universe to your ever-expanding blu-ray shelf as Ant-Man and The Wasp comes home.
In terms of timeline, this film seems to happen concurrently with Infinity War, something that is touched on during the tags at the end of the film, and gives Ant-Man’s Scott Lang (the every likable Paul Rudd) and his new partner, The Wasp (Evangeline Lily) a big adventure that expands on both of their stories, while also exploring the original Ant-Man, Hank Pym (Micheal Douglas) and his wife, Janet (Michelle Pfieffer), the original Wasp.
Tying in with Ant-Man, as well as the rest of the Marvel Universe, the film continues to explore the theme of family, and does so with lots of humor.
As always the blu-ray disc is loaded with extras, including a number of featurettes that take a look at both the leads, their acting, and action styles, and the way they work together. There are looks at Douglas and Pfieffer, the production design – making a photo-real environment for the quantum realm, as well as the shrinking and the growing of Scott Lang, not to mention the location work in San Francisco, Atlanta, and Georgia’s Pinewood Studios. Visual effects are touched on, as well as the enjoyable macro photographed sequences when Scott takes on various sizes.
The gag reel is hilarious, but way too short. The Stan Lee outtakes are brilliant. And rounding out the extras is a fun, and informative audio commentary by director Peyton Reed.
The twentieth film in the Marvel Cinematic Universe continues to do what the rest of the films in the series have done, tell great stories, have fantastic character and action beats. Sure these are comic book movies, a genre that isn’t as sneered at as once it was, but they entertain, they ground their characters and make them relatable, and of course, they all weave together to form a much greater whole… possibly planting seeds for Avengers 4…
The picture and the sound on this blu-ray is fantastic, sharp and beautiful much like the ones that have come before it. And Paul Rudd’s easy-going portrayal of Scott Lang makes this one a lot of fun to revisit (not that I don’t revisit the Marvel films on a regular basis as it is).
I love that the Marvel films have become a reliable, and entertaining tentpole franchise, bringing us a Universe we’d never seen on screen before (and I’ll admit, it’s a lot of fun watching others try to jump start their own shared universes with lesser degrees of success. I love my MCU!).
Ant-Man and The Wasp hits blu-ray and DVD today from Disney and Marvel Studios, add it to your MCU collection today.