Ant-Man and The Wasp review: Shrinking the focus to human relationships - CNET
It begs the question as to whether Hank and Janet's relationship could have been saved if they had got marriage counseling. How did Ant-Man. 'Ant-Man and the Wasp' held the promise of being a romantic the heart of Marvel's films were in their romantic relationships — Pepper Potts'. Review: In theaters worldwide now, the Ant-Man sequel is full of humor, focusing on families in this love letter to father-daughter relationships. . our biweekly newsletter will help you stay up to date on all things Marvel.
For nearly two years since the events of Captain America: Scott's predicament has definitely made it harder for him to be a typical dad and forced him to get creative when entertaining his savvy daughter Cassie Abby Ryder Fortsonreprising her role from the first film -- sometimes by building an awesomely '80s-movie-esque cardboard fort when trapped indoors on his weekends. When we meet up with him, Scott is about to be freed from his house and more than ready to be the normal father-hero his daughter deserves.
But after he has a weird "dream," he attempts to reconnect with Hope Van Dyne and her father Michael Douglas yes, he's playing Hank Pym, but isn't Hank just "her dad, a super-smart version of Michael Douglas"? The big difference in the sequel is that The Wasp is a fully costumed superhero in the movie played to kickass perfection by Evangeline Lilly. First seen in 's Ant-ManLilly's Hope has now fully embraced her superhero roots. She's following in her mother's footsteps by donning a personalized suit with some high-tech upgrades wings!
But unlike the recent Avengers film, we're not really worried about the fate of these characters And you're not left feeling like it's a super-sized episode of Westworld that forces you to keep all the characters straight.
The women rule in this sequel: The relationship between Ant-Man and Wasp is one of the earliest established comic pairings, though they were unable to stay together.
How did Ant-Man and Wasp meet? Hank and Janet started out as colleagues who worked together closely. After Janet found out her father was murdered by an alien, she convinced Hank to help her avenge his death. She used Pym Particles and a biochemical procedure to change her size and grow wings. Ant-Man and Wasp worked together to stop the alien, with Wasp falling in love with her partner. But, Hank initially rejected her feelings due to the similarities between Janet and his first wife.
Eventually, Hank and Janet became an item, though Pym was still hesitant to commit to her fully.
Infinity War, more so than some of the other films leading up to the Avengers films. Since the events of Ant-Man and the Wasp occur over 48 hours, the timeline in relation to Infinity War was "left purposefully ambiguous" with Reed noting there had been discussions of placing "little Easter eggs along the way, to start to reveal to the audience where the movie takes place in the timeline, [but t]hat felt not very fun to us and kind of obvious.
The film also has a post-credit scene that shows the ant who doubled for Lang while under house arrest performing a drum solo. There were discussions about having Pfeiffer perform the scene first to give Rudd an idea of how she would act, but the group ultimately decided to let Rudd invent the scene completely himself. The chamber is surrounded by "support shapes" to "create this feeling of desperation and yearning for family and stability". For the "macro-photography" sequences in the film, DNEG took a different approach from their work in Ant-Man due to issues including trying to get a camera to seem small enough to capture the small actions.
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Though some of the film was shot with a Frazier lens that provides extra depth of field, DNEG would still need to "re-project the road higher and "raise the floor level" to simulate a tiny sized camera". As the third act chase sequence was mainly shot in Atlanta, while being set in San Francisco, DNEG VFX Supervisor Alessandro Ongaro noted it required "extensive environment work" with background elements in some shots not being salvageable at all.
The flashback sequences featuring a younger Hank Pym were set around the same time as the flashback sequences of Ant-Man, so Lola were able to use a similar process, referencing Douglas' appearance in Wall Street and having the actor on set in a different wardrobe and wig.
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Lola VFX Supervisor Trent Claus felt Pfeiffer's was less complicated, since "she has aged incredibly well" and still has big hair and a big smile. Pfeiffer's work from Ladyhawke and other films around that time was referenced. For Fishburne, his son served as his younger double, and helped inform Lola how the older Fishburne's skin would have looked in certain lighting situations.
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Lola also made Fishburne thinner, and all actors had their posture adjusted. They also created the first quantum tunnel sequence where Ghost receives her powers, and the flashback missile launch, which had to be replicated exactly from how it appeared in Ant-Man. Method Studios VFX Supervisor Andrew Hellen, explained, "We did a lot of research into macro and cellular level photography, and played with different ways to visualize quantum mechanics.
It has a very magical quality, with a scientific edge. We also used glitching effects and macro lensing to ground the footage, and keep it from feeling too terrestrial.