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Ant-Man and The Wasp–A light and very fun comic book movie–better than Avengers

I’m gonna get right to it.  Ant-Man and Wasp is better than Avengers Infinity War.

Yeah, I said it.

Fight me.

Here is a comic book movie where the characters know they’re in a comic book movie and they are enjoy the crap out of themselves for it.  Please go away sad, dark, comic book characters. We’ve done that.  It’s played out.  And frankly, No one has done it well since Christopher Nolan six years ago—see Superman.

Please, for the love of all that is good and holy, let comic book movies be fun again.

So thank you Antman and Wasp for being fun and silly, and freakin’ enjoying yourself.

The plot is pretty simple.  Sometime in 80s Janet Van Dyne with her husband Hank Pym shrink to stop a Soviet missile, but during the mission they realize that they  need to go to the sub-atomic quantum realm, which is comic book talk for really really small.  Anyway, apparently it is impossible to come back from being too small.  So Janet Van Dyne saves the day by going really really small and shutting down the missile.

Years later, Scott Lang when he steals the Antman suits goes subamotic and comes back.   Which gives both Hank Pym and his daughter Hope Pym, hope that Janet is still alive.  So they build technology to bring her back, but that technology is very valuable.

Fast forward to today where Scott Lang is for whatever reason, under house arrest for two years.  Apparently, helping Captain America in an Avengers movies is worthy of house arrest, for whatever reason.

The house arrest is really just a plot set-up.  It gives Scott a reason to panic later when he is not in the house.

Evangeline Lilly plays The Wasp and she leads the movie.  She does a wonderful job in the action sequences, and holds her own against the comic timing of Paul Rudd who plays Antman.

But the best scenes belong to Michael Pena, as Luis, a former cellmate of Scott, who now runs X-Con security company.

We need a Luis movie.

The movie is light and fun.  Which is a nice change of pace from the super serious comic book movies we’ve been getting.

Wait for the first ends credits scene to see how this movie connects with Avengers: Infinity War.

Final Thoughts

I recommend catching this in the theater.  It is very fun.

Captain America 2 and the indie writer

I caught Captain America last Friday on its opening day.  Marvel has a thing going now.  They have broken out of the linear prequel-sequel story lines, and now they have an entire universe to play-in.  All of the other Avengers were mentioned in the movie, yet they didn’t appear.  At the end of the credits we get a notice, a la James Bond, that Captain America will appear again in Avengers 2.

.Captain America 2 Winter Soldier Poster

Actual Comic books made from paper have been doing this for decades.  Movies based on comic books have only recently caught onto this idea.  I think Disney is also about to take the Star Wars franchise down this road as well, with a new trilogy on the way and then two other side movies in the off years.  (As a side note Disney, I am available for any parts…)

Cool poster.  If you know who did this let me know so I can give proper credit.

Cool poster. If you know who did this let me know so I can give proper credit.

But as writers without corporations or committees needing to be appealed too, writers, and indie writers in particular could really do well with this approach.  The general wisdom on the street is to write in a series.  Well, why limit ourselves to a linear series.  Create a single world and write all about it.  I have thought about it.  I have three books about Kevin.  Maybe I could spread the universe out a little and write about one of his friends, and have Kevin be a sideline character.  I have no idea what I would do, but again this is a possibility.

Maybe we need to stop thinking linearly, and thinking about whole universes.  After all, we create.