MCU Rewatch: Ant-Man and the Wasp was unlucky it had to follow Infinity War

Thinking back to my first time watching the sequel to one of the more dubious Marvel movie concepts back when Ant-Man and the Wasp came out, I remember thinking the movie was not all that; a pale imitation of the first one. Having gone back and watched it again for only the second time since June of 2018, I came to a realisation.

Ant-Man and the Wasp’s biggest problem wasn’t that it was a weaker movie than it’s predecessor, it was that it had the misfortune of being the movie that had to follow Infinity War. A problem the last movie didn’t have when it was coming off the back of the sour taste Ultron had left in many people’s mouths.

Before I get any deeper though, this is coming to the end of a year long series where I go back and watch all of the movies of the MCU from the beginning. If you want to see the archive of posts so far then look no further than this here link. Otherwise, I’ll get into Ant-Man and the Wasp.

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MCU Rewatch – Avengers: Infinity War proves a villain can carry a movie

It’s taken me so much longer to get through this series than I’d originally envisioned. Then again, there were over 20 movies to watch and articles to write. Now we’re in what feels like the home stretch, and watching movies I certainly have never seen again since the cinema. Which is kind of a travesty when it comes to these last two last Avengers movies and how damned good they are.

It’s crazy to think that I started this rewatch series a year ago talking about how small the first Avengers felt in comparison to the franchise now, and getting to here and seeing this incredible franchise creating film series come together to do something no other movie has done before.

Before I get into this proper though, if you want to go back and read through the posts I’ve written about the movies leading up to Infinity War, then just give this link a lick and see the archive.

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MCU Rewatch – Black Panther is the least interesting part of his own movie

This is part of an ongoing series, to see all of my posts on the MCU thus far then just click this link.

Something that never occurred to me the first time I watched Black Panther was how similar it was in so many ways to the first Thor movie from way back when. There were so many big introductions to the MCU within this movie that the parallels between the two stories was completely lost on me.

When I spoke about the first Thor as a part of this series, I was somewhat critical of it not really holding up. In many ways, this movie seems like it’s taking that story and just doing it better. Which shouldn’t be taken as belittlement of Black Panther in any way, because it does plenty different that more than makes up for the shortcomings of the movie I feel like it was maybe trying to make up for. Continue reading “MCU Rewatch – Black Panther is the least interesting part of his own movie”