It isn’t all action and special effects in Ant-Man and The Wasp; there are also several laugh-out-loud moments! Here are our favourites.
Ant-Man and The Wasp, the Marvel Cinematic Universe’s latest film, is being hailed by critics as one of the best entries in the MCU. A strong cast, great story and a terrifying but believable villain, all make for a fantastic film overall.
But, lest we forget. This is an Ant-Man film, and humour was to be expected. The film is packed with hilarity and in-jokes that had us laughing well after the credits.
We undertook the monumental task of choosing our five top funny moments from the film. Major spoilers ahead!
5 – World’s Greatest… What?
Following a surprisingly subdued opening sequence, Ant-Man and The Wasp re-introduces protagonist Scott Lang as he navigates a ‘maze’ with his daughter, Cassie. Their imaginative adventure game is heart-warming to watch, particularly when they ‘uncover’ the treasure: an imitation trophy Cassie had presented to Lang sometime ago.
On seeing the trophy, Lang breaks into an impassioned speech about how dear the gift is to him and how he cannot bare to be separated from it. After all, it is a wonderful reminder that he is the ‘World’s Greatest… Grandma’. Wait, what?
This was one of the earliest laugh-out-loud moments in the film and it sets the tone for the understated humour that would be present throughout. It is a brilliantly planned-out moment, setting the stage with a scene that is clearly designed to tug at our heart-strings, but is brought to an unexpected end for an impactful humorous effect.
4 – Unexpected Guest in the Office
There wasn’t as much of Lang’s crew – Luis, Dave and Kurt – in this film, but the trio do get one memorable scene partway through the film.
We learn that Lang and his friends have been busy during his two-year absence, having set up X-Con Security Consultants. On the night before a big meeting, Luis, Dave and Kurt are accosted by Sonny Burch, a particularly unsavoury fellow with an interest in some tech that Lang, Hope Van Dyne and Hank Pym have. He decides to extract that information from Luis, any way he can.
But, unbeknownst to Burch and his terrifying goons, there is someone else who is just as interested in that tech: Ghost. The quantum-disentanglement that damaged Ghost’s molecular structure also allows her to be invisible for certain periods of time. She uses this to her advantage, spying on Burch as he interrogates Luis.
However, when she learns of Lang’s location, her curiosity gets the better of her, and she phases back into visibility, demanding more details. The reaction to her arrival is as expected; let’s just say the sound of a bunch of badass criminals screaming their heads of at the sight of a veritable ghost will never get old.
I was laughing for a good long while after.
3 – Inconvenient Phone Call
Ant-Man and The Wasp’s plan to break into Ghost’s hideaway and steal back their tech had some obvious flaws, chief among them being that Ghost is, well, she’s a Ghost so she always has the element of surprise.
Lang and Van Dyne soon find themselves captured, along with Hank Pym, and that is when they learn that Ghost has help, from none other than Pym’s old rival, Bill Foster.
Foster is in his element, pontificating about how Pym’s research, and selfishness concerning it, led to Ghost’s condition. He is really laying it on thick when… Lang’s phone starts squawking. Lang has a custom ringtone that is so unbearably annoying that even we, the audience, wished he would just pick it up. Foster attempts to ignore it but finally gives up and let’s Lang take the call.
This was one of the more intense scenes in the film and, despite the heavy exposition, had viewers at the edge of their seats. The ringing phone was not only a welcome and unexpected inclusion but it was also a very relatable moment. Who hasn’t had their phone go off when they’re being threatened by an overzealous bad guy?
2 – Scott Can’t Get a Ride
Surprisingly for a Marvel film, Ant-Man and The Wasp stays away from big, bold action scenes, keeping it closer to the ground, instead. It works, in much the same way as Spider-Man: Homecoming did. But, one of its larger set-pieces (literally) comes near the end of the film when Ant-Man goes after Sonny Burch, who has managed to get his hands on Van Dyne and Pym’s lab.
Unlike Wasp who has wings and shoots lasers, Ant-Man needs a flying ant-buddy if he wants to take to the skies. For the majority of the film, he has Ulysses S Gr-Ant as his ride, but when he finds himself on a pier heading off-shore after a boat, Ant-Man suddenly finds himself short on transport.
See, human beings and ants aren’t the only visitors to a pier. There are those pesky little creatures called seagulls who hover around there as well, and they will swoop in and pluck anything out of the air. Sadly for Ant-Man, the seagulls home in on his ants. Ant after ant gets swallowed up as a hapless Ant-Man keeps calling for backup. Finally, in a fit of rage, he shakes his fist at the gulls yelling, “Murderers!”.
To add insult to injury, when Lang finally manages to get a ride, that ant gets eaten as well, leaving Lang plummeting into the sea. Not a great day to be an ant.
1 – Luis’ Flashback
It seems like cheating to add in another moment from the Burch vs Luis interrogation but I would be sadly remiss for not including the best moment of Ant-Man and The Wasp.
Before Ghost’s sudden appearance, Luis is spilling his guts out about Lang’s whereabouts. But getting to that point was not a simple task. Burch’s trusty side-kick, Uzman, had administered a kind of truth serum to Luis, but instead of making him reveal the truth, it makes him talk ad nauseum. So, when Burch asks Luis where Lang is, Luis goes into full Luis-mode and tells the story like only he can.
One of the highlights of Ant-Man was Luis’ flashback stories where he essentially does a voiceover while other actors mimic his distinct mannerisms. As many fans have said, Luis retelling any and every Marvel film would make them ten times more enjoyable.
Ant-Man and The Wasp gave us only one scene with Luis telling us a story but it is a doozy! Not only do we get to see how Lang and Luis met, we also get an ‘insight’ into Wasp’s thoughts. It is hilarious, because the actors are all so into it!
Paul Rudd has had plenty of comic experience and manages to channel Michael Peña effortlessly, but it is Evangeline Lilly who steals the show in this scene. She takes Luis’ mannerisms and inflections and imbues them with Hope Van Dyne’s stoic sensibilities. It is incredibly charming and hilarious and somehow manages to top even the marvellous efforts from the first film. Luis for-the-win, yo!
Ant-Man and the Wasp definitely went for substance over style, delivering a gripping story and a plethora of engaging characters. But, the humour once again brings the film together. It has become a trademark of the Ant-Man trilogy and sets it apart from Marvel’s darker fair.
There were so many moments throughout the film that put a smile on the audience’s faces and that has to be the reaction filmmakers go for – not just all-out laughter but general happiness.