Ant-Man And The Wasp Review: 6 Ups & 5 Downs


5. The Marvel Villain Problem Returns

Ant-Man and The Wasp Ghost 2
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Though the brilliance of Thanos in Avengers: Infinity War provided some not-so-light relief from Marvel's much-discussed "villain problem", Ant-Man and the Wasp sadly returns the MCU to business as bland usual where its antagonists are concerned.

The primary villain is, of course, Ava Starr aka Ghost (Hannah John-Kamen), and though there's some mildly interesting moral ambiguity to her motives and John-Kamen gives a better performance than the character really deserves, she's still a total also-ran Marvel villain you won't long remember.

Then there's Sonny Burch (Walton Goggins), a generic criminal who wants to make off with Hank Pym's portable lab for his own gain. Burch basically just shows up whenever it's convenient for the plot, and the brilliant Goggins is totally wasted in such a throwaway, generic role.

Considering how disappointing Yellowjacket (Corey Stoll) was in the first Ant-Man, it's pretty surprising that neither Ghost nor Burch really do much to rise above him here.


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