The ‘Ant-Man And The Wasp’ Reviews Are In & They’ll Make You So Excited For The Release

Ant-Man & The Wasp is Marvel’s first major big budget movie release since the shock of Avengers: Infinity War at the end of April. The follow up to 2015’s Ant-Man film, which closed out Marvel’s Phase II, the hope by the Marvel Cinematic Universe is Infinity War‘s cliffhanger coattails will be long enough for it to ride on, bringing in a far better set of reviews, and higher box office, in the second installment. Now the Ant-Man & The Wasp reviews are in and the good news is the reviews are very positive.

The reviews for the original Ant-Man weren’t shabby either. It’s Tomatometer rating was a solid 82% fresh, which would be great for most films. But in comparison to the other 19 movies the MCU has released, it’s solidly in the bottom half, just above Iron Man 3.

But Ant-Man & The Wasp has a much higher rating coming out of the gate. With most of the major reviews in, it’s sitting pretty. As of this writing clocks in at a 90% fresh rating, right between Captain America: Civil War (91 percent) and Captain America: Winter Soldier (89 percent). One of the major reasons cited by reviewers? This installment of Ant-Man feels like it’s part of the greater whole the MCU is always selling fans on.

According to Variety’s review:

Also, the size gag is apparently a huge plus. Vulture’s David Edelstein writes:

Still, even with the good reviews, Ant-Man & the Wasp isn’t expected to be a $100 million dollar blockbuster. Long range box office estimates say the post-July 4th opening is expected to be in the $65 – 85 million.

That’s higher than what the original movie pulled in on opening weekend. Back in July of 2015, Ant-Man pulled in $57 million in its inaugural weekend. (Though fans should note it opened on July 17th, a full two weeks after July 4th, instead of the holiday weekend itself.) It was enough to conquer the rest of the mid-July offerings it was up against, on the way to a $180 million domestic gross.

According to Deadline, the film is also skewing young:

That’s good news for Ant-Man and his new sidekick. Hopefully, the good reviews won’t find themselves shrunk by the time opening weekend is over.

Ant-Man & The Wasp opens nationwide on July 6th, 2018.

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