2018 has been an amazing year for fans of the Marvel Cinematic Universe, delivering three phenomenal blockbuster features, beginning with Black Panther, Avengers: Infinity War, and Ant-Man and the Wasp. The final Marvel film of the year finally arrives on Blu-Ray combo pack this week, and its release is overly worthy of a purchase for any Marvel fan. The hilarious film is paired with delightful bonus features that deliver even more fun, and a fantastic behind the scenes look of the work that went into making this fantastic new chapter of the Marvel universe and the Ant-Man series.
The best of Ant-Man and the Wasp’s home release is in its behind-the-scenes featurettes, offering a wonderful look behind the camera with director Peyton Reed, and the hilarious cast of characters in front of the camera. The first featurette focuses on actor Paul Rudd, and his wonderful performance as Scott Lang, in the development of the character since Ant-Man, and his role in Captain America: Civil War. This feature takes a deep look at the combination of great writing, and the hilarious charm that Rudd brings to the character, to create one of the funniest, and most memorable on-screen roles in the Marvel Cinematic Universe. However Scott’s efforts might be lost without the assistance of The Wasp (aka Hope Van Dyne), and the next feature, A Suit of Her Own: The Wasp takes a fascinating dive into the backstory, and visual design of Hope’s Wasp suit in the film. While the Wasp suit teased at the end of Ant-Man was a prototype of her mother, Hope has had the ability to update her suit with many advancements, both technologically and visually. Hope’s new on-screen suit was designed by the talented visual artist Andy Park at Marvel Entertainment, as highlighted in the fantastic book, Ant-Man and the Wasp: The Art of the Movie.
Part of what makes each Marvel film so spectacular is their stunning visuals, and this film is no exception. Quantum Perspective: The VFX and Production of Ant-Man and the Wasp takes a deep look into the amazing sets, visual effects, and computer graphics created specially to deliver the amazing eye-candy scattered throughout this film. From the design of Hank Pym’s gadgets to entire set pieces, there’s no shortage of great visual work in this film, and it is wonderfully showcased through this short. Accompanying this is a great feature titled Subatomic Superheroes: Hank and Janet, which takes a deep look into the history and heritage of the Marvel comics characters Hank and Janet Pym. It’s wonderful to see such a great short that delves deep into the source material it is based upon, and the rich history associated with these now iconic characters.
Additionally, there’s the standard Gag Reel, and Deleted Scenes, both of which are fun and interesting to watch, including a series of outtakes featuring Stan Lee, in another hilarious on-screen cameo. There’s also an audio commentary by director Peyton Reed, who shares his insight on the production of the film.
Overall, Ant-Man and the Wasp is another fantastic release by Marvel Studios and it delivers both on the big screen and in this new wonderful home release. As we prepare for Phase Four of the ever-expanding Marvel Cinematic Universe, Ant-Man and the Wasp is another fantastic bookmark in the near-end of the phase, providing laughs, excitement, and a cliffhanger ending to speculate over until the next Avengers film hits theaters in 2019.
Ant-Man and the Wasp is available on Amazon.com and wherever Blu-Rays are sold.