How do you come off the back of something as emphatic as Infinity War?
Bug us not for an answer because that's a tough question we'll leave Marvel to untangle for you with our pick for the buzziest movie of the year - Ant-Man and The Wasp.
The Ant-Man follow-up is the latest instalment of the MCU, which is probably the hottest movie property in the world right now. But with great power comes great responsibility and even greater expectations.
Can it meet the lofty standards set by its predecessors? Let's take a look at the no-spoiler round-up of early reactions:
#AntManAndTheWasp is everything you want it to be. Hilarious, sweet, moving, & wall-to-wall fun. Killer work, @MrPeytonReed! And great performances by @EvangelineLilly, @hannahjk1 & of course @Dastmalchian. I loved it! (Pro tip: see it before Avengers 4!)— James Gunn (@JamesGunn) June 26, 2018
What a year for Marvel! Absolutely loved #AntManAndTheWasp. Stellar ensemble and the humor is spot on. (Laughed myself to tears during one sequence!) The tech is used to great effect yet again. Unique, highly entertaining ride I can’t wait to go on again.— Perri Nemiroff (@PNemiroff) June 23, 2018
Dug the heck out of #AntManAndTheWasp. Clever and charming with lots of heart. It’s a bit exposition heavy, but otherwise a damn delight. One gag had me laughing so hard I was in tears and the post-credits scene is easily one of Marvel’s best.— Haleigh Foutch (@HaleighFoutch) June 23, 2018
WOW! #AntManAndTheWasp is a total delight! Funny, inventive, smart and full of great, irresistible energy! The cast is perfect, especially @EvangelineLilly , and the new characters fit in seamlessly. It's got huge stakes, but never loses its smirk or the BIG heart at its center.— John Steven Rocha (@TheRochaSays) June 23, 2018
I loved #AntManAndTheWasp. I don’t think I’ve ever laughed so much in a Marvel movie, though Ragnarok is up there. Nice change of pace from Infinity War. The emsemble is perfect!— Joseph Deckelmeier (@ThatHashtagJoe) June 23, 2018
Ant-Man and The Wasp is a lot of fun. At its best when it’s almost an over the top silly comedy, less so when it’s about the comic booky villain driven moments. Some fantastic miniature/maxature action sequences. @realmichaelpena steals the show again.— Peter Sciretta (@slashfilm) June 23, 2018
1. Black Panther - 87
2. Iron Man - 84
3. Guardians of the Galaxy - 83
4. Ant-Man and The Wasp - 83
5. Thor: Ragnarok - 82
6. Captain America: Civil War - 81
7. The Avengers - 81
8. Avengers: Infinity War - 80
9. Spider-Man: Homecoming - 80
10. Captain America: Winter Soldier - 79
As big fans of the MCU, we're going to see it regardless of the early reactions and we know that many of you will do the same.
But if you're a casual fan who has yet to fully climb onboard the franchise bandwagon, the overwhelming positive reception to Ant-Man and The Wasp alone should convince you that it's a movie you can't miss.
Not only that, it's actually way more consequential than you realise. In terms of scale, Ant-Man and The Wasp may not be as big as Infinity War and even recent Marvel releases such as Thor: Ragnarok and Black Panther, but it has an extremely important task of building up Avengers 4, which is essentially the endgame of the MCU for now.
Because of this, Marvel's tiny superhero sequel has surprisingly grown larger in significance as it will most definitely reveal some connections to the still secretive project.
So, if you would like to find out how Thanos could possibly be defeated (no promises though), grab your advance tickets now and make a beeline for the cinemas when it arrives next week!
Photocredit @ Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures
Ant-Man and The Wasp opens in cinemas on 4 July 2018.