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PS Picks: The Simple Joys of 'Ant-Man'

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The Simple Joys of Ant-Man: Ant-Man and the Wasp marks the 20 entry into the Marvel Cinematic Universe, the shared cinematic world that's full of evil but inept aliens and brawny men in brightly colored tights. Having seen most of these films, I'm well acquainted with what I'd call the "Marvel Wall"—that seemingly inevitable moment when logic falls by the wayside and we're left with pure vapidity. Most often there is a singular culmination point for this Marvel Wall: The hero relies on some total fantastical science to defeat his nemesis.

Ant-Man and the Wasp is, to be clear, no exception to that rule. There's no point trying to dissect the cockamamie cosmology that underpins the plot (the titular Ant-Man—real name Scott Lang, a.k.a. Paul Rudd—must enter into a ... microscopic universe in order to ... save something or other); better to indulge in the unorthodox chase scenes and the genuinely funny banter between Lang and his friends.

This PS Pick originally appeared in The Lede, the weekly Pacific Standard email newsletter for premium members. The Lede gives premium members greater access to Pacific Standard stories, staff, and contributors in their inbox every week. While helping to support journalism in the public interest, members also receive a print magazine subscription, early access to feature stories, and access to an ad-free version of PSmag.com.

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