Marvel's Ant-Man and the Wasp has netted the coveted "Certified Fresh" label from Rotten Tomatoes.
This isn't a surprise, as the early reactions to the film have been very positive, including strong praise from Guardians of the Galaxy director James Gunn, but it is still an impressive achievement. Ant-Man and the Wasp is now the 18th Marvel Studios film to receive the designation and, perhaps even more impressively, is the 12th Marvel Studios film in a row to be "Certified Fresh."
The sequel to 2015's Ant-Man is currently rated 84% on Rotten Tomatoes, which is a slight improvement on the original film, which has an 82% rating.
The 84% rating puts Ant-Man and the Wasp squarely in the middle of the recent films from the Marvel Cinematic Universe, with Avengers: Age of Ultron and Guardians of the Galaxy both at 83% and Thor: Ragnarok and Spider-Man: Homecoming rated 92%. Black Panther remains the king among the recent films, though, with its 97% rating.
Ant-Man and the Wasp is the first of just two MCU films set to be released before next year's Avengers 4. It is currently tracking to have a $75 million opening, which would easily outpace the $57 million opening that the original Ant-Man film had three years ago. The early buzz has already gotten Paul Rudd thinking of ideas for Ant-Man 3 and having Michael Douglas interested in a possible Ant-Man prequel.
Directed by Peyton Reed, Ant-Man and The Wasp stars Paul Rudd, Evangeline Lilly, Bobby Cannavale, Michael Peña, Tip “T.I.” Harris, Judy Greer, David Dastmalchian, Michael Douglas, Michelle Pfeiffer, Laurence Fishburne, Hannah John-Kamen, Randall Park, and Walton Goggins. The film arrives in theaters on July 6.