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Angela Watercutter, Wired:

There’s no need for a clever introduction to make this point: Ant-Man and the Wasp is the first film in the Marvel Cinematic Universe to feature a female hero in its title. It’s the 20th film in the franchise. Every other one has been named after a man, or a group dominated by men. That’s a lot to put on the shoulders of that one woman—Hope Van Dyne/Wasp—and the woman who plays her, Evangeline Lilly. She pulls it off with aplomb.

Ant-Man and the Wasp proves that the Wasp—and Hope’s mother Janet (Michelle Pfeiffer), if she ever chooses to suit up again—has the goods. So, too, do Thor: Ragnarok’s Valkryie (Tessa Thompson), Black Panther’s Nakia (Lupita Nyong’o) and Okoye (Danai Gurira), Black Widow (Scarlett Johansson), and Scarlet Witch (Elizabeth Olsen). After Captain Marvel (Brie Larson), there’s been talk of a standalone Black Widow film, and Marvel’s female stars have expressed extreme interest in making an all-female team-up movie. The point is, more women are coming to the MCU—the question now is what that will look like.

If the Wasp is any indication, it’ll look good. It’s easy to imagine a world where Marvel just casts a few more female characters, puts them all in uncomfortable boots and one-dimensional roles, and calls it a day. If Ant-Man and the Wasp is any indication, that won’t be the case: Lilly’s character was constantly in flat shoes. She’s also the primary mover of the action, pulling Scott Lang (Paul Rudd) into the search for her mother and leading high-speed chases. Because it’s a sequel, it’s still Ant-Man’s movie, but in another universe it easily could’ve been The Wasp (with Ant-Man Doing Some Stuff). And for a superhero with no powers beyond her suit, that’s pretty spectacular.

I had no doubt that freckles would nail this.

Paul Ciano

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