Ant-Man and the Wasp hit theaters this Friday and Marvel has released a new TV spot revealing praise for the Marvel Cinematic Universe film.

Marvel Studio’s self-described “little engine” could series returns this weekend, as Ant-Man and the Wasp flies into theaters prepared to deliver a sizable increase over its last blockbuster box office performance which was three years ago. Anything after Infinity War would obviously seem small. Though it is not to say the opening was not good enough. An opening in the $80+ million range and with early critical reviews placing it at least on par with the positive reception enjoyed by the first film.

So what’re the ratings?

As you can see in the video above, the film is being praised as Marvel’s funniest film, which is very much. Rotten Tomatoes also recently revealed its score for the film, rating it as Certified Fresh. The film currently sits at an 87 percent with 127 reviews. Additionally, the movie is also receiving praise from director Peyton Reed’s Marvel Studios colleagues. Though it’s too early to give the final verdict. Listen to what Guardians of the Galaxy franchise director James Gunn had to say about the movie:

Ant-man and the wasp rating

“Ant-Man and the Wasp is everything you want it to be,” Gunn wrote on Twitter. “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!)”

Ant-man and the Wasp connection with Avengers 4

As for Avengers 4, Paul Rudd — who plays Ant-Man in the MCU — teased Ant-Man and the Wasp’s connection to the upcoming fourth Avengers film when talking about the movie’s post-credits scene.

Ant-Man and the Wasp

There weren’t any major big-shot releases last weekend prior to the upcoming mid-week July 4th holiday. Though the holdovers Jurassic World: the Fallen Kingdom and Incredibles 2 enjoyed strongholds and put up $107 million in combined. So the setup headed into next weekend bodes well for Ant-Man and the Wasp and suggests it could outperform box office estimates including Spiderman Homecoming. Of course, with the less than deserved hype that it received the performance is quite amazing.

Antman and the wasp

“People have asked me about this one (Avengers 4) and this…alright, I don’t know if I’m supposed to say this but I’ll say it,” Rudd said. “It happens kind of concurrently and it’s very important because it doesn’t exist in a vacuum. You have to stay through to the end because once you see this thing through those post-credit scenes. there’s some mind-blowing stuff in there that kind of ties into Infinity War and it’s uh…I think I messed up. I think I messed up yeah.”

The First Ant-man

The first Ant-Man took $519 million around the world in theaters when it was released in 2015. It sold a very impressive $69 million in DVD/Blu-ray/Digital-HD in the states alone. Internationally, sales of the home release were also quite good. That coupled with the rental figures Ant-Man enjoyed between at least $110-150 million in home entertainment sales and rentals worldwide.

avengers 4 title

Ant-Man and the Wasp hit theaters on Friday, July 6.


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