Ant-Man and The Wasp.

Ant-Man and the Wasp

No sting here: this one’s a big, happy hit.

Paul Rudd, a natural as Scott Lang/Ant Man, is back, now under house arrest for that stuff the Marvel gang pulled in Germany. Like so many of us regular folks, he’s trying to balance his responsibilities as a father and his job. Except Paul, remember, just happens to be a superhero and it also just so happens to be that he might be the key to reuniting the woman he loves with her long lost mother.

Always the loosest, goofiest and sweetest of the Marvel franchises, this nimble, if a tad too long chapter packs a lot in. There’s a ton of action (some of which may be too much for the littlest set) and some pretty special effects. But what I loved the most is its humor and complete embrace of family ties, with whatever family you create.

Rudd is reunited with his original partner in solving crime, the game Evangeline Lilly, as well as Michael Douglas and the scene stealing Michael Pena. Laughs, too, from a most welcome Randall Park, who joins the party, along with Walton Goggins, an impressive Hannah John-Kamen and a gorgeous Michelle Pfeiffer. Hopefully next time, there’s more of Judy Greer and Bobby Cannavale, whose insistent hugs you can feel just sitting in your seat. Because we know, of course, that there will be a next time. Not only because this series deserves one, but because they tell us so, in two post-credit scenes that are tantalizing enough to be worth the wait.