You know how most of the time sequels aren’t quite as good as the first film? Well, that’s not true about Ant-Man and the Wasp — it not only improves on the good things that were in the first film, but includes even more good stuff, stuff we haven’t seen in the MCU before. Let’s get cracking.

I wanted to say that Ant-Man and the Wasp was the first film in the MCU where nobody died. But then, of course, the mid-credits stinger (and the Snap) happened and that wasn’t true anymore. But for the entire main film, I was surprised by not just how fun and energetic the film was, but also the fact that, again, nobody dies. Not even the villains of the film — one of them is arrested and the other isn’t even really evil, but rather just wants to stop herself from dying.

Oh, right: Ghost. Casting Hannah John-Kamen as Ghost was just a brilliant move, because she portrays Ghost as someone who is just so desperate to live that she will do anything she has to, including kill. But here’s the thing: she’s not evil. She’s just the unfortunate victim of circumstance — and her father’s faulty Quantum Tunnel. (By the way, her father in the comics is literally a supervillain called Egghead. And he was played by the Observer from Fringe!)

When Bill Foster showed up as Ghost’s partner, I had a horrible thought that they turned him evil in order to subvert expectations (like Iron Man 3). But, no, Bill Foster is also heroic — he wants to save Ghost from dying, too, even if he isn’t willing to kill.

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In fact, the only actual villain in the film is Sonny Burch, played to perfection by Walton Goggins (hi, Boyd Crowder!). And Burch is pretty bad at being a bad guy — you see pretty quickly that he’s out of his element and his only victory comes from calling the FBI. So here we have an ineffectual villain and a villain who isn’t evil and only wants to save herself.

Meanwhile, Hope van Dyne is kicking everyone’s ass. She doesn’t just outshine Ant-Man — she outshines everyone. And looks like she’s having fun doing it. She and Scott Lang get a lot of setpieces to show off the shrinking/growing tech they have, including a set of shrinking/growing cars and some very, very awesome fight scenes where the Wasp shows she can kick ass as good as Black Widow.

I also loved that the film borrowed from current Ant-Man comics, like Scott Lang and his ex-con buddies forming a security company (called “Ant-Man Security Solutions” in the comic, complete with Ant-Van). I also love that Cassie is very clearly going to become Stature/Stinger in the future.

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Which brings us to Michelle Pfeiffer as Janet van Dyne. Honestly, I wanted to see a little bit more of her in the film, perhaps see a bit more of how she adapted to the Quantum Realm (and what that big sword-thing was for, because it looked awesome), but what we got was great, too. I figured she would also be the one to heal Ghost and I’m glad that Ghost survived, so that I can continue to speculate about a future Thunderbolts movie.

So what now? What does the future hold for Ant-Man and the Wasp (post-Avengers 4 of course)? Honestly, I would love it if we got an Unbeatable Wasp movie, where Ant-Man is the secondary character and we got a team-up between Janet and Hope van Dyne for most of the film. (We rarely get mother/daughter duos in superheroes.)

Or, if/when Marvel gets the rights to the Fantastic Four, I would love to see all of them — Hank, Janet, Scott, Hope, even Cassie — as part of the Future Foundation: