Ant-Man and the Wasp: Quantumania Sets Stage For Marvel Future Successfully


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Ant-Man and the Wasp: Quantumania introduced a new world to the Marvel Cinematic Universe. The film has made $421.2M at the box office.

On Feb. 17, Ant-Man and the Wasp: Quantumania was released in theaters across the world. The third installment of Marvel’s Ant-Man film series, Quantumania follows Ant-Man (Paul Rudd) in defeating the almighty Kang the Conqueror (Jonathan Majors) in the Quantum Realm.

Now a teenager after The Blip, Cassie Lang (Kathryn Newton) has become invested in quantum technology while Scott Lang was stuck in the Quantum Realm. This proves to be an issue, as her technology ultimately turns on her, sucking her, Scott, Hope Van Dyne aka The Wasp (Evangeline Lilly), Janet Van Dyne (Michelle Pfeiffer), and Hank Pym (Michael Douglas) into the Quantum Realm, trapping them there.

Janet Van Dyne’s character is particularly interesting in the film. In the film’s prequel, 2018’s Ant-Man and the Wasp, her story while trapped in the Quantum Realm over two decades was left completely unscathed. This film finally covers what happened to Janet and how she spent those years trapped, detailing her past relationship with Kang, and it was a very interesting one at that, providing new complexities to her character. Janet was hesitant to even tell those closest to her about Kang because of how destructive he could be and because she wanted to leave these details in the past.

The climactic battle of the film was rather enjoyable. Seeing Ant-Man grow as large and angry as Marvel fans have ever seen provided for some great entertainment and excitement in a film that had its action lacking to that point. Seeing all of the Quantum Realm resistance, including Hank Pym’s genius ants, fight back against Kang alongside Scott, Hope, and Cassie reminded fans of the Avengers facing Thanos and his army. The scale of the battle made it very enjoyable to watch.

One common criticism of the film thus far has been MODOK. This film retconned MODOK from his comic book origins and instead brought back a character from the first Ant-Man film. Many found the appearance and actions of the character to be lackluster, but personally, I enjoyed the character. He was amusing, and he also brought forth an interesting subplot to the film with his background. Bringing this specific character back was also simply a very interesting callback.

Just as he did in Loki, it feels like Jonathan Majors stole the show. Kang was a complex character with his motivation to end timelines, blaming his other variants for sending him to the Quantum Realm, vowing revenge. It felt like more of his background could have been explored with more flashbacks, perhaps to the point where his variants banished him or of him destroying timelines. Regardless, he was likely one of the best MCU villains in any of the past few movies and shows.

Rotten Tomatoes’ critic score is a 47%, the second lowest of any MCU film or show. Ultimately, I can’t find myself agreeing with this score. Rather, the audience score of 83% feels much more accurate for the quality of film that it is. Although it doesn’t stack up to some of the best MCU films, it certainly has good, enjoyable moments. The critics’ consensus on Rotten Tomatoes states that the film “mostly lacks the spark of fun that elevated earlier adventures”, but this isn’t necessarily a bad thing, and it most certainly does not ruin the film.

Senior Aditya Jasti, who writes TV and movie reviews on Instagram page, feels that the film was “more sci-fi than superhero flick.”

“While it may not be the best in the series, it’s a totally fun installment and one that’s worth seeing on the big screen,” he wrote. “All of this makes the plot feel both murky and corny, while the action is less than convincing.”

Both the mid and post credits scenes set the groundwork for some of the future of the MCU, both of which tease the future of Kang’s variants. Ant-Man and the Wasp: Quantumania’s quality felt similar to the MCU that it most directly followed, that being Black Panther: Wakanda Forever. Upon that movie’s release, I gave it an 8/10, so it feels fair to give Quantumania the same score of 8/10. Jasti gave it a 6.5/10.