‘Ant-Man and the Wasp: Quantumania’ Is a Miss



Evangeline Lilly (left) and Paul Rudd star in the newest ‘Ant-Man’ installment.

Natalia Perusquia, Staff Writer

WARNING: This article contains spoilers for Ant-Man and the Wasp: Quantumania.

Marvel started the beginning of Phase Five with the highly anticipated Ant-Man and the Wasp: Quantumania and let’s just say it was a miss.

Out of all of the Ant-Man movies, this is probably my least favorite. While the cinematography was great, the plot was too crazy and overwhelming this time around. It felt messy. I think that what made the last two movies great was their humor, which the new film lacks. The jokes in this movie are childish and forced. The best part was probably Darren’s (Corey Stoll) new character MODOK who came in as a major surprise, being the villain from the first Ant-Man film. His new look along with his personality is hilarious and we see his character change from bad to good because he truly isn’t meant to be a villain.

With not much of a warning, the action starts almost immediately after Cassie’s (Kathryn Newton) invention accidentally takes her and her family into the quantum realm. This place is bizarre and has many lifeforms that we have not seen before. It’s cool but at the same time there is a lot going on and at times it resembles Star Wars which is not what I came to watch.

It takes a long time into the movie for Janet (Michelle Pfeiffer) to inform Hank (Michael Douglas) and Hope (Evangeline Lilly) about her past in the quantum realm which makes the first half of the movie confusing. Eventually, she reveals to them that she is scared of Kang the Conqueror (Jonathan Majors) because she stopped him from escaping the quantum realm during her time there. Kang was a mystery for way too long in my opinion and it made the plot unclear for a while.

Kang is one of the most powerful supervillains in the MCU and I’m happy with his character and how it was portrayed. His introduction is probably what saved this movie. He is so dangerous that the Council of Kangs, who are variants of himself, exiled him into the quantum realm.

I think this movie was too focused on Cassie and it was a bit unrealistic to see how successful she was in battle having hardly any experience. I wish we saw more of Scott (Paul Rudd) and Hope because they’re a great duo and it’s technically supposed to be their movie based on the title. I do think Cassie is necessary for the movie because Ant-Man’s motivation throughout all three movies has been her. He has changed and become a better man because of her but I don’t know if she’s meant to be a superhero.

Ant-Man is a good superhero overall but I find it unrealistic that he was able to defeat Kang (at least for now). It also feels like conflicts were solved too easily like at the end I expected Scott and Hope to get stuck in the quantum realm after everyone else went back to Earth but they were able to get right back home.

It feels like most of the movies after Avengers: Endgame just aren’t made how they used to be. Nothing feels special about this movie or makes it stand out from the rest. This is one of the movies that I won’t remember or rewatch which is disappointing to say since I tend to rewatch almost every other Marvel film.

It is clear by the post-credit scene that Kang will return and it’s exciting to see the impact he will leave in the MCU.