Ant-Man and the Wasp: Quantumania (2023) Review
OF QUANTUM QUANDRY, QUIZZITY,
The Phase IV saga of the Marvel Cinematic Universe (aka the MCU) has been an interesting road of experimentations of introductions and rebranding within this large, shared superhero universe. With the events of Avengers: Endgame definitely closing out the collectively sum of the “Infinity Saga” (from 2008’s Iron Man to 2019’s Spider-Man: Far from Home), this new Phase saga has placed a curious spot on its main leads, with some being elevated to getting his or her own standalone project as seeing in the first of the Phase IV saga in 2021’s Black Widow. New heroes (young and experienced to old and worldly) came into light in 2021’s Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings and Eternals respectfully. This was then follow-up by multiverse shake-up in the Spider-Man crossover event Spider-Man: No Way Home in 2021, which was then followed by descent into madness of crossing into realities with Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness. After that, Thor returned to the big screen, which showcased a very much different side (and tone) for the mighty Norse God in the superhero / romantic comedy angle in Thor: Love and Thunder, while an emotional farewell to Boseman’s T’Challa and the picking up of the Black Panther mantle was found in Black Panther: Wakanda Forever, which effectively closed out this fourth saga in the MCU. Now, Marvel Studios and director Peyton Reed prepare to kick off the fifth saga in the Marvel Cinematic Universe with the third Ant-Man movie titled Ant-Man and the Wasp: Quantumania. Does this movie kick off the MCU’s latest saga with a bang or is it just the standard “same old” superhero romp that from Marvel that lacks substance and style?
After helping undoing Thanos’s snap and aiding in the battle to rid the universe of the Mad Titan himself, life for Scott Lang (Paul Rudd) is going quite well, who’s welcoming on the praise and fame as Ant-Man and the success of being an Avenger member. Trouble does come in the form of his daughter, Cassie (Kathryn Newton), who’s been experimenting with the Pym Particles, working on a connection beacon to the Quantum Realm with the help from Hank Pym (Michael Douglas). Unfortunately, the device’s mechanics goes haywire and sucks the gang, including Janet Van Dyne (Michelle Pfeiffer) and her daughter, Hope (Evangeline Lilly) into the Quantum Realm, which is filled with bizarre oddities and strange society of alien creatures. For Janet, however, a return to this “otherworld” isn’t a welcome one, soon reunited with Kang the Conqueror (Jonathan Majors), a ruthless oppressor in the Quantum Realm she once partnered with and who is now on a conquest to obliterate timelines with a mystical orb of multiverse power. Facing a unimaginable threat, Scott and his family work together to overthrow Kang’s plot to destroy all worlds as well as find a way out of the Quantum Realm.
THE GOOD / THE BAD
As many know (I’ve said it many times before), I am a fan of the MCU. Not just the movies, but also I prefer the Marvel Comics than DC Comics. Not so much of heavily and enthusiastic comic book hardcore fans as some are (and there’s nothing wrong with that if you are), but I do appreciate some of the main story arcs from the comic book lore as well as several of the characters found within. Thus, the translation of such aspect from its comics source material to the big screen has always been a joy to watch, even if the films deviate and / or change some of the aspects of the comic book roots. Much like what I mentioned in my opening paragraph, the Phase IV saga of the MCU has indeed been an interesting experience, especially since the massive superhero cinematic universe has already had its juggernaut of a movie in Avengers: Endgame back in 2019; leaving behind a legacy that is hard to live up with a new saga to tell and more heroes (and villains) to uncover. As stated, this new Phase has brought its ups and downs. I personally didn’t care for much about Black Widow (only watched it one or twice), loved Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings, thought that the Eternals was very ambitious project to tell, had an absolute blast watching Spider-Man: No Way Home, felt slightly conflicted about Doctor Strange in Multiverse of Madness, was a bit a confused about the underwhelming oddity nature of Thor: Love and Thunder, and found memorable (and emotional) take on Black Panther: Wakanda Forever. I didn’t even mention about the TV series shows that the MCU had produced for the Disney+ streaming service platform, including WandaVision, Falcon and the Winter Soldier, Loki, What if….?, Hawkeye, Moon Knight, Ms. Marvel, and She-Hulk: Attorney at Law. I didn’t get a chance to see all of these shows (still want to watch Hawkeye and Moon Knight), but I did enjoy the inclusion and expansiveness that Marvel is doing with their cinematic universe, which is going beyond the feature films. In the end, regardless of what you and I personally thought of this particular phase saga, the Phase IV saga of the MCU provided to be one that showcased a different side of the Marvel superheroes, including new characters and elevating several lesser ones to more prominent positions and placed a large emphasis on new beginnings.
This brings me around to talking about Ant-Man and the Wasp: Quantumania, the thirty-first film in the MCU and the third Ant-Man feature film set within this superhero cinematic universe. Like many, I’ve known for quite some time that a third Ant-Man was in the work, especially when Kevin Feige (the MCU’s overseer) announced a few years back of the upcoming slew of feature films, with some returning sequel projects as well as several new ones. Of course, when I saw the next Ant-Man movie on that list, I was a little bit skeptical. Naturally, the Ant-Man movies (as a whole) are meant to be the more “lighthearted” entries within the MCU by showcasing a more “street level” narrative of this large-scale world of heroes, gods, and monsters. I liked the first Ant-Man as it was fun and introduced a new character to the superhero roster. It wasn’t fantastic, but still good. Ant-Man and the Wasp, the follow-up sequel, was a little bit less than stellar and felt a more inconsequential to the grand scheme of the MCU storyline and just felt a bit underwhelming altogether. So, one can imagine that I wasn’t super excited when the third Ant-Man was greenlit. Still, I did like how most of the returning players (Rudd, Lilly, Douglas, and Pfeiffer) were coming back and that the movie was going a bit of a departure from the previous two installments. After that, I didn’t hear much about the project until the film’s first trailer dropped, which showcases that notion of a different Ant-Man movie than the past two entries, especially with the appearance of the character of Kang the Conqueror, who is set to be played by MCU newcomer actor Jonathan Majors. Plus, the “buzz” about this movie was swarming the internet, with Kevin Feige and his team stating that Quantumania was a pivotal installment in the MCU and made comparison (of its importance) to Captain America: Civil War. Thus, I was definitely intrigued to see if this movie was going to live up to the hype. I did catch the movie during its opening weekend, but I had to wait a few days after to write up my review for the feature, due to my busy work schedule. Now, I’m finally ready to share what I think of this latest superhero blockbuster endeavor. And what did I think of it? Well, it was just okay. Despite taking a more different approach to Marvel’s “tiniest” hero with a more mature “fish out of water” story with its characters as well as having terrific villain in Majors’s Kang, Ant-Man and the Wasp: Quantumania feels a bit undercooked and underwhelming throughout a rather brisk outing. It’s a fun and serviceable entry and makes some improvements from Ant-Man and the Wasp, but it lacks the sharpness and focus of the first installment.
Ant-Man and the Wasp: Quantumania is directed by Peyton Reed, whose previous directorial works include the previous two Ant-Man movies as well as The Break-Up and Yes Man. Given his background and overall familiarity with the characters and how a MCU project works, Reed seems like the most suitable choice to helm the third Ant-Man feature, which proves to be quite effective in doing so. Learning from a few marks of criticism towards Ant-Man and the Wasp, Reed takes a little bit of a different approach to Quantumania’s presentation, style, and narrative. While the past installments were (as I said) more grounded than other MCU projects, and sometimes had lower stakes in comparison, Reed approaches Quantumania takes its established characters to a very strange and fantastical world and raises those said stakes to new heights. Thus, the journey in the Quantum Realm is the feature’s main “bread and butter”, with Reed taking majority of the feature’s runtime placed in this other world of bizarre oddities and strange environment. Thus, Reed sort of makes this movie evoke a sense of science fiction vibe, with a such a visual world of strangeness and unnatural beings that it makes you believe that Ant-Man (and his team) are off in outer space and could’ve possibly run into other sci-fi characters. Elements of Guardians of the Galaxy and even Star Wars sort of bleed into Quantumania’s story, especially with Kang, an all-powerful being with an iron grip on all, and ragtag team of up-starters that try to overtake him, are well-met and do offer up some familiar premise that does work and fits right at home within an Ant-Man movie, never feeling jarring or out of place.
That’s not to say that Quantumania is completely “left field” from the past Ant-Man movies project, with Reed still sticking to his past endeavor roots and interjecting humorous bits and off-kilter moments that are sprinkled throughout the feature, which is in-keeping with the style and flavor of the previous films. There are a few nuances that are left behind within the story beats and side characters that had appeared in the prior installments, but, especially since those are part of the “street level” aspects and with most of the feature taking place in the Quantum Realm, it’s kind of understandable that they had to be dropped for this movie. Plus, Reed does get a new opportunity to showcase a new arena within the MCU, with the Quantum Realm itself, which has been showcased a few times prior to this movie, but never fully explored. In Quantumania, Reed does present more of this strange and subatomic world and shows the potential in its undertaking. It’s not perfect as I’ll go into more detail on that below, but it is nice to see such a vibrant (and colorful) world of which the main characters get to explore, which is filled dangerous and perils along the way and meets some unique creatures and beings. Lastly, the film’s runtime is kept at a very balanced level (sort of), with the feature clocking in at around 124 minutes (two hours and four minutes) and never feels bloated with unnecessary details or superfluous side stories. Could the movie have been longer in some regard? I say yes for various reasons, especially in expanding upon certain aspects (more on that below), but Reed keeps the feature moving at brisk pace, which makes the film never dull or boring. In the end, while not exactly the absolute best MCU installment, Reed’s Quantumania still manages to find some fun and entertainment value throughout the Scott’s latest adventure through the Quantum Realm and encountering a formidable foe therein.
For its presentation, Quantumania fits the bill for today’s standard of both a blockbuster endeavor as well your typical MCU production, which is both a good and a bad thing…. depending on how you look at it. For the most part (in my opinion), the movie is pretty good in helping build upon the visual aspect with such vivid imagery of how the Quantum Realm looks like and the people who populated it. Again, this is where the sci-fi angle nuances come into play, with Reed and his art direction team able to go wild and crazy with such depictions. The strange, bizarre, and quite odd run amok in this movie with that otherworldly feeling, which is wrapped in such a colorful field that pops in almost every scene. Thus, the film’s “behind the scenes” team, including Will Htay (production design), Richard Roberts (set decorations), Sammy Sheldon (costume designs), and the entire art direction team, should be commended for their work on this particular MCU project, which is definitely colorful and has its own type of swagger throughout. Additionally, the cinematography work by Bill Pope helps aid in the cinematic workings of the feature, with some slick camera movement and dramatic flair to help bring some powerful scenes to life as well as bringing some unique moments through the usage of shadowing / lightning and other film wizardry. Lastly, the film’s score, which was composed by Christophe Beck, offers some good and favorable melodies and musical composition throughout the feature. None of the film’s soundtrack is not exactly the most memorable, but sometimes that’s not a bad thing, with Beck’s involvement on Quantumania still lending a hand in helping mold and build some of the cinematic quality to the feature in a way that elevates a few certain and pivotal scenes.
Unfortunately, Quantumania does have its fair share of problems throughout its cinematic journey, with several noticeable points of criticism that hold the feature back. How so? Well, perhaps the most prevalent one that easily comes to mind is the fact that the movie sort of skips around on the narrative it wants to tell and how it sort of looses focus on what it wants from its roster of heroes and villains. As stated earlier, Quantumania is quite the ambitious project to tackle as it not only does have to expand upon the Ant-Man narrative, but also plays “double duty” in trying to establish the next “big bad” in the MCU. This sort of works in the movie, but with complications, with Reed struggling to find a proper balance of characters and storytelling beats in the feature. Events and things do happen, but it’s all kind of glossed over rather quickly. That is probably the biggest complaint that I have for the movie itself as everything happens rather quickly. Yes, while I did praise the film above for being a rather “breezy” movie by keeping its runtime down a bit, it does come at the expense of explore / examining a lot of the side aspects that Quantumania has to offer within its plot. Thus, stuff about the Quantum Realm, the people that live there, Kang’s overall empire dominion, Janet’s past dealings while stranded down there as well as a few other details are kind of glossed over rather quickly in favor for a more streamlined presentation. Thus, Reed wants to make Quantumania feel like a big story with a new place / new setting, yet the substance amount that the movie projects wanes and feels emptyhanded. This also makes several of the main characters become more secondary and get pushed aside more than others, but I’ll mention more of that below. In the end, the potential for some great world building in an place that is only been touched upon brief in this cinematic universe is there, yet Reed doesn’t allow the film (nor the script) to examine such details / substance throughout….and that’s disappointing.
The script shaping / handling itself is also to blame for that as well, which was penned by Jeff Loveness. As mentioned, Loveness has a lot to tackle in the movie, for not only Quantumania’s main storyline, but also to make for a introduction to the next “Avenger” threat in Kang. As stated, Loveness gets top marks for the part about Kang, but falters when it comes to trying to make an engaging story narrative in the film, especially since a lot is sort of only scratches the surface. Events are quite simplified in the movie and don’t really have much weight to them (as seeing in the appearance of Lord Krylar as well as several of the other new characters), which is mostly due to the film’s nature to sort of find focus in other avenues. This makes the script for the movie feel quite simplistic and almost rubbed down to the barebones at times. Plus, the dialogue itself can be a little bit wonky at times. That being said, the usual dialogue in the Ant-Man movies isn’t the most polished at times (my own personal opinion), so that’s not quite a dealbreaker for me, but it can be noticeable in a few key areas. Perhaps with a better script writer at the helm, Quantumania could’ve been a much sharper installment, especially since the film itself is trying to do something different than the previous entries.
Another point of criticism that I had with the was the visual effects used in the movie and how it kind of felt a little bit cheesy / shoddy in a few areas. Recently, Marvel project has been criticized for some underwhelming effect shots in their productions, with the graphic visual effect artist describing the “unrealistic” expectations that Marvel is placing upon them for their efforts made in their films. Quantumania sort of falls into that category, with few times the quality of the effect shots seem a little bit dated and doesn’t match the overwhelming price tag that the feature had on its production value, which is set at roughly $200 million. Not every shot is bad as the movie does offer up some great and slick visual effects that look quite well, yet those moments are marred by some blatant bad visual effect sequences. This also plays a little bit into the film’s action scenes, which are good and fun to watch, but lacks the precision and intense feeling that I was sort of expecting from a presentation like this. This includes the film’s climatic third act battle segment that felt underwhelming from the start.
Due to all of this, this also makes Quantumania feel like its talk a big game, but never really becomes the next “big thing” of the MCU. Of course, the introduction of Kang in the movie, who is to be the next larger threat in the greater story arc in the “Multiverse Saga” is well-met and makes for a solid introduction, but looking beyond that….the film just feels, more or less, a standard MCU entry….something along the lines of Thor: Love and Thunder. I know, I know….each MCU installment doesn’t exactly need to be a Captain America: Civil War or Avengers: Endgame endeavor, but, with a lot of hype and anticipation that the studio has placed upon this particular picture, especially the marketing campaign, and not much materializes from it…and that’s kind of disappointing. Thus, Quantumania just ends up being an average superhero film (sort of good, but nothing grand).
The cast in Quantumania stacks up to be a good element in the movie and, just like other MCU installments, lets the cast of the assembled recognizable talents have fun and play around with their respective roles. Unfortunately, this comes at the expense of character development in a few of them, with some relying on the talent’s screen presence and not so much on the growth or evolvement of their said characters. Leading the charge in the movie is actor Paul Rudd, who returns to reprise his character role of Scott Lang. Rudd, who is known for his roles I Love You, Man, Forgetting Sarah Marshall, and The 40-Year Old Virgin, continues to make his characterization of Scott Lang to be likeable and compelling at the same time. Perhaps the greatest change to his character is that Scott is a bit more of a mature superhero than previous shown in his past Ant-Man features. Yes, he is still a bit goofy and has bits of deadpan comedy angst, with Rudd playing up those strength accordingly, but there’s a sense of an seasoned superhero within the character and it clearly shows throughout Rudd’s performance. There’s a larger sense of family with his character and a large emphasis placed on his involvement in his daughter’s life. Rudd still hold his own in the role and is still quite an impactful character on the entire Ant-Man saga, which makes this more “mature” iteration of Scott Lang to be the most compelling portrayal of the character since he first appeared.
The next main character that makes quite the presence in Quantumania is the character of Cassie Lang, Scott Lang’s daughter, and who is played by actress Kathryn Newton. While actress Emma Fuhrmann played her in Avengers: Endgame, Newton, who is known for her roles in Blockers, Ben is Back, and Big Little Lies, does a pretty good job in playing a new type of iteration of Cassie Lang, a character who is now a young adult and is a bit wayward in her life. Of course, the movie’s script somewhat mirrors Cassie’s narrative to what Scott was in the first Ant-Man movie a little bit, but it definitely works for a new angle to her character, especially since she plays more of an important role in the primary plot of the feature. Thus, there is a lot more to do with Cassie in Quantumania that doesn’t really feel shoehorned into the main story, with Newton handling herself quite well in the role and shares some good chemistry with her co-stars, with special attention towards Rudd’s Scott.
Behind her, actress Michelle Pfeiffer makes a strong reappearance in the movie by reprising her character role of Janet Van Dyne, Hank’s wife / Hope’s mother who had recently returned from the Quantum Realm from the previous film. While she made her debut in the MCU with Ant and the Wasp as well as a brief cameo appearance in Avengers: Endgame, Pfeiffer, who is known for her roles in Scarface, Batman Returns, and Stardust, hasn’t really done much in Marvel’s shared cinematic universe within her representation of Janet Van Dyne. Thus, her involvement in Quantumania is actually quite a good thing as her character gets elevated (more so than some her other co-stars) and is allowed more to do within the film’s narrative. Thus, Pfeiffer has much more screen time than last go around and she is up to the task and definitely handles herself well throughout the movie.
Perhaps the disappointing characters of the returning players would be found in Dr. Hank Pym and Hope Van Dyne, who are once again played by Michael Douglas and Evangeline Lilly respectfully. Of course, both Douglas, who is known for his roles in Wall Street, Fatal Attraction, and Behind the Candelabra, and Lilly, who is known for her roles in Lost, Real Steel, and The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies, are very much capable acting talents and have intergraded beautifully into the MCU narrative within their portrayal of Hank and Hope. However, despite their importance in the past two Ant-Man projects, the script for Quantumania doesn’t have much for them to do in the movie. Of course, they are present in the feature from beginning to end, but the importance and impactful of the story being told gets sidelined drastically; finding their characters with little to no growth and that’s quite disappointing. For Douglas, who has always anchored the feature as the “seasoned” veteran actor (something that Marvel usually does with the features), feels discarded and has little to do with the movie. He’s still present and still makes for a good Dr. Hank Pym character, but Quantumania is his weakest. The same goes for Lilly’s Hope. Heck, the movie is called Ant and the Wasp: Quantumania….and she becomes more of a minor side characters. It’s just a shame that the screen time for these two is diminished.
Of the new characters in the movie, Quantumania makes great introduction of the character Kang the Conqueror, a person who (like Janet) accidentally ended up in the Quantum Realm, yet seeks to rule over all and seeks freedom from his dimensional prison with ruthless ambitions of conquering all. Wow…that was quite a mouthful to project in such a character, who (as one can easily surmise), is to be considered the main antagonist of the character and who is played by actor Jonathan Majors. Known for his roles in Lovecraft Country, Devotion, and The Harder They Fall, Majors has sort of become recognizable actor of late, especially with this particular movie as well as his performance in Creed III. Thus, given recent rise in Hollywood, Majors makes his superhero theatrical movie film with Quantumania and makes for a terrific bad guy. While he’s sort of played the character previously in the MCU TV series Loki as a variant of Kang (i.e. He Who Remains), Majors makes his big-screen debut of the main villain character in this latest Ant-Man and a more proper iteration of how this character is set up to be. To his credit, Majors is solid throughout his acting in his performance by playing up the subtlety and steely demeanor bravado that makes up Kang and it is quite brilliant. He never overacts or becomes too much of a “broad” villain and he is purely terrifying, especially through his nuances and how he pronounced each of his words / dialogue. It’s a testament to Majors acting that makes the character quite memorable. How Kang is written into the story of Quantumania is pretty good as well as script does what needs to do by establishing the Conqueror as a sizeable threat not just only for the film itself, but also setting him up to be the next “Thanos” level threat for the MCU. In that regard, I think that the script does that well. There could’ve been more development on his backstory elements, but I’m sure that will be further explained / examined in future MCU installments (much like how Thanos was). In the end, Majors’s Kang is a strong villain in the movie and makes for a great antagonist not only just for this particular feature, but for the next several installments in this cinematic universe.
Next, the middle of the road new character in the film would be Lord Krylar, the appointed governor of the lavish Axia community in the Quantum Realm and who has history with Janet Van Dyne during her time spent in the Quantum Realm. Played by actor Bill Murray (Ghostbusters and Groundhog Day), the character does seem quite interesting, but ends up being just a “one-shot” character appearance ….almost like a glorified cameo sort of speak. Don’t get me wrong, Murray is up to the task and does make the scene enjoyable, yet still rings hollow and doesn’t really amount to much, which is sort of disappointing. Unfortunately, the weakest new character would have to be the appearance of M.O.D.O.K (mechanized organism designed only for killing), a famous character in the MCU comic book lore and a powerful / hunter that works under Kang’s authority. Why is he the weakest? Well, for lack of a better term, the character of M.O.D.O.K (at least his portrayal in Quantumania) comes off as goofy. He’s not really much of sizable threat and acts more like a “punch bag” for the heroes and villains in the movie to converse with. Plus, while the idea of an oversized head character isn’t exactly bad, the visual effect for such an individual is incredibly wonky and shoddy, which makes him almost laughable in a very high profile blockbuster endeavor. Basically, M.O.D.O.K. (in the movie) reminds me of Mr. Electric in The Adventures of Sharkboy and Lavagirl…..and that’s not a good thing.
The rest of the cast, including actress Katy O’Brian (Z Nation and Black Lightning) as freedom fighter rebel female warrior in the Quantum Realm named Jentorra, actor William Jackson Harper (The Good Place and Midsommar) as a telepath reader / freedom fighter in the Quantum Realm called Quaz, and actor David Dastmalchian (Dune and The Suicide Squad), who played Kurt in the previous two Ant-Man movies, as the slime-like creature that lives in the Quantum Realm named Veb, are delegated to minor supporting players in the film. While the acting for these particular individuals are perfectly fine (no one is showing bad acting or anything like that), but I felt that these characters in Quantumania feels a bit undercooked. They’re quite interesting (to a certain degree) and do add a bit of humor to there scenes, but the script doesn’t allow them to make quite an impact on the feature, which results in them being rather sidelined and less memorable than intended.
Lastly, as is customary for MCU installments, Quantumania does offer two Easter Egg scenes at the end of the movie, with one mid-credits scene and the other appearing at the very end. While I won’t spoil what is shown in these two particular scenes, I can confirm that these secret ending scenes are well-founded and do pose a interesting thread of what is to come in the future of the MCU.
Stranded in the Quantum Realm by an sudden accident, Scott Lang and his family navigate the strange and bizarre landscape presented to them as they search for a way home as well as stopping the Kang’s master plan in the movie Ant-Man and the Wasp: Quantumania. Director Peyton Reed latest film continues the storyline of Scott Lang and his clan and takes the newest adventure into the new territory, bringing something new and setting the stage for a larger plot to kick of the Phase V saga of the superhero MCU timeline. While the movie does falter in trying to elevate the stakes, which renders some of the moments a bit “surface level” as it glosses way several aspect in a brisk manner (and in few other aspects), the film does still make for an enjoyable ride within the mainstream blockbuster variety by bringing a new perspective to the Ant-Man narrative, an interesting plot premise, visual aspect directions, and some great character performances, with most notable attention on Rudd, Newton, Pfeiffer, and Majors. Personally, I thought that this movie was just okay. I was slightly disappointed with it, which was mostly due to the overhyped that the marketing campaign was for the feature and such a larger emphasis on its importance. To their credit, it sort of is an important piece in the current MCU narrative arc and probably the most ambitious Ant-Man movie of the three. Plus, the movie was still fun to be had throughout and Major’s Kang was incredibly solid (can’t wait to see what he does with the character in the future). Yet, despite that, I felt that the movie was too rushed and only glossed the surface of a lot of the film’s world building elements. Yes, the movie is quite ambitious with higher stakes, but I think I still prefer the first Ant-Man, which had a better-rounded character focus / development throughout. Thus, my recommendation for this movie would still be a “recommended” one as I’m sure fans of the Marvel (and of the superhero genre) will still like this movie, despite its imperfect flaws. Then again…. maybe an “iffy choice” for everyone else. I just think one might have to lower their expectations a bit to fully enjoy the movie. As mentioned, the movie’s conclusion paves the way for a larger setup in the grand scheme of the MCU, so I’m quite sure that isn’t the last time we’ll see Scott, Cassie, Hank, Janet, Hope, or even Kang. In the end, Ant-Man and the Wasp: Quantumania is an imperfect superhero movie that skimps around a bit too much, but still manages to get some things right and provides a more understanding of the stakes in a bigger threat to come within this shared cinematic universe of heroes, gods, and monsters.
3.4 Out of 5 (Recommended / Iffy-Choice)
Released On: February 17th, 2023
Reviewed On: February 23rd, 2023
Ant-Man and the Wasp: Quantumania is 124 minutes long and is rated PG-13 for violence / action, and language