Movie Review: Ant-Man and the Wasp: Quantumania

The release of the film kicks off phase 5 of the Marvel Cinematic Universe.


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The MCU has once again dropped another film in the Ant-man series. Having been a fan of the previous films, I was eager to jump in front of a screen and spend two hours watching Ant-Man and the Wasp: Quantumania. What I saw was a slightly above-mediocre film with quite a few errors littered throughout the film. Before discussing these problems, a brief summary is in order.

The film takes place after the events of Avengers: Endgame. Scott Lang (Paul Rudd)  is enjoying his life as the superhero Ant-Man. During a discussion with his family, he learns that his daughter Cassie (Kathryn Newton) has been working on a project that aims to map out the Quantum Realm, the microscopic world around us, with the help of Scott’s girlfriend, Hope (Evangeline Lilly) and her father Hank (Michael Douglas). While Cassie is showing off the machine, Hope’s mother, Janet (Michelle Pfeiffer), who spent 30 years in the Quantum Realm, quickly turns it off after finding out it sends signals there. While elaborating on what happened to her, the machine malfunctions and sucks all five of them into the Realm. Scott and Cassie get separated, causing both groups to go on different journeys. During their adventures, they find out about Kang the Conquerer, someone who was exiled to the Quantum Realm by his people after he began wiping out different timelines. When Janet was previously in the  Realm, she unknowingly helped him rise to power and take control of it. The heroes must then find a way to reunite and stop Kang from escaping the realm and destroying more timelines.

Paul Rudd, Kathryn Newton, and Evangeline Lily. Image credit: Disney

To say that this film is all bad is far from the truth. There are plenty of good things that come from the film. First off, the humor. It is just as good as the previous films and helped me stay engaged with the story. The actors are talented and fit their characters well. The list keeps going, but the bad must be highlighted also. The most annoying thing about the film is the use of CGI. It is used way too much in the movie and doesn’t look good. The Quantum Realm is quite similar to the world of the Star Wars series with similar alien-like creatures and an evil empire for the main enemy. While I won’t spoil it, just know that the ending of the movie was quite dull and could have been better. Unfortunately, by the end of the film the viewer cannot help but feel bogged down by its many detractions.

So, in the end, I consider Ant-Man and the Wasp: Quantumania just above mediocre. I do not think that it is anywhere near as good as the first and second Ant-Man. The decline of Marvel products was inevitable after Avengers: Endgame and it is quite apparent here. Even with that said, I would still recommend watching it; it remains quite entertaining even with all of its problems.