Ant-Man and the Wasp: Quantumania (2023) – “Solid, but underwhelming” – Review

Ant-Man and the Wasp find themselves exploring the Quantum Realm, interacting with strange new creatures and embarking on an adventure that pushes them beyond the limits of what they thought was possible.


Dean (Guest) – A trilogy of Ant-Man movies. Who would have thought? His films are often reduced to the term “filler” and although the first outing was decent and the second was okay, the Quantum Realm and it’s place in the MCU has always kept Ant-Man relevant.

I was anticipating Ant-Man and The Wasp: Quantumania because it launches Phase 5 of the Marvel Cinematic Universe and more importantly, it introduces and sets up Kang as the collective big bad until we reach Kang Dynasty and Secret Wars. One would argue that honour actually went to Loki but I find there to be a clear distinction between “He Who Remains” in Loki season 1 and Kang the Conqueror in this.

This movie felt very much like a Ant-Man movie at the beginning, and I was really impressed with the first act, with the (new) Cassie Lang having a more pivotal role in the story and Scott’s place in the world and his hero status is a sharp contrast to his first two outings where he was a criminal and a loser. But once we get into the Quantum Realm it gets very messy. The dialogue was often “cringey”, the jokes didn’t always land and some of the acting from secondary characters left a lot to be desired. I also found the climax and resolution of the film to be a little underwhelming, especially with a villain like Kang, but then the Marvel formula has always leaned towards low to medium stakes for a non-Avengers film.

Jonathan Majors is a force. There were scenes where I empathised with him, and others where I was terrified and he oscillated between the two with such ease and gravitas that he stole every scene he was in. Just like Infinity War was Thanos’ movie, this is a Kang movie masquerading as an Ant-Man movie. Stick around for the post credit scenes which, arguably, is enough for you to get hyped for what is to come regarding the Kang Dynasty.

It wasn’t the worst MCU film, and had some redeeming qualities. Walking out of the cinema I couldn’t help but think it was a lot of filler with no real stakes to make the film noteworthy, but has enough set up to make me excited for the Kang Dynasty. 6/10

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