Ant-Man and The Wasp: Quantumania – Just another Marvel movie ★★★☆☆

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This is just the beginning. Phase 5 opens with a deep dive into the Quantum Realm where a new threat awaits in Ant-man and The Wasp: Quantumania.

Scott Lang (Paul Rudd) and his daughter Cassie (Kathryn Newton) along with Hope (Evangeline Lilly), Hank (Michael Douglas) and Janet (Michelle Pfeiffer) are accidentally sent to the Quantum Realm with no way back home. Janet warned them about staying away from the Realm but not the threat within it.

L-R Cassie (Kathryn Newton) and Scott Lang (Paul Rudd)

There was nothing wrong with the movie, however, there also wasn’t anything great with it either. The film felt like a bit of a plot filler to introduce the villain to the big screen. Again, there was nothing wrong with it, but there just could have been more.

With a current 48% Rotten Tomatoes score it makes this film Marvel’s second lowest scoring film. Many fans had doubts, but with an audience score of 84% fans seemed to enjoy it.

As the opening film for Phase 5, as well as it being the cinematic introduction to Kang, felt like it lacked any big shock factor. The film was good, but it should have been great. There should have been more to hype the audience up for this next MCU saga.

The mass CGI was also a lot better than that of some phase 4 projects and starting to look more like Marvel as we know it. With Marvel rumoured to be slowing down releases, there is hope they are switching from quantity to quality. Kevin Feige told Entertainment Weekly that “the pace of which we’re putting out Disney+ shows will change”. Future releases will hopefully not suffer the same consequences as She-Hulk.

Again, overall the film was a good watch and must-see for Marvel fans, but it will likely be one that won’t be watched again.

Ant-Man. Image credit: Marvel Studios

The main cast is mostly made up of returning characters. Paul Rudd as always slips right into his character Scott Lang and it great to see on screen. Janet is a bigger part of this movie too. Returning from the Quantum Realm in Ant-Man and The Wasp, she has significant involvement in this film.

The newest Cassie Lang recast left many confused. In the first two films, Cassie was played by Abby Ryder Fortson in the first two films, but she was recast due to the significant age jump between Ant-man and The Wasp and Avengers: Endgame where Emma Fuhrmann took her place.

However, Fuhrmann was visibly replaced by Kathryn Newton in the new film. The exact reason for this recast is unknown, but Newton – even while she’s older than Fuhrmann – seems to be a good fit for teenage Cassie. However, Marvel’s lack of confirmation on Cassie’s current age have left many debating how old she really is in this film.

Seeing Jonathan Majors as Kang again after his short appearance in Loki you can see him have a more sense of his character.

Kang the Conquerer (Jonathan Majors). Image credit: Marvel Studios

The film includes one mid credit scene and one post credit scene. The post credit is probably the better of the two and links to another production set be be released this year.

This is just the beginning of the Multiverse Saga. Ant-man and The Wasp: Quantumania has setup for what’s to come. It could have been more, however, it is a fun, enjoyable and lighter hearted film that is still one to watch.

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Feature Image Credit: Marvel Studios

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