[Review] ‘Ant-Man and the Wasp: Quantumania’ receives criticism from fans


Tribune News Service

Jonathan Majors as Kang The Conqueror in Marvel Studios’ “Ant-Man and the Wasp: Quantumania.” Photo permission from Jay Maidment/Marvel/TNS.

Tatiana Ortiz, Arts & Leisure and Opinion Editor

“Ant-Man and the Wasp: Quantumania” is a follow-up to Scott Lang’s, Ant-Man, life after saving the world in “Avengers: Endgame.” Released to theaters around the world on Feb. 17, the movie received 622.7 million dollars at the box office. However, Marvel Cinematic Universe (MCU) fans felt underwhelmed by the movie and that it was just another project to introduce a future film.

The movie starts off with Scott, played by Paul Rudd, adjusting to being a public superhero and father after missing five years of his daughter’s life. His wife, Hope Van Dyke, played by Evangeline Lilly, is in charge of Pym Particles, her father’s company, and is a hot shot in the business world. Cassandra, Scott’s daughter, played by Kathryn Newton, is researching the quantum realm, much to Janet’s, Hope’s mom, played by Michelle Pfeiffer, mysterious warnings and dislikes. Hope tries to get her mom to open up more about her experience in the quantum realm, but she dismisses Hope’s questions.

Unbeknownst to the dangers in the quantum realm, Cassandra sends signals trying to communicate with the quantum realm. However, the family gets separated into two groups while being sucked into the quantum realm. Navigating the dangerous world, they realize the quantum realm holds more than just particles. Scott and Cassandra join a tribe of different creatures who tell them about The Conqueror.

The Conqueror colonized the quantum realm and is trying to destroy tribes and cities. Scott and Cassandra help the group find justice and try to find Hope, Janet and Hank, played by Michael Douglas. Fans were not impressed with the characters in the tribe. Featuring the popular ‘Broccoli Man,’ a monster version of a broccoli, who is fan named, the characters felt unserious and more for comic relief. However, the aspect of the characters was to show the diverse mutations caused in the quantum realm.

Hope tries desperately to get knowledge from her mom about her past in the quantum realm. Reluctant to answer, we soon realize that she has a dangerous past with the realm. Janet discovered a man who was stranded and injured from his ship crashing. Nursing him back to health she learns his name was Kang, played by Jonathan Majors, and he got lost on his way home. She works with him to fix his ship and they bond over lost families and time.

They successfully fix his ship, however, when Janet goes to put in the power source she gets a vision of his life. He destroyed multiple planets and worlds with no mercy, earning him the name Kang the Conqueror. MCU fans remember Kang the Conqueror from the Disney+ series, Loki. Realizing his true intentions were to end the worlds of innocent beings, Janet attempts to trap Kang in the world by breaking his power source. This only enrages Kang and causes him to colonize the quantum realm.

Back in the quantum realm, Janet is a target of Kang and has to fight back against his warriors and power. MCU fans were disappointed with the action and plot of the story. Centered around Kang and Janet’s tumultuous relationship, the plot felt like it was just setting up for Kang’s role in the future Avengers film, where he fights all the Phase Four Avengers, such as Kate Bishop, Ms. Marvel and She-Hulk. With an inconclusive ending, the only surprising parts were the post-credit scenes. MCU fans felt the movie did not center around Ant-Man’s story, despite it being his movie, and more about Kang’s role in the universe.

There has been controversy surrounding the current Marvel films, with fans saying the movies are heavy with CGI and more about quantity than quality, with more movies being announced by the second, but the quality of the movies are lacking the spark of the older movies. This movie was not very interesting and was forgettable after watching it. The only reason for MCU fans to watch this movie is to continue the story of Kang and how his role will be applied in the universe. Overall, the movie was disappointing and added to the list of modern MCU films that do not satisfy fans.