Ant-Man and the Wasp: Quantumania (2023)

Ant-Man and the Wasp: Quantumania (2023)
Ant-Man and the Wasp: Quantumania (2023)

Movie Details

Ant-Man and the Wasp: Quantumania (2023)
Director:Peyton Reed
Cast-onathan Majors: Plays Kang the Conqueror
Kathryn Newton: Plays Scott Lang’s daughter, Cassie Lang
Bill Murray: Plays Krylar, an important part of Janet van Dyne’s past
Michelle Pfeiffer: Plays Janet Van Dyne, a scientist and the matriarch of the Pym family
William Jackson Harper: Plays an undisclosed role that Marvel has kept secret
David Dastmalchian: Returns as Kurt Goreshter
Paul Rudd: Returns
Evangeline Lilly: Returns
Michael Douglas: Returns
Movie type- Action/Adventure
Release date-17 February 2023
IMDB Rating-6.1
Languages- English
Duration-2 Hour 5Minutes


Ant-Man and the Wasp: Quantumania (2023)


Ant-Man has always pulled the tight end for me. Although Paul Rudd is a great likable guy, ever since the rookie Peyton Reed took over as director of this series instead of the skilled Edgar Wright, all my expectations have gone downhill. The first film then turned out to be a relatively harmless family heist in civilian clothes with a funny Peña and a hard-working Michael Douglas, as well as the mythology surrounding the original Ant-Man. But the duo has already shown that in order for this hero to thrive, he simply needs a far more creative team around him, which Reed et al. they simply aren’t because their imaginations are stuck somewhere at the level of ten-year-olds. That’s why I actually enjoy Ant-Man the most in movies like Captain America: Civil War or Avengers: Endgame.

Which unfortunately brings us to the trio, which is a return to those aforementioned ills, as well as the absence of more creative uses for Ant-Man’s powers. Shrink, jump, punch, zoom. This is how the vast majority of fights go here. Wasp (Evangeline Lilly) does the same. And Scott’s now grown daughter Cassie (Kathryn Newton) is doing the same. Repetitiveness goes hand in hand with missed opportunities throughout the film, and I have to go back in my head to the idea of ​​what it would have looked like if Marvel had had some balls back then and let Wright do what he wanted with Ant-Man.

In any case, the story quickly takes us to the quantum realm, where the trio of the aforementioned heroes, together with Janet Van Dyne (Pfeiffer) and Hank Pym, find themselves unwillingly, and because of the old secret of Hank’s partner and mother Hope, who has been trapped here for several years, the central actors are in great danger. The local micro-version is ruled by the ruthless Kang the Conqueror, whom the film initially teases nicely as someone who really needs to be feared. In the end, however, like everything else, the script overdoes it a little, so the moment Pfeiffer doesn’t use the chance to tell others who the hell she is, you start tapping your forehead a little. The story then actually slightly resembles the conclusion of The Empire Strikes Back, when the heroes find themselves in Cloud City.

The local Lando Calrissian, without those redeeming qualities, was then played by the legendary Bill Murray, who you might not even have known was in the film. The reasons are obvious, Murray became the target of the MeToo controversy, so Marvel did not pay much attention to him, at the same time, his role is so minimal that there was probably no need to touch on it more. It has a total of two minutes in the film, but on the other hand, it is one of the better lighter passages. These also include the few moments outside the quantum realm, when the film has at least a somewhat spontaneous impression. Yes, it’s time to talk about the crazy green screen that so disgustingly dominates the vast majority of the footage, or why the trip to this very strange world was a mistake.

I already wrote about it in first impressions, unfortunately it can’t be described better, so I have to repeat it. The footage is literally buried in cadaverous CGI. The whole visual aspect is all the worse because it gives the impression: “Just stick something in there, make it look weird, and we’re done.” Be that as it may, if there are all kinds of quantum monsters in the scenes, at least they fit into the bizarre settings and thus do not take away from the going on. But in this realm, for some reason, there are also a lot of human figures who literally stick out like fence posts. One is a generic warrior and leader of the rebellion against Kang, the other is a mind-reading telepath (she’s there for humor), and the third has a goofy face, miniature legs and hands, and uses the acronym MODOK (Mental Organism Designed Only for Killing). Yes, we are talking about the famous villain from the Avengers comics, whose origin has been rewritten here as that it is the villain Darren Cross aka Yellowjacket from the first film. And I honestly tell you that trying to get that character into this movie in this form was a huge mistake that I will try to forget for a very long time.

In summary, the third Ant-Man is clearly the most disgusting Marvel movie. The paradox is that despite my efforts to fill it with all kinds of civilizations, characters, humorous moments and in the last third even a spectacular action, it is also one of the most empty. Efforts for emotion here largely fall flat, family motifs don’t work, and the whole rebellion against Kang is also futile as they are largely unrepresented pixels with no ties to anything, so their fate is simply stolen from you. However, one essential thing, on the contrary, works so well that it practically lifts the rest of the picture by itself. She is, as you can probably guess, Kang himself.

Jonathan Majors will fill the role of the “second Thanos” for the next few years. In the first variant, we already saw Kang at the end of the series Loki, where he indicated to the heroes what roughly awaits them, and that it won’t be anything nice. In this film, we then get to know the most brutal version possible – the conqueror – who destroyed countless worlds and universes, until he was finally defeated by the other Kangs and exiled right here to the quantum realm. Janet Van Dyne was once able to subjugate him with his unwitting help, but he was no longer able to escape, and that is why he now needs our ant-man. Soon, a little drama unfolds about whether Kang can be trusted firstly, and secondly, if this super-strong, extremely intelligent, and ruthless villain can even be stopped. It must be said that Majors is excellent in this role, he is feared, and when he starts crushing the protagonist at the end in a way you’d expect from the Creed trio, you even get a little goosebumps. But even if this is one of the best villains in MCU history, it’s just not enough.

Play the trailerAs great as Kang is, he feels slightly out of place in this movie. The heroes clearly don’t have it, and the script has to bend in all sorts of ways so that the film remains in the shackles of a “family adventure” and everyone doesn’t die. It’s a real shame, especially considering the credits scenes and certain plans for the future, because Marvel quite possibly wasted their biggest ace right off the bat with this movie. However, of course, I don’t take that into account in the rating, I’ll make do with what this movie gave me, rather than deal with what the others will come up with. Ant-Man and the Wasp: Quantumania is simply a flight in a very wrong direction, where for every bright moment or decent joke there are five bad ones. Yes, it can be attributed to its good that it is not very long and runs solidly, which is not a little these days. I’m still a little sorry for the result, because even though I had zero expectations and this series has never been one of my favorites, the fifth phase deserved to start with something big and most of all good. From that point of view, the movie is a disappointment, from the point of view of the rest of the series, it just confirms that Peyton Reed is an increasingly poor craftsman without an ounce of vision, and that Ant-Man is long overdue for a changing of the guard.

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