Ant-Man and the Wasp: Quantumania

Of all the franchises in the Marvel Cinematic Universe (MCU), Ant-Man has been the weakest. The problem has never been with Paul Rudd’s portrayal of the hero, nor with Evangeline Lilly who plays Hope Van Dyne aka “The Wasp”. The biggest issue with the first two films is they both had extremely lame villains. If a superhero movie does not have a strong adversary, the film is doomed from the first frame. That changes with the first outing in the MCU Phase 5’s “Ant-Man and the Wasp: Quantumania.” Not only does it have a fantastic bad guy, “Kang the Conqueror” (Jonathan Majors), but it kicks off this new phase of Marvel movies on a high note after fans felt Phase 4 was a real letdown.

Scott Lang’s life seems to be going well. Aside from some being called “Spider-Man instead of “Ant-Man while visiting his favorite coffee shop, he could not ask for anything more. He just wrote an autobiography; he is still with Hope; and, he has his daughter, Cassie (Kathryn Newton) back in his life too. Everything gets turned around quickly when he, Hope and Cassie, along with Hank (Michael Douglas) and Janet (Michelle Pfeiffer) get sucked into the Quantum Realm. They discover an entirely new universe exists there and it is ruled by Kang, who wants to get out of this one and into ours.


As “Ant-Man and the Wasp: Quantumania” begins it feels like the other Phase 4 events. Like it is going to be another disappointment. Be patient with it though. When the story gets going, it goes non-stop until the end. Great action scenes start to develop. There are some funny interactions between the characters and the stakes are finally being raised, thanks to the antagonists in the story. Plus, this is one adventure where it will be well worth watching it in 3D.

Kang is also not the only noteworthy villain in this film. Another classic Marvel “baddie” finally makes his appearance on the big screen, M.O.D.O.K. He made his debut in comic books in the 1960s and was a constant foe of Captain America, though he has squared off against the likes of The Incredible Hulk as well as Iron Man over the decades. Ant-Man has never had a rogues gallery of super villains to face, so it’s great he’s got two here and they are sure to have a big impact.

Will this new phase of Marvel projects keep up the momentum started by “Ant-Man and the Wasp: Quantumania”? Time will certainly tell. For now, though, Marvel fans can breathe a sigh of relief.  This movie may be the start of an exciting run.

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