“Ant-Man and the Wasp: Quantumania”: Non-Spoiler Review

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By Vinny Masocol

Photo Credit: Rotten Tomatoes

If you’re mainly interested in this movie to see Jonathan Majors as Kang then you will love it, but unfortunately you can’t just watch his performance.

In “Ant-Man and the Wasp: Quantumania”, Scott Lang (Paul Rudd) is facing one of his toughest tests ever: getting trapped in the Quantum Realm. Scott must dig deep, as he wants to save Cassie (Kathryn Newton), as well as Hope van Dyne (Evangeline Lilly) and her parents, Hank (Michael Douglas) and Janet (Michelle Pfeiffer).

This third chapter in the “Ant-Man” series was not bad but it was disappointing, especially compared to previous installments of Ant-Man or even the magical period from 2016 to 2019 where there was a string of movies that guaranteed an awesome experience.

While there were few positives from the movie, the main positive was Jonathan Majors’ portrayal of Kang. 

Majors’ acting was amazing and made Kang the best part of the movie, even though Marvel has had a rough time with making a good villain character. He was menacing and has viewers constantly asking how they were going to defeat him. 

Kathryn Newton’s Cassie Lang was a character that was done very well and her acting was very good. Additionally, Hank Pym is the most dangerous guy in the Marvel universe and I loved how they handled him.

There were many issues with the film. Mainly, there were no stakes whatsoever and while I won’t go into spoilers, you would know why I felt this way if you’ve seen the movie. 

There were plot holes everywhere and the writing in places was not very good, especially in one particular case. All I have to say is M.O.D.O.K.’s character felt dumb and was an insult to his comic book version.

One of the main plot holes that I had a problem with was the inconsistency with Kang. 

If Kang was so dangerous that the Council of Kangs had to exile him to the quantum realm, why send him there with the device he could use to get out, which was the mcguffin for the film?

As dangerous and smart as he was, he could have easily fixed it with his knowledge of futuristic technology. Why wouldn’t the Council just kill him or send him there with nothing? 

The concept and design of the Quantum Realm was weird and it didn’t feel real for the audience compared to, for example, EGO the living planet in “Guardians of The Galaxy.”  

There was also a charm to Ant-Man in the previous movies, but in the third film, he seemed like he was miscast in his own plot. 

While this was not inherently a bad film, it was just not an “Ant-Man” movie in either spirit or by the literal definition. There were entire scenes in this movie that had no purpose and there were characters in this movie that had no function, to the point where you would ask why that character was present at all. 

The plot holes took me out of the movie, M.O.D.O.K. was annoying, the humor was not there as it had been in the past, there were no real stakes, and it just didn’t blatantly lacked the charm of “Ant-Man” and “Ant-Man and the Wasp.”

See it for yourself and let me know what you think in the comments below.

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