Review: Ant-Man and the Wasp: Quantumania

Ant-Man and the Wasp: Quantumania will be a blockbuster due to its amazing cast, outstanding special effects, and family-friendly fare replete with enough funny lines and cameos to keep people entertained. Scott Lang (Paul Rudd) is back, riding his fame after saving the world with the Avengers in Avengers: Endgame (2019). But when his daughter Cassie (Kathryn Newton) designs a radio to the quantum realm, the family all get zapped into a fantastical world populated with Oz-meets-Star-Wars-category creatures and delightfully mind-bending visuals. But what makes the Ant-Man franchise great is seeing him and Wasp traverse our world with their shrinking/growing tech. Instead, the whole film takes place in the green-screen world of the quantum realm; it’s heavy on the visuals with a fairly light, predictable Marvel story. We meet tons of creatures we want to know but barely learn anything about. Hope Van Dyne AKA Wasp (Evangeline Lilly) barely has a role and instead the film puts Cassie front and center along with Janet Van Dyne, the original Wasp (Michelle Pfeiffer), who somehow lived a full, crazy life as a “freedom fighter” in the realm for 30 years but has yet to tell anyone in the family anything about it, like the universe-threatening Kang The Conqueror (a terrifyingly excellent Jonathan Majors) or the entire reality of living creatures in the quantum realm. Corey Stoll makes an underwhelming anticipated appearance as M.O.D.O.K (if you know, you know), and post-credit scenes hint at a more interesting storyline to come. PG-13, 125 min.

Wide release in theaters

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