Ant-Man and the Wasp: Quantumania is an ambitious film that falls short of the Marvel epic it strives to be. Although the effects, casting, and acting are all quite good, the story does not quite suit the character of Ant-Man, arguably better suited for smaller, more contained adventures.
Paul Rudd does his best and you kind of get the feeling that even he feels like this is not the adventure that Ant-Man needs, as the magic of Rudd’s take on the character was always his charm and not his heroics and large-scale fights.
The villainous Kang played by Jonathan Majors is great, and steals every scene he is in however this is more to do with Majors acting than the character, as Kang does not feel like the menacing big bad Marvel wants him to be and is definitely not a Thanos. Additionally, the character of MODOK feels wasted, and oftentimes silly, again they play him up as a feared killer but he ends up nothing more than comic relief.
With this movie starting phase 5 of the MCU, it seems Marvel was more focused on getting everything in order and giving the phase direction more than actually making a good Ant-Man movie…honestly if this story was headlined by Thor or Doctor Strange it would have made more sense than Ant-Man.
Overall, the movie is worth checking out, though it does not quite reach the heights of an epic Marvel movie.
The effects are good and the cast do well, but the story is just not up to the mark. For those looking for an explosive superhero adventure, they may be disappointed, while those more interested in a smaller character-driven story and adventure may also be disappointed.
So yeah I think Marvel needs to step up their game as 3 out of the last 4 movies have been average at best, and although it pains me to say it, my excitement for Marvel movies seems to be dying, so fingers crossed that Guardians 3 can bring everything back on track and reignite my passion for the MCU.
Ant-Man and the Wasp: Quantumania is currently showing at the Eden Cinemas!