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Ant-Man – Since the late 2000s, the MCU has expanded, and fans are anxious to learn more about upcoming movies.

The fourth phase of the MCU, which is now broken up into films and television episodes, was finished in late 2022 with the release of Black Panther: Wakanda Forever.

Marvel is starting Phase Five with the release of Ant-Man and the Wasp: Quantumania.

In anticipation of the next Secret Wars movie, the Ant-Man sequel appears to be expanding on the multiverse concept.

After the early reviewer screening, reviews and leaks have already begun to flood in.

On the other hand, Ant-Man appears to be continuing the trend of earning below expectations, despite the fact that the last several MCU films have been warmly received.

The movie

Phase Five is presented in Ant-Man and the Wasp: Quantumania, which also features some new and some familiar characters.

In the most recent Marvel film, Cassie Lang unintentionally transports Scott Lang, Hope Van Dyne, Hank Pym, and Janet Van Dyne into the Quantum Realm.

While Janet must confront her history, Scott must work for the emerging danger Kang the Conqueror in order to bring his family back to Earth.

Among the returning characters are:

  • Scott Lang/Ant-Man – Paul Rudd
  • Hope Van Dyne/Wasp – Evangeline Lilly
  • Dr. Hank Pym – Michael Douglas
  • Janet Van Dyne/Wasp – Michelle Pfeiffer
  • Jimmy Woo – Randall Park
  • Veb – David Dastmalchian

Meanwhile, the new characters and faces are:

  • Kang the Conqueror – Jonathan Majors
  • Cassie Lang (old character, new actress) – Kathryn Newton
  • Lord Krylar – Bill Murray
  • M.O.D.O.K. – Corey Stoll
  • Quaz – William Jackson Harper
  • Jentorra – Katy M. O’Brian

What critics are saying

Ant-Man and Wasp: Quantum of Solace, in contrast to the majority of MCU films, has received conflicting reviews.

Although Jonathan Majors’ performance and the aesthetics from the third Ant-Man are two highlights, it would be difficult to ignore the story as a whole.

“I can say with 100% certainty that viewers are in for a treat,” wrote Danielle Solzman of Solzy at the Movies.

Jenna Anderson, a critic at ComicBook.com, had a similar sense of enthusiasm when she wrote:

“Ant-Man and the Wasp: Quantumania is an eccentric and essential spectacle, which further expands the possibilities of what the MCU’s tentpole projects can still be capable of.”

However, Hoai-Tran Bui of Inverse was unimpressed, indicating that not everything is peaches and cream.

“It commits the worst sin a movie can me,” wrote the Inverse critic. “It’s boring.”

“Marvel movies have long become less like movies and more like feature-length commercials for the next big thing,” she continued.

“Ant-Man and the Wasp: Quantumania is sadly the greatest embodiment of that.”

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Both Louisa Moore of Screen Zealots and Andrew J. Salazar of Geeks of Color expressed similar opinions.

“This isn’t the worst Marvel movie,” wrote Salazar, “But it is one of the more forgettable.”

“It’s one of the more unremarkable entries in the MCU,” wrote Moore.

Notably, the script received some negative responses.

Many people believed that the plot’s chaotic tone lessened Ant-Man’s grandeur.

“A bit uneven, it feels like Jeff Loveness’ script wasn’t sure what genre this movie wanted to be,” said Jamie Broadnax of Black Girl Nerds.

The movie’s premise, according to Peter Canavese of Groucho Reviews, was uninteresting:

“Screenwriter Jeff Loveness’ themes are half-hearted and his dialogue sounds like it was written by ChatGPT.”

In an otherwise unimpressive MCU film, the action and the aesthetics stood out as two positives.

“Its action sequences at times get to go to particularly wild places most blockbusters can’t go,” said Canavese. “Most notably when Scott encounters something called a ‘probability storm.’”

“One of the most ambitious visual feasts that Marvel has put out yet,” said Jenna Anderson.

“Quantumania is easily a contender for the most Kirby-esque visuals in a superhero adaptation.”

The jurisdiction

In terms of narrative, Ant-Man and the Wasp: Quantumania is one of Marvel’s less inventive films.

The movie’s main pulls will unquestionably be Jonathan Majors’ performance, the action, and the cinematography.

Fans of Dune and Star Wars will enjoy the Quantum Realm’s design.

Ant-Man and the Wasp: Quantumania follows the pattern of most Marvel films and primarily acts as a stepping stone for the next primary plot.

The film is nonetheless worth seeing despite its inconsistent efforts at humor and lack of character development.

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