Review (Scott McCutcheon - 17/02/23)

Since what was arguably the best film in the Marvel universe, Avengers Endgame, the quality in terms of entertainment value has been on a downward spiral. Sadly Ant-Man and the Wasp: Quantumania doesn’t buck that trend. The previous two Ant-Man films with their humour and fun characters were some of the most enjoyable films in the franchise sadly the same can’t be said of Ant-Man and the Wasp: Quantumania. An overblown CGI fest where the main title characters are almost side-lined Quantumania is just another piece of evidence that Marvel has lost its way at the moment.

The story, which virtually ditches all the secondary characters from the first two films, sees Ant-Man - Scott Lang’s (Paul Rudd) daughter Cassie (Kathryn Newton) now as technically savvy has her father. In her basement along with Hank Pym (Michael Douglas) she invents a machine that can transport them to the Quantum Realm. Just as Hank’s wife Janet Van Dyne (Michelle Pfeiffer) is about to tell them to turn it off the machine whisks Scott, Hope Van Dyne - Wasp (Evangeline Lilly) Cassie, Hank and Janet into the Quantum Realm.

The Quantum Realm, which is filled with strange creatures that feel that they have been pulled from a Star Wars film, turns out to be the place where Kang (Jonathan Majors) has been banished. It’s then left to Ant-Man and his party to try and stop Kang, who likes to destroy whole planets, from escaping and wreaking havoc across the universe.

For an Ant-Man and The Wasp film both Ant-Man and The Wasp are in it for a very limited time, Evangeline Lilly comes out of it the worst with very little to do and even less to say. Director Peyton Reed seems for some strange reason to want to focus on Kathryn Newton and Michelle Pfeiffer who between them seem to take up most of the screen time.

Over reliant on CGI and with a story that really doesn’t make you care for any of the characters, Ant-Man and the Wasp: Quantumania is a poor third outing for the smallest Marvel super-hero. Hopefully with Bob Iger back as Disney Chief Executive things might pick up in the Marvel world and we can get back to the standards of Avengers Endgame.


Ant-Man and the Wasp: Quantumania

Director: Peyton Reed
Cast: Paul Rudd, Evangeline Lilly, Michael Douglas, Michelle Pfeiffer

UK/US Release: Cinemas 17th February 2023