Ant-Man and the Wasp: Quantamania Review (Spoilers)

Brielle Madrigal, Writer

The newest and final installment of the Ant-Man and the Wasp trilogy, Ant-Man and the Wasp: Quantamania, which was released on February 17, has garnered a variety of different reviews. It currently has a staggering 47% on Rotten Tomatoes, which is quite low considering its anticipation in the Marvel franchise. The $200 million budget film made roughly $420 million at the box office worldwide. 

I was surprised to find out that ratings for Ant-Man and the Wasp were so low, having checked them after I had already seen the movie. While I will admit that it wasn’t one of the best Marvel films I’ve seen, it was still pretty enjoyable. I thought the visual effects were spectacular and the storyline was interesting. My favorite part of the movie, however, was actually the villain. Kang the Conqueror is a returning character who last made an appearance in the TV show, Loki. Kang is shrouded in mystery, appearing in the end credits of the movie in two separate scenes. In one of the post-credit scenes, there are multiple variants of Kang, all appearing to acknowledge the threat that the Avengers face, setting up future films. In the other scene, a Kang variant known as Victory Timely can be seen during some time during the early 20th century. It’s in this scene that we also get a glimpse of the Loki variant and Mobius from the television show. Jonathan Majors, the actor who plays Kang, stole the show and gave an amazing performance. 

One critique I have that bothered me throughout the movie was how annoying Cassie Lang was. She was the most unrealistic character in my opinion and she made very irrational decisions. I think she was too hard on Scott for wanting to live a peaceful life after defeating Thanos; she had too high of expectations and an unrealistic sense of righteousness. For example, after she got stuck in the quantum realm with Scott, her first priority was not to return home, it was to help save the people living there. Throughout the movie, she was constantly making Scott feel guilty about wanting to stay out of conflict, which I thought was unreasonable. 

Despite how much I disliked Cassie, I was still able to enjoy the movie. The rest of the cast did a wonderful job and I would recommend giving Ant-Man and the Wasp: Quantamania a watch.